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  • USCIS Completes Data Entry Of FY 2019 H1B Cap Petitions

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has completed data entry of all FY 2019 H1B Cap petitions selected in the H1B lottery. USCIS will now begin returning all H1B Cap petitions that were not selected in the 2018 H1B lottery. USCIS has not provided a time frame for returning these petitions, but has stated that it will issue an announcement once all the unselected petitions have been returned.

    Transfer of H1B Cap Petitions

    USCIS has also announced that it may transfer some 2018 H1B Cap petitions between the Vermont Service Center and the California Service Center to balance the distribution of H1B Cap cases. Petitioners whose cases are transferred will receive a notification in the mail in this regard.

     NOTE: Petitioners receiving a notification regarding transfer of H1B Cap petitions must make sure to send all future correspondence regarding the case to the Service Center processing the petition.

    If your H-1B Cap petition is not selected in the lottery, you can utilize H1B visa alternatives and get a brief overview of a number of available options by checking out What Would You Do If the H1B Cap is Reached?

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  • New Unlawful Presence Rules For F, J And M Nonimmigrants
    USCIS has issued a new policy memorandum for calculating unlawful presence for students and exchange visitors in F, J, and M nonimmigrant status, and their dependents. Under the new policy that will go into effect on August 9, 2018, F, J, and M nonimmigrants who failed to maintain their status before August 9, 2018, will start accruing unlawful presence on that date unless they had already started accruing unlawful presence on the earliest of any of the following: The day after DHS denied the request for an immigration benefit, if DHS made a formal finding that the individual violated his or her nonimmigrant status while adjudicating a request for another immigration benefit; The day after their I-94 expired; or The day after an immigration judge or in certain cases, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), ordered them excluded, deported, or removed (whether or not the decision is appealed). F, J, or M nonimmigrants who fail to maintain their status on or after August 9, 2018, will start accruing unlawful presence on the earliest of any of the following: The day after they no longer pursue the course of study or the authorized activity; or The day after they engage in an unauthorized activity; The day after completing the course of study or program, including any authorized practical training plus any authorized grace period; The day after the I-94 expires; or The day after an immigration judge, or in certain cases, the BIA, orders them excluded, deported, or removed (whether or not the decision is appealed). USCIS is accepting comments on the policy memorandum. The 30-day public comment period closes on June 11, 2018. It should be noted that individuals who have accrued more than 180 days of unlawful presence during a single stay, and then depart, may be subject to three-year or 10-year bars to admission, depending on how much unlawful presence they accrued before they departed the United States. Individuals who have accrued a total period of more than one year of …
  • CW-1 Cap Update: USCIS Conducts Lottery

    USCIS has completed the CW-1 lottery to select enough petitions to meet the annual cap of 4,999 for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1) program.

    USCIS had earlier announced that it would conduct a lottery to randomly select CW-1 petitions received between April 2, 2018 and April 13, 2018, and petitions received after April 13 will be rejected and will not be considered for the lottery.

    USCIS has completed data entry for all FY 2019 CW-1 cap-subject petitions selected in the lottery and has returned all petitions that were not selected in the lottery. Petitioners who submitted a CW-1 cap-subject petition between April 2 and April 13, and have not received a receipt notice or a returned petition by May 16, should contact USCIS to find out about the status of their petitions.

    If you have any questions regarding any of the US visas, or need any assistance in filing a nonimmigrant visa application, please Contact VisaPro immediately. Our experienced attorneys will be happy to assist you.

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  • USCIS To Mail Documents Using Secure Delivery Service.

    Starting April 30, 2018, USCIS will begin using USPS Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery service to mail Green Cards and other secure documents.

    In the first phase, USCIS will use this new delivery method for documents that need to be re-mailed because they have been returned as non-deliverable, including Permanent Resident Cards, EADs, and Travel Booklets.

    Under the USPS Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery service, applicants must present identification to sign for their documents upon delivery. Applicants will also have the option to

    • designate an agent to sign on their behalf, or
    • arrange for pickup at a post office at a convenient date and time.

    Applicants can also sign up for USPS Informed Delivery to receive delivery status notifications.

    Contact VisaPro if you have any questions regarding the Green Card process or need help in filing for an immigrant visa. Our experienced Immigration Attorneys will be happy to assist you. Schedule a free visa assessment today to discuss your specific situation.

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  • TPS Nepal To Terminate In June 2019

    Department of Homeland Security has announced that the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nepal will terminate on June 24, 2019. Nepali Citizens with TPS must arrange for their departure or seek alternative lawful immigration status in the U.S. before that date.

    Nepali Citizens with current TPS registrations will be required to re-register for TPS and apply for Employment Authorization Document (EAD) in order to legally work in the U.S. till June 25, 2019.

    

    If you have any questions regarding a U.S. visa, or need help applying for a U.S. visa, contact our best immigration attorneys for a FREE Immigration Lawyer Consultation.

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  • Form N-565 Filing Fee May Now Be Paid By Credit Card

    Applicants filing Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document must note that the Nebraska Service Center is no longer accepting this form. The form must be filed with USCIS Phoenix Lockbox facility.

    The $555 Form N-565 filing fee may be paid with a money order, personal check, cashier’s check, or by credit card using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions.

    Form N-565 is used to apply for a replacement Declaration of Intention; Naturalization Certificate; Certificate of Citizenship; or Repatriation Certificate; or to apply for a special certificate of naturalization as a U.S. citizen to be recognized by a foreign country.

    If you have any questions regarding Form N-565 or any of the US visas, our best immigration lawyers will be happy to assist you. Schedule A Free Immigration Lawyer Consultation Today >>

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  • Form DS-160: New DOS Proposal To Seek Details Of Social Media Accounts
    DOS has issued a notice calling for comments from the public about proposed revisions to nonimmigrant visa application forms – Form DS-160 and DS-156. The proposal from DOS includes adding several additional questions in the forms, seeking additional information, including: information about the social media accounts used by them in the past five year period. The form will contain a list of social media platforms and DOS may update the list by adding or removing platforms. Applicants will also be given an option to provide information about any other social media accounts that they have used in the last five years, and that is not listed in the form; details of telephone numbers and email addresses used in the last five years; whether the applicant has been deported or removed from any country; whether specified family members of the applicant have been involved in terrorist activities. Forms DS-160 and DS-156 are used to collect biographical information from individuals seeking a U.S. nonimmigrant visa. While the Form DS-160 is submitted online and is used by the vast majority of nonimmigrant visa applicants, the paper version of Form DS-156 is used in limited circumstances and is required of all nonimmigrant visa applicants who do not use the online DS-160. The proposal is open for comments from the public up to May 29, 2018. We will continue to monitor developments related to the proposed changes in the forms DS-160 and DS-156, and keep our readers informed. If you have any questions regarding the online Form DS-160, or need any assistance in filing a nonimmigrant visa application, please Contact VisaPro immediately. Our experienced attorneys will be happy to assist you. The post Form DS-160: New DOS Proposal To Seek Details Of Social Media Accounts appeared first on VisaPro. …
  • USCIS May 2018 Visa Bulletin Update

    USCIS has announced the Adjustment of Status Filing Charts for May 2018, providing information on which Green Card applicants can file their Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status with USCIS in May 2018.

    According to the May 2018 Adjustment of Status Filing Charts, applicants under employment-based visa preference categories must use the Final Action Dates chart of May 2018 DOS Visa Bulletin for filing their Adjustment of Status application in May 2018.

    Green Card applicants in employment-based visa preference categories whose priority date is either current, or earlier than the date on the Final Action Dates chart, may file their Adjustment of Status application in May 2018.

    Applicants under family-based visa preference categories must use the Dates for Filing chart of May 2018 DOS Visa Bulletin for filing their Adjustment of Status application in May 2018.

    Check out the latest visa bulletin for a complete listing of the current cut-off dates and availability of immigrant visa numbers.

    Schedule a FREE Case Evaluation with our experienced immigration attorneys if you have any questions about your eligibility for filing an Adjustment of Status or an Immigrant Visa application.

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  • H1B Visa 2018 Lottery Is Finalized
    USCIS has completed the H1B lottery to select enough petitions to meet the annual H1B Cap of 65,000 under the general category, and 20,000 under the U.S. advanced degree exemption category (popularly known as the “H1B Masters Cap”). H1B Visa 2018 Lottery Highlights USCIS received 190,098 H1B petitions [i.e. 8,902 petitions less than last year] during the 2018 H1B Cap filing period that began on April 2, 2018. NOTE: This is an indication of the increased scrutiny and nervous state of the U.S. employers under Trump administration. USCIS conducted the H1B 2018 lottery on April 11, 2018. The H1B lottery was conducted for petitions filed under the H1B advanced degree exemption first. All unselected H1B Masters Cap petitions then became part of the H1B lottery for the 65,000 H1B cap. USCIS has temporarily suspended premium processing for H1B Cap petitions. For cap-subject petitions not selected in the lottery, USCIS will reject and return the petitions with filing fees, unless it is found to be a duplicate filing. USCIS has not indicated the date by when Receipt Notices would be issued to petitioners whose H1B cap petitions were successful in the lottery. We will continue to monitor developments related to the 2018 H1B Cap filings and keep our readers informed. You can utilize H1B visa alternatives and get a brief overview of a number of available options by checking out What Would You Do If the H1B Cap is Reached? The post H1B Visa 2018 Lottery Is Finalized appeared first on VisaPro. …
  • Visa Bulletin May 2018: EB-2 China And EB-3 India Advance
    The U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin May 2018 shows marginal advancement in EB-2 China and EB-3 India in the Application Final Action Dates chart. EB-2 India also advanced in the Dates for Filing Applications chart for the employment-based visa preference categories. USCIS is yet to announce which chart may be used in May 2018 for filing applications for Adjustment of Status with USCIS. Unless USCIS indicates otherwise, applicants seeking to file for adjustment of status must follow the dates in the Application Final Action Dates chart to determine when they could file their adjustment of status applications. May 2018 Visa Bulletin Highlights The following are the key highlights in the Application Final Action Dates chart of May 2018 Visa Bulletin: Priority date for EB-1 remained stagnant at January 1, 2012 for China and India, and Current for all other countries other than China and India. Priority date for EB-2 China advanced from August 1, 2014 to September 1, 2014. In the EB-2 Category for India, the cut-off date remained stagnant at December 22, 2008. The EB-2 Category continues to remain Current for all countries other than China and India. In the EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers Category, priority date for mainland China remained stagnant at June 01, 2015. Priority date for EB-3 India advanced from February 1, 2008 to May 01, 2008. Priority date for EB-3 Philippines remained stagnant at January 1, 2017. The priority date for mainland China under the EB-3 Other Workers Category advanced from April 1, 2007 to May 1, 2007. In the EB-3 category, priority date remained Current for all countries other than China, India, and Philippines. Priority date for EB-5 Vietnam retrogressed from Current to July 22, 2014. The following are the key highlights in the Dates for Filing Applications chart of May 2018 Visa Bulletin: Priority date for EB-2 India advanced from February 08, 2009 to April 01, 2009. Priority date for EB-3 India advanced from April 01, 2008 to …


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Starting July 17, 2017, the International Entrepreneur Parole will enable start-up business-owners and entrepreneurs to begin to establish and gr…

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a final rule revising regulations affecting

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Border Security Fee $2,000 and $2,250 For H-1B and L-1 Petitions Is No Longer Required Provisions imposing the 'border security fee', an additional filing fee of $2,000 for certain H-1B petitions and $2,250 for certain L-1 petitions has lapsed on October 1, 2015.

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Infosys Pays Record $34 million to Settle Allegations of Systemic Visa Fraud and Abuse of Immigration Processes The U.S. Justice Department has announced that Infosys Corporation, an Indian consulting, technology, and outsourcing company, has agreed to a civil settlement of allegations of systemic visa fraud and abuse of i…

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CW-1 Visa Classification: DHS Sets Limit of 14,000 for FY 2014 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently announced a limit of 14,000 nonimmigrants for fiscal year (FY) 2014 for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-Only Transitional Worker (C…

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USCIS Temporarily Suspends Adjudication of Most H-2B Petitions USCIS has announced that effective March 22, 2013, it temporarily suspended adjudication of most Form I-129 H-2B petitions for temporary non-agricultural workers. This development follows a Court order entered on …

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Indian National Pleads Guilty in Fraudulent H1B Visa Scheme An Indian national has pleaded guilty to five federal charges for his participation in a fraudulent scheme to obtain false H-1B visas for foreign workers. It is reported that he executed a fraudulent scheme by sub…

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Sen. Grassley introduces H-1B and L-1 Visa Reforms Bill Proposes Additional Requirements for H1B and L1 Approvals On March 18, 2013, Senator Chuck Grassley and Senator Sherrod Brown introduced a bill that they claim will bring reforms to the H-1B and L visa programs and help ensure that Americans are given top consideration w…

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New E Visa Processing Instructions for Mission Italy The US Embassy in Italy has published new E visa processing instructions for Mission Italy, and has announced that effective August 15, 2012 all E visa submissions must comply with the new procedures, which are br…

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Employer ordered to pay Back Wages of about $253,000 for violation of H-1B Wage Laws In a recent decision from the United States Department of Labor Office of Administrative Law Judges (Administrator, Wage and Hour Division vs. Xcel Solutions Corporation), Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) T…

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AAO issues Binding Precedent Decision on P-3 Visa Petition The USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) has issued a binding precedent decision addressing the term unique" and its significance in the adjudication of petitions for per…

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R-1 Religious Workers Can Recapture Time Spent Outside the U.S. The USCIS has recently issued a Policy Memorandum outlining the procedure to be used for recapturing time spent outside the US by R-1 nonimmigrants when seeking an extension of their R nonimmigrant status.
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New DOS Rule to allow L Visas to be issued for up to 5 years DOS has passed a new rule that permits the issuance of L visas with validity periods based on the visa reciprocity schedule, which for certain countries, can be for a period up to 5 years. Under the current DOS re…

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Report suggests dramatic increase in denials of H-1B and L-1 petitions by USCIS A recent report of the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), a non-profit, public policy research organization based in Arlington, Virginia, suggests that there has been a dramatic increase in denials of…

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USCIS to allow bundled filings for L-1 petitions USCIS has, in a communication to stakeholders, informed that if petitioners bundle multiple L-1B petitions related to the same project, where the location and the specialized knowledge duties of the beneficiaries …

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Chennai Consulate to be the Sole Blanket L Visa Processing Center in India The US Embassy in New Delhi has announced that starting December 1, 2011, the US Consulate General in Chennai will be the sole Blanket L cat…

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ALJ approves Settlement Agreement in Prince George's County H-1B Teachers case On September 20, 2011, the Office of the Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) of the U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, DC, issued a Decision and Order approving a Settlement Agreement between the Administrator of t…

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DOL postpones the effective date for final rule concerning H-2B wage methodology The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a 60-day postponement of the effective date for the final rule concerning the wage methodology for the Temporary Non-Agricultural Employment H-2B program, postponing the…

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OFLC issues Q&As regarding delays in issuing PWD and H1B LCAs On September 12, 2011, the Office of Foreign labor Certification (OFLC) issued Questions and Answers regarding the delays in issuing Prevailing Wage Determinations (PWD) and H-1B Labor Condition Applications (LCA)…

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USCIS publishes Final Rule establishing Transitional Worker Classification for workers in CNMI USCIS has recently published a final rule that establishes a Transitional Worker (CW) classification for workers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The CW classification allows employers in the…

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The H1B Visa and EB-2 Green Card for Entrepreneurs and Start-up Companies On August 2, 2011, the Obama Administration and USCIS outlined a series of initiatives to continue to promote start-up enterprises and spur job creation in the U.S. Under these initiatives, which are aimed at stimulati…

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USCIS updates FAQs on Establishing the Relationship in H-1B Petitions Under the recently announced USCIS' initiatives to promote startup enterprises and spur job creation, USCIS has clarified that entrepreneurs with an ownership stake in their own companies, including sole employees, may…

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Senate Approves Strict Rules on Hiring H1-B Workers The U.S. Senate agreed on Friday to set restrictions on the hiring of H-1B workers by financial services firms that receive federal bailout funds, but it didn't bar the hiring of foreign workers as proponents had sought.

U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) had pr…

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Important Changes and Clarifications for the H1B Application Process U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued clarifying regulations
today, explaining how exactly the H-1B
application process will be handled this year. Some important changes have been
announced to th…

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USCIS Offers Helpful Hints for Filing a FY 2009 H1B Cap Case U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), anticipates that April 1, 2008
will see a repeat of the mass filings from last year. With this expectation USCIS
has published this list of measures the petitioner can take to ensure that their
petition is correctly filed.

For Fisca…

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Common H1B Errors Leading to Rejections and Denials U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a statement showing
the common errors leading to petition rejections or denials. This is a list of
the most frequently seen and easily cured mistakes.

Incorrect Fees

Frequently, petitioners miscalcu…

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USCIS to Issue Regulation on Multiple H1B Filings The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will soon issue an interim final regulation that will prohibit employers from filing more than one H-1B petition on behalf of a single foreign national. The regulation is…

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Premium Processing Service suspended for R1 applications U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has temporarily suspended Premium Processing Service for I-129 petitions seeking R-1 nonimmigrant visa classification filed with the USCIS. Premium Processing Service guarantees that within 15 calendar days of receipt of a petition, USCIS will issue …

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President signs Omnibus Appropriations Act; USCIS to implement the new law New law changes aspects of the temporary work program

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that President
Bush has signed the Omnibus Appropriations Act for FY 2005, which contains provisions
affecting the H-1B and L nonimmigrant visa catego…

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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 nonimmigran…

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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 …

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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 …

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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 S…

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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…

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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 a…

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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 Administratio…

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USCIS announces FY 2005 H1B Petition filing Status Numbers
Reflect Cases Received As Of August 18th

Washington, D.C.U.S. Citizenship and Immigration

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