The Department of State had released the Visa Bulletin for July 2011.
According to an article on nytimes.com: “Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts has decided the state will not participate in a fingerprint-sharing program that is central to the Obama administrations enforcement strategy, dealing a new political blow to a program that has met rising resistance nationwide.”
New York and Illinois are the other states whose governors have pulled out of the program. Immigration continues to be a divisive, hot button issue for many. If history is any indication, the upcoming election as well as the myriad of state immigration laws may bring attention to the issue. Politics frequently get in the way of good policies so we will have to wait and see what the prospects for Comprehensive Immigration Reform will be in the coming year.
According to the USCIS, as of June 1, 2011, the agency has received 13,600 out of 65,000 available cap-subject H-1B petitions for FY-2012 and 9,300 out of 20,000 available petitions under the H-1B Masters Cap Exemption.
According to the USCIS, as of May 20, 2011, the agency has received 13,100 out of 65,000 available cap-subject H-1B petitions for FY-2012 and 9,000 out of 20,000 available petitions under the H-1B Masters Cap Exemption.