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USCIS Expands Credit Card Payment Pilot Program to All Service Centers

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As part of the credit card payment pilot program, the USCIS service centers are now accepting credit card payments using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, for all forms except Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, for H-1B and H-2A petitions.

USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2022 H-1B Cap

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USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions needed to reach the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap and the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2022.

USCIS has completed sending non-selection notifications to registrants’ online accounts. The status for registrations properly submitted for the FY 2022 H-1B numerical allocations, but that were not selected, will now show:

Rajiv's Article - Is it legal for an H1B employee to be the beneficiary of multiple lottery registrations?

Published by: The Economic Times - Date: February 28, 2022

Synopsis
This question has created much confusion amongst the employers and the employees Because of a new declaration introduced by the USCIS. Every employer who signs up an H-1B employee for the lottery registration must now declare “under penalty of perjury:”

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Frequently asked questions answered in The Economic Times NRI Helpdesk by Rajiv - How long can I stay outside the US without losing my Green Card?

FAQ's answered in The Economic Times NRI Helpdesk: How long can I stay outside the US without losing my Green Card?

Published by: The Economic Times: February 27, 2022

Question: I am a US green card holder. I traveled from the US in September 2021 and am currently in India. I need to stay here longer due to personal reasons. How long can I stay outside the US without my GC being affected? Alternatively, would it suffice if I pay a week’s visit to the US before March 2022?

USCIS will no longer accept a single combined payment on certain forms filed together with an H-1B or H-1B1 petition

For all H-1B and H-1B1 petitions received on or after April 1, 2022, USCIS will no longer accept a single, combined fee payment when Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status; Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization; or Form I-824, Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition, is filed together with an H-1B or H-1B1 petition (Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker). Each of these forms received by USCIS on or after April 1 must have its own fee payment instrument or USCIS will reject the entire package.

Rajiv's Comments in the News - US to process more green cards this year under employment based categories - CNBC TV18

Published by: CNBC TV18: February 23, 2022

Quotes and Excerpts from Rajiv in the article:

“The USCIS wants to approve as many green cards as they can as there has been a huge spillover from the family quota. This has not happened in the past in such large numbers,” Economic times quoted Rajiv S Khanna, Managing Attorney of Immigration.com.

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Rajiv's Comments in the News - US to process more employment green cards this fiscal year

Published by: The Economic Times: February 21, 2022

Quotes and Excerpts from Rajiv in the article:

“This would be tremendously beneficial to people who have been waiting for many, many years. We are hoping a lot of people can get their green cards under the EB2 category if they move fast,” said Rajiv S Khanna, Managing Attorney at Immigration.com.

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USCIS Urges Eligible Applicants to Switch Employment-Based Categories

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services encourages eligible applicants to consider requesting to transfer the underlying basis of their adjustment of status application to the first (priority workers) or second (noncitizens in professions with advanced degrees or with exceptional ability) employment-based preference categories, because there is an exceptionally high number of employment-based immigrant visas available in these categories during this fiscal year (October 2021 through September 2022).