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Seyfarth Synopsis: USCIS announced
today that it has reached the FY 2018 H-1B Cap.
On April 7, 2017, United States Citizenship & Immigration
Services (USCIS) announced that it received sufficient H-1B
petitions to meet both the Master's and regular H-1B quotas (or
"caps") for Fiscal Year 2018, which begins on October 1,
2017. This means that USCIS received more than 85,000 H-1B
petitions in the first week of filing, and that more than 20,000 of
these petitions were filed under the Master's H-1B cap. USCIS
will use a computer-generated random selection process for all
cap-subject filings received from Monday, April 3 through Friday,
April 7, 2017 to determine which filings will be adjudicated.
USCIS will apply the lottery process first to cases subject to
the H-1B Master's cap, which sets aside 20,000 H-1B visas for
holders of U.S. Master's degrees or higher degrees. Any
Master's cap petitions not selected in the Master's lottery
will be eligible for selection in the regular H-1B lottery,
effectively providing two opportunities for an H-1B visa. It is
anticipated that USCIS will begin to issue receipt notices in
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
announced today that the annual H-1B quota for both the regular
65,000 visa petition bachelor's degree cap and the 20,000 visa
petition U.S. master's degree cap has been met for Fiscal Year
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 17, 2017, that it had completed its annual H-1B lottery and had selected a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 65,000 petition bachelor's degree cap and the 20,000 petition U.S. master's degree cap.
April 5, 2017 - Canadian Immigration authorities conducted the 8th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2017 and 58th overall, featuring a record lowest score of 431 and inviting 3753 applicants for permanent residence, under all programs.
In connection with the Trump Administration's desire to crack-down on its perceived misuse of the H-1B visa category, various U.S. government agencies have announced a coordinated effort in re-interpreting regulations as well as newly focused enforcement initiatives.
Beginning June 6, 2017, the Canada immigration department will award points under the comprehensive ranking system in two new areas including strong French language ability, and having a sibling in Canada.
The Quebec Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness (MIDI) announced a maximum number of 5000 Skilled Worker Program applications submitted on line ("Mon projet Quebec"), will be accepted for its intake period in 2017. The period of reception will be revealed at a later date.
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