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Blog Posts in February, 2022

  • USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2022 H-1B Cap

    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. They have completed sending non-selection notifications to registrants’ online accounts. The status for registrations properly submitted for the FY 2022 H-1B ...
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  • USCIS Decoupling Adjudication of EADs and Advance Paroles to Expedite EAD Issuance

    Over the last several days, we have received numerous reports from clients that they are receiving approved employment authorization documents (EADs) that do not include advance parole (AP) travel authorization, even though the applicant had requested both benefits. When an applicant requested both an EAD and advance parole, USCIS had previously been issuing “combination cards” that included both ...
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  • *****IMPORTANT NOTICE: AKULA & ASSOCIATES, PC ZOOM TELECONFERENCE HACKED****

    To Our Valued Clients: We held a Zoom teleconference today, February 11, 2022, which was compromised. We had to abruptly end the Zoom meeting due to the offensive content displayed by the hackers. We do not condone any type of hate crime. We sincerely apologize for the disruption. We will be looking into this issue and will update you with a rescheduled event. Thank you for your understanding and ...
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  • USCIS Updates Guidelines on Maximum Validity Periods for New Employment Authorization Documents for Certain Applicants

    USCIS today published an updated policy guidance that is effective immediately to change the maximum validity period that may be granted for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) issued to certain applicants, as well as to provide general guidance on adjudicating Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. USCIS will generally grant new and renewed EADs that are valid for two years ...
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  • How to Prepare for H-1B Visa Applications in 2022

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will start accepting H-1B visa applications on March 1st, 2022, for the fiscal year 2023 that begins on October 1st, 2022. Employees seeking to apply for an H-1B visa must have their sponsored employers submit an H-1B electronic registration during the registration period that is open between March 1 and March 20th, 2022. In past years, the ...
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  • E and L Derivative Spouse Admission Codes

    Customs and Border Protection Headquarters (CBP HQ) has confirmed that new E and L Class of Admission (COA) codes were implemented on January 31, 2022. Upon entry, the I-94s generated for the spouses of E and L holders will reflect these new COA. This is related to the implementation of the settlement agreement in Shergill v. Mayrokas litigation in which DHS agreed to recognize that L-2 spouses ...
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