April 2007

H1B Visa Lottery Update
In the past few days we have been getting numerous questions from clients as to what is going on with their cases filed for fiscal year (FY) 2008. The fate of the cases is starting to be determined. We are continuing to receive receipt notices for our H1B cap subject cases that were selected in the lottery.
USCIS Clarifies Status of Receipt Notices Dated Before April 12, 2007
Many of our clients received receipt notices from USCIS prior to April 12, 2007 and celebrated too early. Here is what actually happened. USCIS did not issue receipt notices for all 123,480 petitions received on April 2 and 3. However, it did conduct data-entry and generate (and in some cases actually issue) receipt notices for a portion of cap-subject petitions prior to conducting the computer-generated random selection process.
SKIL Act and H-1B Visa Bill Introduced in the Senate
In addition to the SKIL Act, Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) introduced a bill to temporarily increase the number of visas issued to highly skilled workers (H1B).
H-1B Master's Cap Cases Still Available!
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“CIS”) announced an updated number of filings as the counting of H-1B petitions received on April 2nd and April 3rd continues.
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