H-2B petition adjudication will resume, but premium processing remains suspended until further notice. On March 5th, 2015 Department of Labor had stopped processing temporary labor certification for H2B temporary worker program under the order of a Florida federal court. H2B processing had earlier stopped because of this decision.
FEDERAL COURT STAYS PRESIDENT'S EXECUTIVE ACTION:
DACA extensions and DAPA application under the President's newly announce executive action expansion program are not being accepted at the USCIS at this time.
Indiana and 25 other coalition states have sought Texas Federal court to intervene and have obtained a temporary injunction order against implementation of the DACA extension and DAPA program.
DACA initial applications and its extension can however be filed at this time without interruption.
This is an expected event and any future action will depend upon how the case is proceeded.
H-2B CAP IS REACHED FOR THE FIRST HALF OF THE FY!
Sufficient number of H2B petition has been filed with USCIS to reach the congressionally mandated limit, or “cap” on the total number of foreign nationals who may seek a visa or otherwise obtain H-2B status for the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2015.
Final receipt date was Jan. 26, 2015 for new H-2B worker petitions with employment start date before April 1, 2015.
What this means for filing the new petitions
H-2B petitions that are exempt from the congressionally mandated cap can still be filed.
PRESIDENT's EXECUTIVE ORDER
On November 20, 2014 President Obama announced executive action which extends immigration relief to parents who entered United States without any authorization if they have U.S. citizen and permanent resident children: only if:
they register, pay taxes and do not have any criminal background.
The relief comes in the form of postponement of deportation and ability to obtain employment authorization.
This announcement is an extension of DACA but does not grant any status and still leaves out many.
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