Bill to Give Green Card Status to Military Families

June 3rd, 2011

US Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has introduced the Military Families Act, a welcome piece of legislation that would grant legal permanent residency to immediate family members of active military service members. Under the Act, US DHS could adjust the status to legal permanent residency of a spouse, child, son or daughter (unmarried child over 18) of an Armed Forces member who is serving or who has actively served honorably in active-duty in the military, air or naval US forces, or the immediate relative of an Armed Forces member who died as a result of an injury or disease incurred in the military after September 11, 2001.

USCIS Updates FY 2012 H-1B Cap as of May 26, 2011

June 3rd, 2011

As of May 26, 2011, USCIS has received approximately 13,100 H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2012 bachelor’s degree cap, of which there are 65,000 visas each fiscal year. Also, USCIS has received 9,000 H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2012 US master’s degree cap, of which there are 20,000 visas each fiscal year. If the master’s cap is reached, USCIS has stated that any petitions filed on behalf of aliens with an advanced US degree will be counted toward the general 65,000 H-1B cap. These numbers are still moving very slowly and it appears that the cap may not be reached until the end of this year or even later, since the numbers moved by only 1,000 for the bachelor’s cap in one week. Once these numbers are exhausted, then new petitions subject to the cap can be filed as early as April 1, 2012, requesting a start date of October 1, 2012.