April 14, 2015
On April 13, USCIS reported that it received nearly 233,000 H-1B petitions during the April 1-7 filing period, a possible record number of filings. USCIS also stated that it conducted the "lottery" required by the regulations to select enough petitions to meet the annual 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will reject and return unselected petitions with their filing fees. Institutions of higher education continue to be exempt from the cap.
February 24, 2015
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status.
For more information on the H-4 nonimmigrant seeking employment news release, please visit: http://www.uscis.gov/news/dhs-extends-eligibility-employment-authorization-certain-h-4-dependent-spouses-h-1b-nonimmigrants-seeking-employment-based-lawful-permanent-residence