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March 2023
Immigration News Briefs

Pilot program for visa renewal in U.S.

Bloomberg News reported on February 9, 2023, that the U.S. State Department will launch a pilot program later this year offering visa renewal options in the U.S. for H-1B specialty occupation workers and other temporary visa holders who are currently required to travel abroad.

Reestablishing the practice of stateside visa renewals, which were discontinued in 2004, will save those applicants from having to leave the country, and will reduce the workload of consular offices abroad, Julie Stufft, deputy assistant secretary for visa services in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, told Bloomberg Law in an interview. The stateside renewal option will be available to H and L visa holders and could eventually be expanded, Stufft said.

A stateside renewal process would be immensely beneficial for beneficiaries impacted by numerous consular closures and months-long wait times for visa interviews.

FY 2024 H-1B cap initial registration opens

USCIS announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year 2024 H-1B cap will open at noon Eastern on March 1 and run through noon Eastern on March 17. During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to complete and submit their registrations using its online H-1B registration system. USCIS will assign a confirmation number to each registration submitted for the FY 2024 H-1B cap. Prospective H-1B cap-subject petitioners or their representatives are required to use a myUSCIS online account to register each beneficiary electronically for the selection process and pay the associated $10 H1B registration fee for each registration submitted on behalf of each beneficiary.

Prospective petitioners submitting their own registrations (U.S. employers and U.S. agents, collectively known as “registrants”) will use a “registrant” account. Registrants will be able to create new accounts beginning at noon Eastern on Feb. 21. Representatives may add clients to their accounts at any time, but both representatives and registrants must wait until March 1 to enter beneficiary information and submit the registration with the $10 fee. Prospective petitioners or their representatives will be able to submit registrations for multiple beneficiaries in a single online session. Through the account, they will be able to prepare, edit, and store drafts of registrations prior to final payment and submission of each registration.

If enough registrations are received by March 17, USCIS will randomly select registrations and send selection notifications via users’ myUSCIS online accounts. USCIS intends to notify account holders by March 31. An H-1B cap-subject petition, including a petition for a beneficiary who is eligible for the advanced degree exemption, may only be filed by a petitioner whose registration for the beneficiary named in the H-1B petition was selected in the H-1B registration process.

Extending validity of permanent resident cards

USCIS is extending the validity of Permanent Resident Cards for petitioners who properly file form I-751 or I-829 for 48 months beyond the card’s expiration date. This change started on January 11, 2023, for Form I-829 and will start on January 25, 2023, for Form I-751. USCIS has updated the language on Form I-751 and Form I-829 receipt notices to extend the validity of a Green Card for 48 months for individuals with a newly filed Form I-751 or Form I-829.

 

APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR ​ ​MARCH 2023

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

01Dec14

01Dec14

2A

Current

​Current

2B

22Sep15

22Sep15

3rd

​​22​Nov08

​​22​Nov08

4th

​15Sep05

​22Mar0​7

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

 01F​eb22

Current

2nd

 08Oct11

0​1N​ov​22

3rd

​​​​ ​15Jun1​2

Current

Other

 15Jun1​2

0​1Jun20

4th

 01M​ar21

01F​eb22

5th

 01J​un18

Current1B

 

 

DATES FOR FILING VISA APPLICATIONS - ​​​MARCH 2023

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

​08Aug16

08Aug16

2A

Current

Current

2B

​​01​Jan17

​​01​Jan17

3rd

​​08N​ov09

​​08N​ov09

4th

22F​eb06

15D​ec07

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

01Jun22

Current

2nd

01M​ay12 

01D​ec22

3rd

01Aug12 

Current

Other

01​Aug12 

01F​eb20

4th

01A​pr21

01M​ar22

5th

08D​ec19

Current1B


Visa Bulletin for ​​​​March 2023 is available on our website. Please go to http://www.khabar.com/magazine/ immigration/
 

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