2005 H1B Cap Is Reached
The USCIS announced this past Friday evening that no more fiscal year 2005 H-1B petitions will be accepted. All H-1B 2005 cap petitions received after close of business on October 1st will be returned with the filing fee. The earliest date a petitioner may file a petition requesting FY 2006 H-1B employment with an employment start date of October 1, 2005, would be April 1, 2005. For more information, see the USCIS press release below.
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H-1B Cap 2005 Reached
The USCIS announced that it has received enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated cap for fiscal year 2005. USCIS has factored into its count of petitions subject to the FY2005 cap the number of Chile/Singapore set-asides that were unused in FY2004 and any other cases that can be counted against the FY2004's H-1B cap rather than the FY2005 cap.
CRS Report On Immigration-Related Detention
The Congressional Research Service issued a report on current legislative issues in immigration-related detention.
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From its introduction, the DV Program is believed to have been misused. It is said that in the beginning about 33,000/50,000 available permanent resident visas (PR) were used by only two countries - Ireland and Poland. As a result, the US had to declare that no country may receive more than 7% of 50,000 PR visas. Likewise, when the photograph was not required to be submitted with the application, many used the other person's application, who was actual the winner of the DV Program. Later, the affixation of the photograph on the application was made mandatory. Some winners of this Program are said to have been successful in submitting fake educational certificates, and in being issued immigrant visas. It has been now 15 years that the US has been conducting DV Lottery Program, and under this program more than 7,500,000 people from different countries already entered the US as LPRs. These DV winner people are really lucky without having to wait for the availability of an immigrant visa number, whereas the family-based visa applicants have been waiting overseas for many years for visa numbers to come. The DV program has angered and distressed family-based visa applicants the most. Furthermore, the US Consulate also has been giving top priority to the DV winners when fixing the interview appointment by replying to the family-based visa applicants that there is a time limit for the DV winners whereas the family-based visa applicants do not have a time limit. Consulates know that the family-based applicants have been waiting many years for an immigrant visa. This is unfair and unjust to family-based immigrant visa applicants. The DV Program should be abolished immediately.
Now that we have arrived into the new fiscal year and the H-1B cap of 65,000 visas has not been raised by Congress it appears that there will be more jobs available to Americans.
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