Law Office of Leila Freijy PLLC
Immigration & Compliance Law 
H-1B Cap Count and ELIS
H-1B Cap Count 

 As of May 18, 2012, approximately 42,000 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted against the quota of 65,000. Additionally, USCIS has receipted 16,000 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees against the separate quota of 20,000 for those with advanced degrees from U.S. institutions.

ELIS - Electronic Immigration Benefits System launched

On May 22, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched the first phase of its electronic immigration benefits system, known as USCIS ELIS. The system has been created to modernize the process for filing and adjudicating immigration benefits.  

"Today marks a significant milestone in our agency's history," said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. "We have launched the foundation for the web-based future of our agency and our immigration benefits system. USCIS ELIS will transform how we interact with our customers and how we manage the 6-7 million applications we receive each year."
 
This initial launch brings the agency closer to realizing the future of immigration services. Beginning today, individuals can establish a USCIS ELIS account and apply online to extend or change their nonimmigrant status for certain visa types. Eligible individuals include foreign citizens who travel to the United States temporarily to study, conduct business, receive medical treatment, or visit on vacation. USCIS ELIS will also enable USCIS officers to review and adjudicate online filings from multiple agency locations across the country.


Benefits of using USCIS ELIS include filing applications and paying fees online, shorter processing times, and the ability to update user profiles, receive notices, and respond to requests electronically. The system also includes tools to combat fraud and identify national security concerns.

 

Visit www.uscis.gov/uscis-elis to take a tour of the new system, learn about eligibility and the benefits of using USCIS ELIS, and find frequently asked questions.

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Leila Freijy
Law Office of Leila Freijy PLLC
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(Of Counsel to Ellis Porter - Immigration Attorneys)