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Updated USCIS Form I-765 to allow for EAD and Social Security Number Request Simultaneously

October 4, 2017 Leave a comment

Foreign nationals in certain categories or classifications can now apply for work authorization and a social security number using an updated Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.  To lawfully work in the United States, foreign workers in some categories and classifications need both an employment authorization document (EAD) from USCIS, and a Social Security number (SSN) from the SSA.

Previously, applicants needed to submit a Form I-765 to USCIS for an EAD, and then submit additional paperwork in-person at their local Social Security office to obtain an SSN.  The revised USCIS Form I-765 includes additional questions that allow applicants to apply for an SSN or replacement card without visiting a Social Security office.

Beginning October 2, 2017, USCIS started transmitting the additional data collected on the form to the SSA for processing.  Moving forward, applicants who receive
their approved EADs from USCIS should receive their Social Security card from SSA within the following two weeks.  It is imperative to note that starting December 4, 2017, USCIS will only accept the 7/17/17 edition of Form I-765.

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October 2017 Visa Bulletin – Employment-Based Visa Numbers – Eligibility to File Adjustment of Status Applications

October 4, 2017 Leave a comment
Employ-
ment
based
All Charge-
ability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C C C C C C
2nd C 22MAY13 C 15SEP08 C C
3rd C 01JAN14 C 15OCT06 C 01DEC15
Other Workers C 01JAN06 C 15OCT06 C 01DEC15
4th C C 01NOV15 C 01MAR16 C
Certain Religious Workers C C 01NOV15 C 01MAR16 C
5th
Non-Regional
Center
(C5 and T5)
C 22JUN14 C C C C
5th
Regional
Center
(I5 and R5)
C 22JUN14 C C C C

November 2016 Visa Bulletin – Employment-Based Visa Numbers – Eligibility to File Adjustment of Status Applications

October 18, 2016 Leave a comment

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently stated that for the month of November, it will use the State Dept.’s  November Visa Bulletin DATES FOR FILING OF EMPLOYMENT-BASED VISA APPLICATIONS for employment-based first through fourth preference category, and for employment-based fifth preference category, the FINAL ACTION DATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CASES to be used.  Hereunder, State Dept.’s November Filing Dates Chart is provided:

Employment-
based
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO  PHILIPPINES 
1st C C C C C
2nd C 01MAR13 22APR09 C C
3rd C 01MAY14 01JUL05 C 01SEP13
Other Workers C 01AUG09 01JUL05 C 01SEP13
4th C C C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C C C C
5th
Non-Regional
Center
(C5 and T5)
C 15JUN14 C C C
5th
Regional
Center
(I5 and R5)
C 15JUN14 C C C

October 2016 Visa Bulletin – Employment-Based Visa Numbers – Eligibility to File Adjustment of Status Applications

September 23, 2016 Leave a comment
mployment-
based
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO  PHILIPPINES 
1st C C C C C
2nd C 01MAR13 22APR09 C C
3rd C 01MAY14 01JUL05 C 01SEP13
Other Workers C 01AUG09 01JUL05 C 01SEP13
4th C C C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C C C C
5th
Non-Regional
Center
(C5 and T5)
C 15JUN14 C C C
5th
Regional
Center
(I5 and R5)
C 15JUN14 C C C

USCIS received over 236,000 H-1B petitions in April 2016

April 20, 2016 Leave a comment

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7, 2016, that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s cap.

USCIS received over 236,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 1, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. On April 9, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough petitions to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will reject and return all unselected petitions with their filing fees, unless the petition is found to be a duplicate filing.

The agency conducted the selection process for the advanced degree exemption first. All unselected advanced degree petitions then became part of the random selection process for the 65,000 limit.

USCIS will begin premium processing for H-1B cap cases no later than May 16, 2016.

April 2016 Visa Bulletin – Employment-Based Visa Numbers – Eligibility to File Adjustment of Status Applications

March 12, 2016 Leave a comment
Employment-
Based
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C C C C C
2nd C 01JUN13 01JUL09 C C
3rd C 01MAY15 01JUL05 C 01JAN10
Other Workers C 01AUG07 01JUL05 C 01JAN10
4th C C C C C
Certain Religious
Workers
C C C C C
5th Non-Regional
Center (C5 and T5)
C 01MAY15 C C C
5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)
C 01MAY15 C C C

H-1B & L-1 Fee Increase

December 22, 2015 Leave a comment

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Omnibus Appropriations Bill for 2016. The U.S. Senate adopted the Omnibus Appropriations Act (the “Act”) by a vote of 65-33; the House did so by a 316-113.

H-1B & L-1 Fee Increase

The Act includes, among other things, the following changes to the currently expired H-1B/L-1 fees for companies with more than 50 employees and companies where 50% or more of the employees hold H-1B or L-1 status:

  • Additional L-1 fees for companies with more than 50 employees and where 50% or more of the total employees are in H or L status increase from $2,250 to $4,500;
  • Additional H-1B fees for companies with more than 50 employees and where 50% or more of the total employees are in H or L status increase from $2,000 to $4,000;
  • Fees must be paid on initial petitions as well as extension petitions;
  • Fees are authorized for ten years, running through September 30, 2025;
  • The funds generated by these fees will be split between the 9-11 programs and the Biometric Entry-Exit program;
  • The addl. fee goes into effect immediately.  In fact, the US Consulates in India are already charging it.

Fees Breakdown

While we await the final guidance from USCIS on the precise fees to be paid, the following appears to be the breakdown:

  • H-1B initial filing: $325* + $1500** + $4000*** + $500**** = $6325
  • H-1B first extension: $325 + $1500 + $4000 = $5825
  • H-1B second/subsequent extension: $325 + $4000 = $4325
  • L-1 initial filing: $325 + 4500 + 500 = $5325
  • L-1 first or subsequent extension: $325 + $4500 = $4825

*Form I-129 Fee

**ACWIA H-1B training Fee

*** 9-11 Response and Biometric Entry-Exit Fee

****Fraud Detection and Prevention Fee

Precise fee details will be posted on this blog once there is guidance from USCIS.

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