Immigration updates from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
USCIS offers employment-based processing service requests and guarantees a premium service and processes it within 15-calendar-days. Here are the latest US immigration updates.
FY-2017 Processing to Begin May 12 for H-1B Cap
Foreign workers in U.S. businesses are employed using the H-1B visa program in some special occupations that require specialization. USCIS will begin processing the H-1B petitions, including some petitions from individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher, on May 12, 2016, as per immigration updates.
There are some petitions that are not capped and may fall under another visa classification; they will be processed in 15 days beginning on the date that USCIS receives the request. The H-1B cap-subjected petitions, as well as those with advanced degrees exempted, will be processed in the 15-day processing period beginning May 12th, 2016. This is regardless of the date processing fee is received on the Form I-797.
A New Web Page to show the Workload Transfer
According to the US, immigration updates received visa applicants and customers can now keep track of the workload transfer between the five service centers, on the newly created Workload Transfer Updates page on the USCIS website. The cases will be transferred from one service center to another to ensure the applications are processed timely as well as balance the workload. A Web alert will indicate each transfer, including any other information that customers must be aware of related to the transfer.
Other immigration updates include the fact that Customers must subscribe to the Alerts GovDelivery distribution list to receive updates about the transfers. Emails and Social media posts will also be announcing the workload transfer.
The use of Pre-Paid Mailers suspended by USCIS temporarily for certain H-1B
According to the US immigration updates, USCIS has suspended the use of pre-paid mailers for the two-week duration, after the premium processing will resume, for H-1B cap-subject petitions on May 12, 2016. The pre-paid mailers will not be used to send a final notice instead regular mail will be sent for premium processing H-1B cap-subject petitions.
The USCIS has suspended the pre-paid mailers due to limitations on current resources and will ensure that all processing is completed in a timely manner. However, after a period of two weeks, USCIS will resume using various pre-paid services to send out final notices provided by the petitioners, according to the immigration updates.
The application for FY 2016 USCIS’ Citizenship and Integration Grant Program is due on April 22, 2016, by 11:59 p.m. ET
USCIS began accepting the application for Citizenship and Integration Grant program that promote the preparation of permanent residents for naturalization as well as endorse the civic integration on March2, with increased knowledge of U.S. history, English, and civics.