USCIS announced today that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s cap. USCIS received over 236,000 H-1B petitions during the […]

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从昨晚(4月11日)开始,宋和孟律师事务所陆续收到今年受名额限制的部分H1B的受理通知。这意味着今年的H1B抽签结果已经开始揭晓。今年移民局总共收到了236,000份H1B申请,比去年多了3000份,基本持平,并未出现大家所担心的大幅增长。 从截止到今天(4月12日)的情况来看,目前收到的通知都是硕[…]

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. USCIS will use a computer-generated process, also known as the lottery, to randomly select the petitions needed to […]

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For Family-Sponsored Filings: You may use the Dates for Filing Visa Applications chart for April 2016. For Employment-Based Filings: You must use the Application Final Action Dates chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for April 2016.

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On April 1, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2017 cap. U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering and computer programming. USCIS expects to receive more than […]

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今天(2016年3月9日),ICE(US Immigration and Customs Enforcement)宣布,本周五(3月11日)将在Federal Registrar上发布STEM OPT规定的终稿!新法案将于今年5月10号生效。这对于广大STEM专业的同学而言,无疑是一个重大的好消息。[…]

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春节前夕的2月3日,美国移民局召开了公众听证会议,与大家沟通交流EB5案件审理的趋势并答疑。宋和孟律师事务所(Song & Meng, PC)的孟小洁律师参加了此次会议。 根据宋和孟律师事务所的观察,目前的EB5局势有几点需要特别注意的:1)案件审理时间变长的影响;2)大陆申请人排期变长的影[…]

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1月23日,法院判决,允许国土安全部可以延期到5月10日公布STEM OPT的新规。这一宣判让好多为STEM OPT生死未卜而提心吊胆的同学和雇主们松了口气。宋和孟律师事务所也很高兴看到STEM OPT的进程正在有序进行中 。关于STEM OPT整个事件的前世今生,欢迎参考宋和孟律师事务所之前的博客[…]

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The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted DHS’s motion for limited relief from the court’s August 12, 2015 order, and ordered that vacatur of the 17-month STEM OPT extension be further stayed from its original deadline of February 12, 2016 for additional 90 days. The DHS now has until May 10, 2016 […]

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又到了一年中紧张的H1B申请季。H1B申请人常常很关心雇主以往申请过或者没申请过H1B是否对于自己当前的案件有影响。 有的申请人紧张自己的雇主从来没申请过H1B是否有影响;有的申请人紧张自己的雇主申请过好几个人是否有影响;也有的申请人关心雇主以前提交过的H1B申请曾被拒是否对自己有影响;或者好奇雇主[…]

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