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May 20, 2014

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has approved the statutory maximum 10,000 petitions for U-1 nonimmigrant status (U visas) for fiscal year 2014. This marks the fifth straight year that USCIS has reached the statutory maximum since it began issuing U visas in 2008.

Each year, 10,000 U visas are available for victims of certain qualifying crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse and are willing to help law enforcement authorities investigate or prosecute those crimes. A U visa petition requires certification of assistance from law enforcement.

Congress created the U visa program to strengthen the law enforcement community’s ability to investigate and prosecute cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and other crimes, while also offering protection to victims. More than 89,600 victims and their family members have received U visas since the program was implemented in 2008.

April 10, 2014

USCIS Reaches FY 2015 H-1B Cap

USCIS received about 172,500 H-1B petitions during the filing period which began April 1, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. On April 10, 2014, USCIS completed a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough petitions to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption.

October 4, 2011

Poland is back in the Diversity Visa Lottery!
The DV-2013 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2013) opens at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 4, 2011, and will close at noon, EDT Saturday, November 5, 2011. Entries must be submitted electronically during this 32 calendar-day period using the electronic Diversity Visa entry form (E-DV) at during the registration period. Paper entries will not be accepted. Applicants are strongly encouraged not to wait until the last week of the registration period to enter. Heavy demand may result in website delays. No entries will be accepted after noon EST on November 5, 2011.

Diversity Immigrant Visa Program 2013 Instructions (DV-2013) are available on the Department of State’s website at (PDF – 279 kb).

July 26, 2011

Visa Lottery: Take Two – For the first time since the Visa Lottery was established over 20 years ago, the State Department, due to a computer error, voided the results of the DV-2012 Diversity Lottery in May, and issued new results in July. If you applied for the Visa Lottery between October 5 and November 2, 2010, check at to see if you were selected as a lottery winner.

H-1B Cap Update – The USCIS started accepting H-1B petitions subject to the numerical caps starting on April 1. The number of petitions submitted through July 22nd was 34,900. You can check updated numbers of H-1B petitions received by the USCIS on a weekly basis here.