News Archive - 2
April 26, 2012 – ICE Offers To Stop About 16,500 Deportation Cases, After Review of the Backlogged System
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has offered to temporarily suspend about 7.5% of deportation cases after reviewing more than 70 percent of the immigration cases pending as of mid-April. ICE officials said 2,700 have already been stopped. The Obama administration announced in August that roughly 300,000 deportation cases would be reviewed and non-criminals and those illegal immigrants who posed no public safety or national security threat would likely have their cases put on hold indefinitely. Read the full story here...
April 25, 2012 – Proposal to Require Restaurants to Disclose Immigration Checks, Voted Down
One San Bernardino County supervisor's plan to require restaurants to inform customers whether the establishment does immigration background checks on its employees was overwhelmingly rebuffed Tuesday by fellow supervisors. Supervisor Neil Derry, the measure's sponsor, was the only one to vote for the plan, which would have color-coded the A, B and C grade cards that restaurants receive during annual health inspections. Restaurants are required to display the cards. Read the full story here...
April 24, 2012 – Attorneys Allege Ice Makes Little Distinction Between Deporting High And Low-Risk Immigrants
Despite new guidelines, attorneys say that immigrants who are a low priority in the system are still getting deported. Attorneys say recent ICE guidelines, known as prosecutorial discretion, are supposed to make it easier for undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. who are a low priority. But those with a clean record and U.S.-born children are still being deported. According to recently-released federal data, only one percent of all Los Angeles deportation cases are facing administrative closure. Read the full story here...
April 23, 2012 – U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Immigration Case to Determine Whether States Can Enforce Immigration Laws
The Obama administration has challenged an Arizona law that requires police to check the immigration status of anyone detained and suspected of being in the country without legal status, requires immigrants to carry documents at all times, bans undocumented immigrants from soliciting for work in public places, and allows police to arrest immigrants without a warrant if an officer believes they have committed a crime that would make them deportable. A federal judge and a U.S. appeals court earlier ruled for the Obama administration and blocked all four parts of the Arizona law from taking effect. Read the full story here...
April 20, 2012 – Restored Ellis Island Building Now A Museum of Immigration
The first part of the National Museum of Immigration project opened quietly last fall. There are video screens and audio recordings to show how and why new Americans arrived before Ellis Island became an immigration center. It includes the stories of those who arrived in bondage on slave trading ships. A second exhibit, slated to open next year, will focus on newcomers and the restrictions that barred or regulated them after Ellis closed in the 1950s. Before its restoration began a few decades ago, Ellis’ main building had crumbled to such a degree that visitors had to wear a hard hat to go inside. Read the full story here...
April 19, 2012 – Florida Supreme Court to Decide If Undocumented Immigrants May Practice Law
Jose Godinez-Samperio, 25, was born in Mexico and came to the United States at age 9, then overstayed his tourist visa and lost his legal status. After graduating from the Florida State University College of Law, the Florida Bar of Examiners barred him from receiving a law license. He seeks to have this decision overturned. Read the full story here...
April 18, 2012 – Russian Engineers Working For Boeing Under "B-1 in Lieu Of H-1B" Policy
Boeing became part of a controversy by using B-1 visas to bring in foreign workers for months-long visits when 18 Russian engineers headed for Boeing were denied entry at Sea-Tac Airport last fall. The engineers are now pouring back in. Read the full story here...
April 12, 2012 – Demand for H-1B Visas Up Sharply- 25,600 Petitions Since April 2
The USCIS received 25,600 petitions for H-1B visas since April 2, nearly twice as many as it received for the entire first month of last year's application season. The agency began accepting H-1B petitions last week for jobs with a start date of Oct. 1 or later, typically in computer programming, engineering and other high-tech fields. Read the full story here...
April 11, 2012 – India Makes Complaint at WTO Challenging U.S. Immigration Rules
India complained to the World Trade Organization over the cost of U.S. work visas, which it says are too high and discriminate against a group of Indian IT firms. An unnamed Indian official did not say when the complaint was taken to the WTO, but said Trade Minister Anand Sharma raised the visa issue with U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson on a visit to India on March 26. India's complaint is about a U.S. law from 2010 that almost doubled visa fees for skilled workers to $4,500 per applicant. Read the full story here...
March 6, 2012 – ACLU to Ask U.S. Appellate Court To Strike Down Nebraska Town's Immigration Law
In a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp eliminated from the ordinance the article that would have permitted municipal officials to revoke renter's licenses obtained by undocumented immigrants. But the judge left intact the article that requires potential renters to provide proof of U.S. citizenship or their legal immigration situation. "We were gratified by the judge's decision that key portions of the ordinance violated federal law and the Constitution," Jennifer Chang Newell, a staff attorney at the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, said Tuesday. "We are appealing the decision only because we believe the remainder of the ordinance still imposes an illegal and unfair burden on our clients," she said. Read the full story here...
March 5, 2012 – US Senator Demands Federal Immigration Officials Explain Deportation of High School Senior-Class Valedictorian
US Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) demanded federal immigration officials explain government efforts to deport North Miami High School senior-class valedictorian Daniela Pelaez, whose parents brought her to America when she was four years old. Government and immigration officials are allowed to use broad discretion in cases, like Daniela’s, under a policy Nelson helped enact last year. Read the full story here...
March 2, 2012 – Mayor Prohibits City Police From Enforcing Federal Immigration Law
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is ordering the city police and other agencies to prohibit any inquiry about citizenship status "to protect new Americans from discrimination." The Mayor is signing an executive order that effectively stops any local enforcement of federal immigration laws. Read the full story here...
March 1, 2012 – US Selects Chicago Site For New Immigration Detention Facility To Be Managed By Private Company
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement selected Crete, a south Chicago suburb, as the potential site for an immigration detention center. Crete would hire a private company to build and manage the facility of 500 to 700 beds if the plans evolve into a federal contract with the village. ICE officials say the Crete location is part of an overhaul of its detention system taken on after cases of abuse surfaced from inside some local jails that contracted with ICE. The change was also spurred by complaints from relatives of ICE detainees of repeated transfers from jail to jail that made it difficult for them know where their loved-ones were being held. Read the full story here...
February 29, 2012 – US to Deport Mexican Immigrants to Home States Instead of Border
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told reporters in Mexico City the US will begin flying detained Mexican migrants directly to their home states instead of dropping them off at the border, where many have been victimized by drug traffickers. The US will pay to deport migrants by plane to airports in Mexico and the Mexican government will arrange the last leg of the journey home. The program is to start in April. Read the full story here...
February 28, 2012 – Hyundai Sends Letter to US Dealerships Warning of Possible Immigration Protests
Hyundai, one of Alabama's largest foreign-owned manufacturing companies, sent a letter to all of its vehicle dealerships in the United States warning them there might be protests at dealerships concerning Alabama's new immigration law. Read the full story here...
February 27, 2012 – Obama’s New Immigration Policy Gets Mixed Results on Both Practical and Political Fronts
The number of new deportations has dropped significantly since the White House announced its new immigration policy change last August to curtail deportations of undocumented immigrants without criminal records and review all existing cases. However, researchers found little evidence that immigrants with criminal records are making up a higher overall proportion of those deported. Read the full story here...
February 24, 2012 – US Supreme Court Ruling Now Means Immigrants Can Be Deported For Filing False Tax Returns
The Supreme Court held this week, in the Kawashima v. Holder case, that a foreign national residing in the United States with permanent resident status (or “green card”) who files a false tax return can now be deported from the US. The Court held that it is a crime involving “fraud or deceit” because even though neither fraud nor deceit is an express element of the tax offense, to prove the tax offense the government must show that the defendant made a materially false statement on his return, knew that the statement was false, and had a specific intent to violate the law. Those elements, the Court held, add up to deceitful conduct within the meaning of the deportation provision. Read the full story here... Also read the Court’s Opinion here...
February 23, 2012 – USCIS Director Introduces New Immigration Program to Keep Foreign Entrepreneurs in US
USCIS Director Mayorkas said yesterday he wants to keep more foreign-born high-tech entrepreneurs in the US, but to make that happen, he needs those entrepreneurs to turn their creativity to immigration itself. Mayorkas met with Members of Silicon Valley’s startup community for what the agency billed as a summit to officially launch its unusual “Entrepreneurs in Residence” program. Read the full story here...
February 22, 2012 – U.S. Officials to Check Immigration Status of People Arrested in City
A controversial program that lets U.S. immigration officials check the citizenship status of people who have been arrested is being expanded to include Baltimore despite objections from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and immigrant advocates. Read the full story here...
February 21, 2012 – Business Owners Complain ICE Audits Are Just an Excuse to Get Money From Fines Linked to Paperwork Errors
Some small business owners are complaining that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement audits touted as deterrents to hiring illegal immigrants are instead becoming a "money grab" with fines for paperwork errors. An analysis of nearly 800 audits ICE completed since October 2010 shows roughly half of the 117 companies fined were penalized not for hiring illegal immigrants, but for problems with employment verification paperwork. Read the full store here...
February 17, 2012 – Officials at Congressional Hearing Questioned Obama Administration Over H-1B and L-1 Visa Denials
Voicing concern over the increasing denial rates of H-1B and L-1 work visas, which are popular among Indian professionals, top US lawmakers and corporate leaders have questioned the Obama administration over the issue, warning this would hurt American business interests. Officials at a Congressional hearing cited last year's figure of 26 percent denial of H-1B visa applicants, which was the highest in recent years, and also pointed out instances where the visas were denied for unjustified and flimsy reasons. Read the full story here...
February 16, 2012 – Bill That Would Require Police to Run Immigration Checks Voted Down in New Hampshire House
A bill that would mandate running an immigration status
October 24, 2011 – USCIS Publishes Questions and Answers During AILA Liaison Meeting Held October 7, 2011
The US Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) published a document containing answers to questions posed to it by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) during a liaison meeting held on October 7, 2011. Most notably the questions posed included whether the USCIS will be utelizing correct standard of proof that it must apply when adjudicating petitions filed before it including non immigrant and immigrant visa petitions alike. The immigration community had bitterly complained that the USCIS applies an evidentiary burden of proof that is much higher than the “preponderance of the evidence” (which translates to more likely than not – 51% evidence proving a point) standard provided by law. The USCIS responded that it is currently revisiting its training procedures to make certain that adjudicating officers are aware of the correct standard of proof. The Q&As also included an extremely relevant discussion regarding whether a change in an H-1B visa beneficiary’s location of employment triggers the filing of an amended H-1B visa petition. Interestingly, USCIS did not have an answer to that. The Q&As also have a pointed question regarding the problems in adjudicating L-1B visa petitions. The document is worth reading as it touches on many other areas including K fiancé visa dependents and many more. Read the Q&A document here..
October 21, 2011 – The Administrative Appeals Office Reverses USCIS Decision on I-601 Waiver Application finding Extreme Hardship
It is extremely difficult if almost impossible to obtain approval for an I-601 waiver of inadmissibility before the USCIS. In this case, the foreign national initially entered the US using a forged passport. Upon marrying a US Citizen, her lawyer filed a petition with the USCIS and an I-601 waiver of the inadmissibility since he used the forged passport to enter the US arguing extreme hardship. The AAO stated that the foreign national did in fact show hardship and that the financial, medical, psychological considerations demonstrated extreme hardship to the US Citizen spouse thereby warranting favorable adjudication of the I-601 waiver. This is certainly a great success as the unpublished decision includes a lot of good legal arguments to use in like cases. In addition, the decision provides a road map for documenting similar cases.
October 20, 2011 – USCIS Restores Prior Procedure to Mail Approval Notices to Attorneys instead to Employers
Earlier in October, USCIS announced that it is reversing its procedure established now for several decades to mail I-129 approval notices to the employers directly. Immigration lawyers vehemently objected to this rule as it is likely to cause a lot of problems for attorneys and their clients. Today, USICS announced that it is restoring the prior rule. Read USCIS Press Release here..
June 2, 2011 – Governor Cuomo of New York Suspends the Controversial Secure Communities Program
Secure Communities Program is an ill fated invention by the federal government which is designed to create cooperation between State and Local law enforcement agencies and the Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) for the apprehension of criminal aliens. Unfortunately, this program has been a complete failure as it resulted in a chilling effect among many immigrant communities from cooperating with the government. Governor Cuomo has decided to suspend this controversial program. Gus Shihab, former Chair of the Ohio Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association has recently written a letter to the Governor of the State of Ohio in which he urged Governor Kasich to also suspend this program. Read the news article on Governor Cuomo’s suspension of Secure Communities Program in New York here..
March 16, 2011 – USCIS Announces Interim Procedure for H-1B Cap exemption Based on Relation of Affiliation with Institutions of Higher Learning
Non-profit organizations that are related to or affiliated with institutions of higher learning are exempt from the H-1B visa cap. Today, the USCIS stated that any such non-profit organizations which received a determination since June 6, 2006 that it is related to or affiliated to an institution of higher learning will continue to receive such determination for an interim period. For more information contact our law firm.
March 15, 2011 – USCIS Published Settlement Agreement for Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) classification Pursuant to Perez-Olano et. Al v. Holder
The USCIS announced that it reached a settlement agreement for a certain class of Juveniles to apply for immigration status based on having been abused, abandoned, or neglected. The affected class of Juveniles applied on or after May 13, 2005 had their immigrant visa petitions denied previously. To benefit from the settlement, affected juveniles must file a Motion to Reopen (with a fee waiver) of their denied I-360 and/or I-485 applications to Adjust Status. The settlement agreement aging out juveniles. For more information contact our law firm. NOTICE FOR SPECIAL IMMIGRANT JUVENILES
February 14, 2011 – US Department of State Releases April 2011 Visa Bulletin
Today the US Department of State the April Visa Bulletin in which the employment second and third preference categories showed slight improvements. However, the family based first preference showed significant retrogression. The most significant improvement in the employment based preference immigrant visa priority dates was the elimination of the Dominican Republic in April which suggests that all priority dates are now current. You can view the April Visa Bulletin here…..
December 6, 2010 – USCIS Publishes Notes From Employment Verification Stakeholder’s Meeting
Today the USCIS posted on its website notes from a Stakeholder’s meeting held November 2, 2010 meeting in which the USCIS announced that it is in the preliminary stages of redesigning form I-9. The notes include a long list of changes suggested by the participants in the Stakeholders meeting. With I-9 enforcement investigations and audits sharply on the rise, having a deep understanding of the employment verification program will become increasingly important in the next few years. Read the stakeholder meeting notes here…..
November 19, 2010 – American Civil Liberties Union Files Lawsuit Against ICE, Leigh County, and Allentown, PA for Erroneously Detaining A US Citizen
The ACLU filed lawsuit on November 19, 2010 against Immigration & Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) which is the immigration enforcement apparatus of the Department of Homeland Security, Leigh County, PA and Allentown PA alleging that a US Citizen of Puerto Rican birth was detained for 3 days because of his apparent Hispanic appearance. The complaint alleges that since Allentown and ICE had held a joint practice of detaining aliens suspected of being “subject to deportation” and in the process they detained a US Citizen for three days. Way to go ACLU. Read the complaint by clicking here…..
November 18, 2010 – US Ambassador in India Announces New Program to Facilitate Easier Visa Processing
The US Ambassador to the Indian Mission announced that any Indian national could apply for visa stamping at any consulate in India irrespective of residence as was previously required. The new practice was announced in an effort to foster convenience and to react to the business growth that India has experienced in recent years. Read the announcement on the US Embassy’s website by clicking here…..
August 19, 2010 – USCIS has Published Special Instructions for B-1/B-2 Visitors Who Want to Enroll in School
On August 19, 2010 USCIS published Special Instructions for B-1/B-2 Visitors Who Want to Enroll in School which confirms that prohibition of aliens entering the US on a visitor's visa from enrolling in public schools. More…..
August 13, 2010 – USCIS Implements H-1B and L-1 Fee Increase According to Public Law 111-230
On August 13, 2010, President Obama signed into law Public Law 111-230, which contains provisions to increase certain H-1B and L-1 petition fees. Effective immediately, Public Law 111-230 requires the submission of an additional fee of $2,000 for certain H-1B petitions and $2,250 for certain L-1A and L-1B petitions postmarked on or after Aug. 14, 2010, and will remain in effect through Sept. 30, 2014. More…..
July 16, 2010 – Immigration & Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) Steps Up Employer Targeted Raids in Texas
ICE released information that it had fined employers in Texas who frequently employ undocumented aliens more than $600,000 since the begging of the Federal Fiscal Year in October 2009. The information also states that employers faced criminal prosecution in addition to the civil fines. The Obama Administration has been very aggressive in targeting employers who frequently employ undocumented aliens and has completed more than 1500 raids since the begging of the fiscal year, more than tripled what the Busch Administration was able to accomplish in prior years.
June 28, 2010 – BROADGATE v. USCIS Update - USCIS Files Memorandum In Opposition to Prevent Preliminary Injunction in Third Party Neufeld Memo Suit
The USCIS filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia a 72 page memorandum challenging the Plaintiff’s prayer for a preliminary injunction against the application of the January 8, 2010 Neufeld Memo. The lawsuit was originally filed by several information technology companies requesting the Court to issue a temporary and permanent injunction against the USCIS from using the January 8, 2010 Neufeld Memo in its H-1B visa petition adjudications. In its memorandum filed on June 25, 2010, the USCIS stated its position that it had not violated the Administrative Procedures Act since the memorandum memorialized longstanding agency interpretation of the H-1B visa statute and regulations. In addition, the USCIS argued that the Plaintiffs in this case had not met their burden by proving that they have a high likelihood to prevail on the merits in this case and hence the Court should not grant their request for a preliminary injunction.
June 24, 2010 – Dems Wary of Midterm Elections May Not Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform This Year
Rep. Luis Gutierrez is quoted to have said that many democratic Congressmen and women are wary of publicly supporting Comprehensive Immigration Reform in fear of losing public support. He announced on Thursday that currently, Congress does not possess sufficient Democrats’ votes to pass CIR this year.
June 20, 2010 – Immigration Reform is Pushed by City of Columbus Council
The City of Columbus, Ohio passed a unanimous resolution in support of immigration reform. The resolution passed last night is non-binding on Congress but it is the second such measure a US City would undertake recently after Seattle who passed such measure several weeks ago. Councilwoman Tavaras states that the time is now for Congress to act and to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Gus Shihab, the founder of The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, Co., LPA was invited to address City of Columbus, Ohio council on this historic step. More…..
June 18, 2010 – USCIS Releases Questions & Answers Regarding EB-5 Stakeholder’s Meeting
The USCIS released materials discussed during the Alien Entrepreneur EB-5 Stakeholder meeting held Wednesday June 16, 2010. The Stakeholder’s meeting discussed the Regional Center Proposal Memorandum issued in December 2009. USCIS posted a document including extensive Questions & Answers on its website which resulted from the Stakeholder’s session. The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, Co., LPA will continue to provide updates relative to developments in this area.
June 17, 2010 – ICE Releases Strategic Plan entitled Strategic Priorities for Fiscal Years 2010 - 2014
The Immigration & Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) released a strategic plan for the period covering fiscal years 2010 through 2014 which will end on September 30, 2014. Hence this is a 3 year strategic plan. The strategic plan lists three priorities (1) preventing terrorism; (2) securing and managing US borders; and (3) enforcing immigration laws. To read the plan click here....
June 16, 2010 – USCIS Releases 2011 H-1B Visa Cap Update
The USCIS issued an update relative to the usage of H-1B visas subject to the annual cap. According to the most recent figures which reflected usage up to June 11, 2010, 22,200 regular cap visa petition s were received by the USCIS while 9,400 Master Degree exempt H-1B visas were received up to the aforementioned date. For the most recent update click here....
June 15, 2010 – USCIS Issues Proposed Memorandum to Allow for Continued Eligibility to File for Child VAWA Self-Petitioners After Attaining Age 21
The USCIS issues a draft memorandum thereby inviting the public’s comment thereon. The draft memorandum which would allow certain children victims of abuse to seek self petition for permanent residence after attaining the age of 21 but prior to the age of 25 if such alien can demonstrate the abuse was a “central reason” for the delay in filing. The comment period ends June 24, 2010. To read the draft memorandum click here....
June 11, 2010 – July 2010 Visa Bulletin Released – “Better News” for Certain Employment Based Petition Beneficiaries
The US Department of State issued the July 2010 Visa Bulletin which showed a sudden shift in the advancement of priority dates for EB-2 beneficiaries born in India. The June 2010 priority date showed February 1, 2005 as the priority dates for EB-2 Indian born beneficiaries and October 22, 2001 for EB-3 Indian born beneficiaries. There was little movement for Mainland China born beneficiaries in that regard. The July Visa Bulletin shows an 8 month improvement for Indian born beneficiaries which had not been observed for quite a while. This is significant as subsequent months could show strong improvement which is hoped to cause many immigrant petition beneficiaries whose I-140 has been approved to have their priority dates become current. A current priority date (meaning a beneficiary’s priority date to be on or prior to the date shown in the respective preference category on the Visa Bulletin) means the beneficiary is now able to file for I-485 or if the I-485 is filed, to hopefully have it approved within the same month. To review the July Visa Bulletin click here....
June 10, 2010 – Five Staffing & Software Development Companies Sue USCIS Challenging Neufled Memo in US District Court
A Washington DC law firm filed a declaratory judgment action yesterday against the USCIS in the DC District Court challenging the so called Third Party Employment Neufeld Memo issued by the USCIS on January 8, 2010. The law suit alleges that the USCIS is in violation of the Notice & Comment requirement in the Administrative Procedures Act. Furthermore, the lawsuit alleges that the USCIS has violated the Immigration & Nationality Act in denying H-1B visa petitions filed by these companies in applying the principles created by the Neufeld Memo.
June 9, 2010 – USCIS Announces 10% Increase in Filing Fees
The USCIS announced today that it is seeking public comment relative to a 10% increase in filing fees the agency is currently planning. USCIS stated that the increase in filing fees are intended to bridge the large gap between USCIS spending and significantly reduced revenues the agency received from application filing fees during the past couple of years. The announcement was made in the Federal Register. Tell the USCIS that it does not deserve a pay raise by submitting a comment against the increase in filing fees. Read my Blog by clicking here…
June 8, 2010 – Administrative Appeals Office - AAO Processing Times as of May 1, 2010
The AAO released processing times for appeals before that office. The AAO is an office within the USCIS; it is an administrative sub-agency with responsibility to review denial of certain applications by the USCIS. To review the most recent AAO report Click Here…
June 7, 2010 – BALCA Update: In Re Soon Pal Kwon, Denial of PERM affirmed when Employer Included Additional, Though Irrelevant, Addresses on PERM Internal Notice
The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (“BALCA”) affirmed the Certifying Officer’s Denial of a PERM application because the internal notice, which is one of the recruitment steps required by PERM regulations, had included an address of another office in addition to the Certifying Officer’s address. The additional office had no jurisdiction over PERM applications. The employer had argued that inclusion of the additional address was harmless error because it also included the correct address in addition on the Internal Notice. BALCA stated that the regulations under 20 C.F.R. § 656.10(d)(3) requires the employer to: “[p]rovide the address of the appropriate Certifying Officer. BALCA stated that inclusion of the additional address was not “excusable.” More....
June 3, 2010 - President Obama Meets with Arizona Governor Brewer
The White House released a statement which can be found on its website that President Obama Met with Governor Brewer to discuss Comprehensive Immigration Reform and border security issues. The Statement reiterates the White House's understanding with the frustrations the nation faces with the "broken immigration system" as the statement read and the fact that inaction on the federal level is "unacceptable."
May 25, 2010 - USCIS Updates Employment Authorization Card
The United States Citizenship & Immigration Service has announced that it made certain changes to the Employment Authorization Card, also known as EAD to deter fraud. The change would add a machine readable strip on the back of the card which will also be in compliant with international aviation standards. The new and improved EAD cards will begin to be issued as of May 11, 2010.
April 10, 2010 - FY 2011 H-1B Visa Count Update
The American Immigration Lawyers Association reported during a recent teleconference with the Vermont Service Center received a total 9525 cap subject H-1B visa petitions towards the 2011 federal fiscal year which begins on October 1, 2010. Please note that these numbers do not include petitions received by the California Service Center. We assume that a similar number was received by the CSC meaning that for the first week of April 2010 only 20,000 visas were received by the USCIS. More updates to come as the information becomes more available.