USCIS announced (by news alert) on Friday, May 17, 2019 that they have completed the data entry of all Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap – subjected petitions that have been selected randomly through a computer generated process. USCIS will begin returning all H-1B petitions that were not selected but because of the large amount received; the return time frame is unknown. They also ask that petitioners not contact them until they have received a receipt notice or had their unselected petition returned.

For more detailed information about this subject please review the USCIS News Alert, “USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions“.

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) has provided FY2019 statistics (Second Quarter) in the form of program factsheets for each of the major immigration programs. These updated FY2019 statistics (Second Quarter) covers January 2019 through March 2019.

The link to each FY2019 (Second Quarter) program factsheets is listed below:

Permanent Labor Certification Program – Select Statistics

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Question #1 – Employment Based Immigration

Can I change my I-140 from one category to the other without being penalized? I am on EB-3 but want to change to E-B2.

The American Immigration Council (AIC) has released all fifty states and the District of Columbia, for a total of fifty-one updated state-by-state fact sheets highlighting immigration data and facts. These fact sheets highlight the demographic and economic impact of Immigrants in each state.

With national immigration policy being discussed, we thought that it would be a good time to provide some statistics on the Immigrant population in the United States as provided by this AIC research. Once a week we will be posting a blog with information on three states at a time. This week we will highlight; Iowa, Kansas and Kentucky!

The AIC has compiled research which shows that Immigrants are an essential part of each of these states’ economy, labor force and tax base. As our economy continues to grow, Immigrants and their children are a growing economic and political force as consumers, taxpayers and entrepreneurs. As United States economic continues to grow, immigrants and their children will continue to play a key role in shaping the economic and political future of each of these states.

The Department of State has released its latest Visa Bulletin.

Click the link to view the June 2019 Visa Bulletin

The monthly Visa Bulletin has changed. The bulletin now summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during the reported month for: “Application Final Action Dates” (consistent with prior Visa Bulletins) and “Dates for Filing Applications,” indicating when immigrant visa applicants should be notified to assemble and submit required documentation to the National Visa Center using Consular Processing (outside of the US) or file on their own with USCIS Form I-485 (within the US).

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that Mark Koumans will be the next Deputy Director of USCIS, as of Monday, May 13, 2019. He will replace Acting Deputy Director Tracy Renaud who has been in that position since March 2018. Deputy Director Koumans is described as a career federal employee and that he has held a number of executive positions within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and many other positions within the federal government over the last 29 years.

Please review USCIS News Release, “USCIS Names New Deputy Director” for more details.

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We wanted to find a new way to engage our reader base. Every other Friday, we will post the ten (10) best/most frequently asked questions received during the week from our h1bvisalawyerblog, Facebook, and Twitter readers. We will answer those questions and provide the Q&A on our H-1B Visa Lawyer Blog.

If you have a burning question, are seeking assistance with a difficult immigration related case, wish to discuss your views on Comprehensive Immigration Reform, DREAMers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, priority dates, the monthly visa bulletin, adjustment applications, etc., please contact us by submitting your question/comment/viewpoint in our comment box provided on our H-1B Visa Lawyer Blog.

Our next “Q & A Forum” will take place this Friday, May 17, 2019. Act now and submit your questions!

You can now check USCIS processing times online at the USCIS web site. All you need to enter is your form number, and the office processing your case. USCIS has made processing times easier to understand and provide a more realistic date range.


Check Case Processing Times


The processing time range is how long it is taking for USCIS to process your type of case from the date they received it. USCIS processes cases in the order they receive them, and they normally update this information monthly. The estimated time range displayed is based on data captured over the last two months.