Quick Takes on U.S. and China Visa Law News

visa-law-news-briefsUSCIS Reaches FY 2015 H-1B Cap (USCIS, Apr. 10): USCIS announced that it received approximately 172,500 H-1B petitions during the FY2015 filing period and completed the computer-generated random selection process on April 10, 2014, to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption.

White House Fact Sheet: Strengthening Entrepreneurship At Home and Abroad (White House, Apr. 7): The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will soon publish several proposed rules that will make the United States more attractive to talented foreign entrepreneurs and other high-skill immigrants who will contribute substantially to the U.S. economy, create jobs, and enhance American innovative competitiveness.  These proposed regulations include rules authorizing employment for spouses of certain high-skill workers on H-1B visas, as well as enhancing opportunities for outstanding professors and researchers. Continue reading

Snowden Incident May Sink Hong Kong Participation in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program

hong kong visa waiver snowdenA Senate bill would allow Hong Kong to be considered for the U.S. visa waiver program, facilitating entry for residents of this special administrative region of China.

But Congress may not be willing to pass the bill in light of Hong Kong’s 2013 decision to let NSA leaker Edward Snowden depart for Moscow despite a pending U.S. extradition request. Continue reading

USCIS Processing Times for Immediate Relative I-130s Improving

USCIS-processing-times-1038USCIS delays in adjudicating “stand-alone” Forms I-130, Petitions for Alien Relatives, on behalf of immediate relatives have been widely criticized. Processing times peaked at an abysmal 13+ months in October 2013. By November, USCIS promised “concerted efforts” to bring down processing times. And as of now, USCIS is reporting processing times have been brought back into control. They’re at 5 to 6+ months depending on the USCIS office. That’s approaching USCIS’ 5-month goal. Continue reading

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