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Updated April 8, 2014

On April 7, 2014 USCIS Reaches FY 2015 H-1B Cap.  USCIS announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2015.  USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U. S. advanced degree exemption. 

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Updated March 12, 2014

USA Today interviewed AILA's Associate Director for Liaison and Information Betsy Lawrence about L-1B delays and denials leading to "an unpredictable climate for business owners working increasingly overseas." For more information please visit

National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) March 2014 policy brief finding that the denial rate for L-1B petitions rose to 34 percent in FY2013 - a more than five-fold increase in the rate of denials since FY2006 despite no new regulation changing the adjudication standard. For more information please visit

Updated August 22, 2013

USCIS Alert on Recent Telephone Scams. USCIS has learned about a new telephone scam targeting USCIS applicants and petitioners. Scammers are using a technique called "Caller ID spoofing" to display false information on the recipient's Caller ID, leading the individual to believe that the caller is a USCIS official.

The scammer requests personal information (such as Social Security number, passport number, or A-number), identifies supposed issues in the recipient’s immigration records, and asks for payment to correct these records.

Be aware of these types of scams. USCIS will never ask for any form of payment or personal information over the phone.

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Updated May 8, 2013

Employers Must Use Revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9
USCIS issued a press release reminding employers that beginning May 7, 2013, they must now use the revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (Revision 03/08/13)N for all new hires and reverifications.

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Updated April 30, 2013

CBP to Begin Rollout of Automated Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record.  CBP issued a press release announcing that the automation of Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record is now effective. CBP also released a demonstration video on the automated Form I-94.

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Updated April 17, 2013

Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act
On 4/16/13,the bipartisan group of Senators known as the “Gang of Eight” introduced the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013” immigration reform bill in the Senate. Text of Bill

Updated April 10, 2013

USCIS Update on Reaching FY2014 H-1B Cap
USCIS issued a press release stating that they received 124,000 H-1B petitions during FY2014 filing period & used a computer-generated random selection lottery process on April 7, 2013 to meet caps of 65,000 for general category & 20,000 under advanced degree exemption limit.

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Updated March 11, 2013

USCIS Revises Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9
USCIS press release on revisions and improvements to Form I-9 include new fields, reformatting to reduce errors, and clearer instructions to both employees and employers. After May 7, 2013, employers must only use this new Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N.

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Updated March 5, 2013

Beginning March 4, certain immigrant visa applicants who are the spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens (immediate relatives), and have been unlawfully present in the United States, can start applying for provisional unlawful presence waivers through a new process.

The new provisional unlawful presence waiver process is for certain individuals who seek a waiver of inadmissibility only for unlawful presence. They can now apply for a provisional unlawful presence waiver while in the United States and before departing for their immigrant visa interview at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. Under the current process, which continues to remain in effect, immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who are not eligible to adjust status in the United States have to travel abroad and be found inadmissible at their immigrant visa interview before they can apply for an inadmissibility waiver.

The new process is expected to shorten the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives while those family members go through the process of becoming lawful permanent residents of the United States. For eligibility details and information on the process, please visit:

Updated January 2, 2013

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:Any non-US citizen residing in the United States is urged to carry documents proving legal status at all times and is required to file Form AR-11 with USCIS within 10 days after an address change.

USCIS to Implement New $165 Immigrant Fee on February 1, 2013
USCIS will collect new immigrant fee of $165 from foreign nationals seeking U.S. permanent residence. Applicants can pay online through USCIS website after receiving visa package from DOS & before departing for the U.S.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement publishes a National Detainee Handbook outlining detainee’s rights and responsibilities.  Click here for a copy.

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