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USCIS Urges Eligible Individuals to Consider Applying for Adjustment of Status in the EB-2 Category Based on the April Visa Bulletin Date for Filing for India

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In the recently published April Visa Bulletin, the Department of State advanced the Date for Filing (also known as the application date) applications for an immigrant visa or adjustment of status in the employment-based, second preference (EB-2) category for India from Sept. 1, 2013, to Sept. 1, 2014.

Visa Bulletin For April 2022

This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during April for: “Final Action Dates” and “Dates for Filing Applications,” indicating when immigrant visa applicants should be notified to assemble and submit required documentation to the National Visa Center.

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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

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?