• H-1B Visa Numbers. As of Sept. 3, 2010 count issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), approximately 36,600 petitions for professional workers have been filed towards the 65,000 annual cap, and an additional 13,400 H-1B petitions reserved for foreign nationals with advanced degrees from U.S. colleges, have been accepted for processing. H-1B employment for individuals whose visas are approved under the cap would start on or after Oct. 1, 2010. It is not too late to file H-1B petitions for your foreign workers, but, in view of the fact that last year's H-1B allocation was exhausted in December, time may be running short.
  • USCIS continued to make changes to filing locations for a number of immigration benefits. Importantly, filing instructions for Form I-140 Immigrant Petitions, Employment Authorization and Travel documents have recently changed. Before filing, be sure to review the latest filing guidance published by the USCIS on their website at www.uscis.gov When in doubt, consult your immigration legal counsel.