U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced this morning
that it has reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 visa
H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018. USCIS also received a
sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S.
advanced degree exemption, also known as the Master’s
USCIS will now run two lotteries to choose the FY 2018 cases
that will be processed to completion. The first lottery will
select enough cases to meet the advanced degree cap exemption of
20,000. The second lottery will select enough filings to fill the
standard quota of 65,000 and will draw from all remaining cases,
including those not selected in the advanced degree lottery.
After USCIS concludes the lottery process, it will issue Receipt
Notices to employers whose cases have been selected for
processing. However, on April 3, 2017, USCIS suspended premium
processing for up to six months for all H-1B petitions, including
cap-exempt petitions. Employers should be prepared to wait
several weeks to learn whether their petitions were selected in the
FY 2018 lottery and several more months to receive final
petition approval or requests for evidence.
Cases not selected in the lottery will be returned to
petitioning employers along with their filing fees.
Petitions filed on behalf of current H-1B workers who have been
counted previously against the cap and who still retain their
cap number will not be counted toward the congressionally
mandated FY 2018 H-1B cap. USCIS will continue to accept and
process petitions filed to:
Extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in
the United States;
Change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers;
Allow current H-1B workers to change employers; and
Allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in a second
For employers whose H-1B petitions are ultimately not
chosen in the FY 2018 H-1B lottery, Lewis Brisbois can assist
employers in identifying available alternatives to the
H-1B visa for employing foreign nationals.
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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
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.
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.
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.
Quebec immigration authorities have announced they will begin accepting new applications under its highly successful Quebec Immigrant Investor Program for a limited period beginning May 29, 2017 and ending February 23, 2018.
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