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By Humera Subhani Email By Humera Subhani
June 2016
Immigration News Briefs

USCIS completes H1B lottery selection
USCIS announced on May 2, 2016, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in its computer-generated random process. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. Due to the high volume of filings, USCIS is unable to provide a definite time frame for returning these petitions. USCIS asks petitioners not to inquire about the status of submitted cap-subject petitions until they receive a receipt notice or an unselected petition is returned. USCIS will issue an announcement once all the unselected petitions have been returned.

Filing fee changes may come soon
On May 4, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) published a notice in the Federal Register for comment in connection with a proposed increase in fees for certain immigration and naturalization benefits. After the required 60 day comment period, USCIS will publish a final rule in the Federal Register with what the actual filing fees will be. Some of the fee increases are as follows:
N-400 (Naturalization/Citizenship) from $595 to $640, ($725 including Biometrics)
I-485 (Permanent Residence/Green Card) from $985 to $1140 ($1225 including Biometrics)
I-130 (Relative Petition) from $420 to $535
I-129 (Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker) from $325 to $460
I-140 (Petition for Immigrant Worker) from $580 to $700
I-765 (Employment Authorization) from $380 to $410
I-131 (Advance Parole/Travel) from $360 to $575

Scam letters sent to L-1A executives
Members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) have reported that suspicious letters are being sent to L-1A executives. The scam letters claim to be from USCIS and signed by Lori Scialabba, Deputy Director of USCIS. The letters use incorrect grammar and make reference to the receiver’s recently approved I-129 Petition for nonimmigrant worker being under investigation. USCIS has confirmed that they did not send the letters. To report a scam letter, please send a copy of the letter to Public.Engagement@uscis.dhs.gov with the subject line “L-1A Executive Letter Scam.”

New workload transfer web page
USCIS has created a new Workload Transfer Updates page on their website where customers can keep track of workload transfers between the five service centers. Quite frequently, USCIS will transfer cases from one service center to another in order to balance workloads and ensure timely processing. Go to https://www.uscis.gov/workload-transfers

APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR June 2016

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

15Jan09

15Jan09

2A

08Nov14

08Nov14

2B

22Oct09

22Oct09

3rd

01Dec04

01Dec04

4th

01Jan01

08Aug03

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

Current

Current

2nd

01Oct04

Current

3rd

22Sep04

15Feb16

Other

22Sep04

15Feb16

4th

Current

Current

5th

Current

Current1B

 


DATES FOR FILING VISA APPLICATIONS - June 2016

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

01Oct09

01Oct09

2A

15Oct15

15Oct15

2B

15Dec10

15Dec10

3rd

01Aug05

01Aug05

4th

01May04

01May04

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

Current

Current

2nd

01Jul09

Current

3rd

01Jul05

Current

Other

01Jul05

Current

4th

Current

Current

5th

Current

Current1B

NOTE: These tables are correct per https://www.uscis.gov/visabulletin-jun-16#New%20Visa%20Bulletin.

We apologize for the incorrect entries in the print issue.


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