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USCIS notifies H1B processing procedure

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a notice explaining how it will process H-1B petitions for new employment for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 now that it is clear that the demand for H-1B workers will exceed the statutory numerical limit (the cap) for H-1B nonimmigrant aliens for FY 2005. This notice has been...

DOL notifies interim final rule on H1B1 Labor Condition Applications

The Department of Labor (Department or DOL) is amending its regulations related to the temporary employment of foreign professionals to implement procedural requirements applicable to a new visa category--the H-1B1 visa. The H-1B1 visa permits the temporary entry and employment in the United States of professionals in specialty occupations from...

Congress passes L1 and H1B Reform Law

The Fiscal Year 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Bill was approved by both the House and Senate on November 20, 2004. The Bill introduces many changes in the existing provisions relating to work visas, such as: restoration of One-Year experience requirement for L-1 Blanket entrants; re-institution of H-1B Fee and H-1B Dependent attestations,...

USCIS announces FY 2005 H2B Processing

Numbers reflect cases received as of November 1, 2004

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received H-2B petitions for 33,153 beneficiaries counting against the statutory visa cap for fiscal year 2005 (October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2005). The fiscal year 2005 statutory visa cap is 66,000.

Based...

Actuaries and Plant Pathologists included under NAFTA

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Adding Actuaries and Plant Pathologists to Appendix 1603.D.1 of the North American Free Trade Agreement
AGENCY: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS.

ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: This final rule adopts without substantive change a proposed rule that was published in the Federal Register by the former...

The show is over; USCIS reaches H1B Cap

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated cap for fiscal year 2005. Congress has set an annual H-1B cap of 65,000 of which 6,800 are set aside for the H-1B1 program under terms of the U.S.-Chile and U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreements. The...

DOL issues guidance on H2B visas

Supplemental Guidance for Labor Certification Process for Temporary Employment of Nonimmigrant Workers in the United States (H-2B Workers); Fiscal Year (FY) 2005

AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Department of Labor (DOL).

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: On March 10, 2004, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS)...