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  • Type: News
    Post date: Mar 27th 2020
    Body:

    USCIS has received enough electronic registrations during the initial period to reach the FY 2021 H-1B numerical allocations (H-1B cap). USCIS randomly selected from among the registrations properly submitted. USCIS intends to notify petitioners with selected registrations no later than March 31, 2020, that they are eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for the beneficiary named in the applicable selected registration.

    Registrants’ online accounts will now show one of the following statuses for each registration (that is, for each beneficiary registered):

    • Submitted: A registration status may continue to show “Submitted” after the initial selection process has been completed. “Submitted” registrations will remain in consideration for selection until the end of the fiscal year, at which point all registration statuses will be Selected, Not Selected, or Denied.
    • Selected: Selected to file an FY 2021 H-1B cap-subject petition.
    • Denied: A duplicate registration was submitted by the same registrant for the same beneficiary, or a payment method was declined and not reconciled. If denied as a duplicate registration, all registrations you submitted for this beneficiary for the fiscal year are invalid.

    Only petitioners with selected registrations may file H-1B cap-subject petitions for FY 2021, and only for the beneficiary in the applicable selected registration notice.

    For more information, visit the H-1B Electronic Registration Process page.

  • Type: News
    Post date: Mar 27th 2020
    Body:

    In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it is adopting a measure to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to requests for evidence (RFEs) and notices of intent to deny (NOIDs) dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020.   

    For applicants and petitioners who receive an RFE or NOID dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020, any responses submitted within 60 calendar days after the response deadline set forth in the RFE or NOID will be considered by USCIS before any action is taken. 

    USCIS is adopting several measures to protect the workforce and community, and to minimize the immigration consequences for those seeking immigration benefits during this time. 

    USCIS will provide further updates as the situation develops and will continue to follow CDC guidance. Education and precautions are the strongest tools against COVID-19 infection. Please visit uscis.gov/coronavirus for latest facts and other USCIS updates.

  • Type: News
    Post date: Mar 27th 2020
    Body:

    On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and Application Support Centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). USCIS offices will reopen on April 7 unless the public closures are extended further. Employees in these offices are continuing to perform mission-essential services that do not require face-to-face contact with the public.

    USCIS will continue to provide limited emergency services. Please call the Contact Center for assistance with emergency services.

    USCIS field offices will send notices to applicants and petitioners with scheduled appointments and naturalization ceremonies impacted by the extended closure. USCIS asylum offices will send interview cancellation notices and automatically reschedule asylum interviews. When the interview is rescheduled, asylum applicants will receive a new interview notice with the new time, date and location of the interview. When USCIS again resumes normal operations, USCIS will automatically reschedule ASC appointments due to the office closure. You will receive a new appointment letter in the mail. Individuals who had InfoPass or other appointments must reschedule through the USCIS Contact Center once field offices are open to the public again. Please check to see if your field office has been reopened before reaching out to the USCIS Contact Center.   

    Education and precautions are the strongest tools against infection. Get the latest facts by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 website. Continue to practice good health habits, refrain from handshakes or hugs as greetings, and wash hands and clean surfaces appropriately.

    USCIS will provide further updates as the situation develops and will continue to follow CDC guidance. Please also visit uscis.gov/coronavirus for updates.

  • Type: FAQ
    Post date: Mar 26th 2020
    Body:

    Watch the Video on this FAQ:

    Loss of job/laid off during Covid/coronavirus times

     

    Video Transcript:

    Question: 

    I lost job and my last date of employment with the employer is March 20, 2020. This employer sponsored H1B and also had ported GC AOS in 2018.:

    1. After my last date of employment (March 20, 2020), how much time do I have to transfer H1B and I-487 to a new employer?

    2. Will losing the job affect the EAD renewal in processing? 

    3. How would it affect I-487 application, which can become current any time soon?

    Answer: 

    First of all you are in a good situation because if you have a I-485 pending then you can continue to stay even if you lose your H-1B or L-1 or any status because I-485 allows you to stay here. EAD that comes with I-485 allows you to work here and advance parole that comes with the I-485 allows you to travel. Keep in mind that all these are additional benefits to being able to stay.

    1. You have 60 days or the time remaing in on I-94 whichever is sorted so in this case probably 60 days.

    2. It will not.

    3. By the time you are ready to deal with the I-485 you should get another employment or at least an employment offer. More...

     

     

    Note: This is a verbatim transcript of the referenced audio/video media delivered as oral communication, and, therefore, may not conform to written grammatical or syntactical form.

  • Type: Page
    Post date: Mar 22nd 2020
    Body:

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers you a variety of services both before and after you file your case. For example, using the links provided on the left panel, you can:

    • Determine how long we take to process a particular type of case;
    • Easily check the status of your case by clicking on the USCIS Web site; or
    • Check the customer guide which explains how to contact USCIS. The guide will also help you determine if your case is outside of the targeted processing time. 


    Please click on this link, https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/ to access the USCIS website.