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USCIS Proposes New H-1B Pre-Registration Process

Today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a proposal to amend its regulations to require companies filing H-1B petitions to pre-register each new cap-subject H-1B case prior to filing. The proposed rule will be printed in the Federal Register tomorrow, March 3, 2011, and will be open for comments for 60 days. Under this new rule, USCIS would create an internet-based electronic registration process for U.S. employers that anticipate filing H-1B petitions subject to the annual limitation of 65,000 under the regular H-1B cap or 20,000 under the advanced U.S. degree cap. Employers would go into the electronic registration system and provide information about the company and specific employee to be sponsored. A separate registration is required for each beneficiary. In part, this is to avoid certain petitioners from monopolizing large numbers of H-1Bs for unknown potential beneficiaries in the future. In other words, employers would need to name a specific individual for which H-1B sponsorship will be sought. The registration acceptance would need to be paired with the H-1B petition, which avoids substitution of one beneficiary for another.
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New Combined EAD and AP Card

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) just announced that it will start issuing a new combined employment authorization document (EAD) and advanced parole document (AP) to certain individuals who have a pending employment or family based I-485 application to adjust status. This new combined EAD/AP card will look similar to the current EAD card, but will contain language on the face of the card that states “Serves as I-512 Advanced Parole.” The new card will be issued to individuals who concurrently apply for their EAD and AP documents with their I-485 application. The card will also be issued to applicants who file for extensions of their EAD and AP documents concurrently, so long as their EAD and AP documents expire within 120 days of each other.
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H-1B Cap Reached

January 27, 2011
News & Updates, USCIS
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced this evening that it received sufficient petitions to exhaust the FY2011 H-1B cap as of Wednesday, January 26th. Cases properly filed and received before Wednesday the 26th will be accepted and processed to adjudication. Cases received on Wednesday will be subjected to a computer-generated random selection process. Cases not selected in the lottery will be rejected and filing fees returned. No announcement has been made yet on how many petitions will be subjected to the random selection, nor how many numbers are available for those cases.
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