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Employer Alert on Site Visits

Site visits to employers sponsoring H-1B petitions have been increasing recently as USCIS continues to implement changes in response to its H-1B Benefit Fraud Analysis report from September 2008. As site visits become more common, employers need to become familiar with what to expect and the topics and questions that may be raised by the inspector. The California Service Center (CSC) advised employers that inspections typically check the work location listed on the I-129 petition. (For employees who work offsite or at multiple locations, an itinerary should be provided in the petition.) In addition to speaking to a company representative – typically the signatory of the petition – and the beneficiary, the inspector may also ask to review documents related to the petition and take photos of the worksite.
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USCIS Updates Case Processing Times

February 21, 2012
News & Updates, USCIS
The most noteworthy changes are with regard to the processing times for H-1B petitions at the California and Vermont service centers. Until today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) website had listed processing times for new H-1B petitions and H-1B extensions at two months. In practice, we were seeing a much longer wait for approvals.
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February 2012 Visa Bulletin: EB-2 Jumps a Full Year

This afternoon the U.S. Department of State published the February 2012 Visa Bulletin, showing significant movement in the EB-2 category for nationals of both India and China. The priority dates jumped forward a full year, from January 1, 2009 to January 1, 2010. This marks the second month in a row for significant movement in the EB-2 category. Between the last two months, the EB-2 category has advanced nearly 2 years. This movement in priority dates will open the floodgates for many individuals to file for U.S. lawful permanent residence status starting on February 1.
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