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H-1B: Advanced Degree Cap Met

October 25, 2011
News & Updates, USCIS
Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that 20,000 petitions have been counted toward the 20,000 advanced degree H-1B cap. This 20,000 set aside is for individuals with U.S. masters, doctorate or other post-baccalaureate degrees. This means that remaining cap-subject H-1B petitions will be counted against the regular cap of 65,000 regardless of the education level, assuming at least a bachelor's degree.
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USCIS Case Processing Times

September 19, 2011
News & Updates, USCIS
Today, the four USCIS regional offices have issued updated processing times. Nebraska Service Center Under the bi-specialization initiative, the Nebraska Service Center (NSC) processes I-140 petitions for immigrant workers and I-485 green card applications, as well as derivative work and travel authorization benefits (EAD work document and advance parole travel authorization). PERM-based I-140 petitions continue to have a processing time of 4 months. I-140s for Multinational Managers, Outstanding Researchers and those with Extraordinary Ability are taking about 6 months. This especially problematic for Multinational Manager petitions, which remain ineligible for premium processing service.
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USCIS Updates Case Processing Times

Today, the four USCIS regional offices have issued updated processing times. On the employment-based immigrant visa side, the major changes in the current report are primarily with I-140 and I-485 processing times. In May, USCIS reported that the Nebraska Service Center[i] was processing most I-140 petitions in 4 months and that the Texas Service Center was taking about 8.5 months.[ii] According to today's report, I-140s are now taking 6 months in Nebraska and about 10 months in Texas.
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