Similar to last year, the filing season for standard H-1B cap numbers is expected to end shortly after it begins on April 1, when U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin to accept petitions for H-1B employment in Fiscal Year (FY) 2009. Though the pool of H-1B numbers for holders of U.S. advanced degrees could be available beyond April 1, these numbers are also likely to be used up very quickly. Because of the short time frame, employers should plan ahead and gather all necessary case documents so that H-1B petitions can be filed timely and correctly on April 1.
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin to accept advance filings of H-1B cases for employment in Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 on April 2, 2007, the first business day of the filing season.  It is expected that FY 2008 H-1B numbers will be very rapidly used – perhaps within the opening week of the filing period.  Given these expectations, employers should begin planning as soon as possible to ensure that new H-1B employees will be able to begin work during the forthcoming fiscal year.  Employers should also prepare for possible processing changes as USCIS begins to plan for the anticipated surge of April 2 filings.

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USCIS ANNOUNCES CHANGE IN PHOTO STANDARD TO TAKE EFFECT

Washington, DC – In accordance with language specified in the Border Security Act of 2003, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  announced a change in the photo requirements for all applicants from a three-quarter face position to a standard, full frontal face position to take effect August 2, 2004.

USCIS will accept both three-quarter and full color frontal photographs until September 1, 2004 after which only full frontal color will be accepted.

The application process of customers who have already submitted materials that include color photos with the three-quarter standard will not be affected by this change.

To all international students & scholars—

Please take note of this new Department of State Visa Policy regarding visa applicants with a history of drunk driving hits….
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DOS Visa Policy Telegram to Consular Posts on Processing Visa Applicants with Drunk Driving Hits

Cite as “AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 07071670 ”
http://travel.state.gov/visa/laws/telegrams/telegrams_3267.html

SUBJECT: GUIDANCE ON PROCESSING VISA APPLICANTS WITH DRUNK DRIVING HITS

1. Summary: This cable clarifies how consular officers should handle cases where an applicants’ criminal record shows an arrest or conviction for drunk driving or other alcohol related offence.