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USCIS Updates Case Processing Times

Processing times posted on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) website have recently not been completely reflective of actual processing times. USCIS has advised the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) that much of this is due to technical limitations. Specifically, the software used to collect this information cannot perform real-time reporting. The concern is that inquiries to USCIS cannot be made until the case is 30 days past normal processing times. Compounding the problem is the fact that the National Customer Service Center (NCSC) cannot take a referral to the adjudicating service center until the case is 30 days past the "real" processing time.
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USCIS Announces Initial H-1B Receipt Numbers

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has just announced that it has received approximately 5,900 H-1B petitions under the regular H-1B cap of 65,000, and that around 4,500 have been counted toward the 20,000 set aside for those with advanced U.S. degrees. This means that USCIS continues to accept applications for initial H-1B status a week after the H-1B filing season opened up on April 1st. This seems to be a reflection of the economy as it continues its slow improvement. It is interesting to note that fewer H-1B numbers have been accounted for during the first week of this cap-filing season than were received during the same timeframe last year. However, considering that H-1B numbers for last year's H-1B cap were available through most of January, it is logical that fewer H-1B petitions were stockpiled for an April 1st filing.
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