Iranian President seeks US visa

The President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has applied for a visa to visit the United States next week, the US government has said.
The application is apparently motivated by his wish to be at the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be among more than 30 foreign ministers attending the opening day of discussions in New York.
The US says Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon, but Tehran has denied it.
The US ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, said: "My understanding is that as of today he (Mr Ahmadinejad) has filed an application for a visa."
Tehran has always claimed that its nuclear energy programme is for peaceful, civilian purposes.
But the US and five other powers - Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany - are discussing proposed new UN sanctions against Iran for its refusal to halt uranium enrichment, a key step on the road to creating nuclear weapons.

FY 2011 H-1B Petitions continue to be accepted by USCIS

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it continues to accept H-1B non-immigrant petitions subject to the 2011 (FY 2011) cap. USCIS has said that it will monitor the number of petitions received for both the 65,000 general cap and the 20,000 U.S. master’s degree or higher educational exemption.
USCIS has received approximately 13,500 H-1B petitions toward the 65,000 cap. The agency has received approximately 5,600 petitions for individuals with advanced degrees.
USCIS will provide regular updates on the processing of FY 2011 H-1B petitions. Should USCIS receive the necessary number of petitions to meet the cap, it will issue an update to advise the public, that the FY 2011 H-1B cap has been met as of a certain date (the “final receipt date”). The final receipt date will be based on the date USCIS physically receives the petition, not the date that the petition has been postmarked. The date USCIS informs the public that the cap has been reached may differ from the actual final receipt date.
To ensure a fair system, USCIS may randomly select the number of petitions required to reach the numerical limit from the petitions received on the final receipt date. USCIS will reject cap subject petitions that are not selected, as well as those received after the final receipt date.
For cases filed for premium processing during the initial five-day filing window of April 1-7, the 15-day premium processing period began on April 7. For cases filed for premium processing after the filing window, the premium processing period begins on the date that the petition is physically received at the correct USCIS Service Center.
Petitions filed by employers who are exempt from the cap or petitions filed on behalf of current H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap within the past six years will not count toward the congressionally mandated H-1B cap.


H-1B visa - No deadline announced by USCIS

The US citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has started accepting the H1B Visa applications for the next fiscal year.
A total of 65,000 applications are offered, excluding 20,000 H1B visas for applicants of US masters’ or higher degree.
The H1B Visa is the official and primary USA work visa accessible to people from all over the world. The H1B visa offered to greatly skilled International Professionals and International Students from the entire world for giving the possibility to live and work in the United States, and it is the most sought after and hunted US work visa. The most important benefit of the H1B Visa is that it is ‘dual intent’ visa which helps to apply for a Green Card.
USCIS has not insisted on any deadline for accepting H1B applications in 2010. A release from USCIS remarked: “Cases will be considered accepted on the date that it takes possession of a properly filed petition with the correct fee; not the date that the petition is postmarked.”