Starting 4/1/16, the U.S. Consulate General in Vancouver will no longer process K-1 visas. The U.S. Consulate General in Montreal will be the interviewing site for all K visas in Canada. This change will allow Mission Canada to more efficiently schedule and adjudicate K visa applications.
As of 3/24/16, USCIS has receipted 9,659 beneficiaries towards the 33,000 cap for the second half of FY2016. This count includes 4,065 approved and 5,594 pending beneficiaries.
USCIS received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the first half of FY2016. March 15, 2016, was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before April 1, 2016.
USCIS issued a 3/18/16 policy memorandum on determining whether a new job is in “the same or a similar occupational classification” for purposes of INA §204(j) job portability. Guidance shall be used for all §204(j) determinations pending or filed with USCIS on or after 3/21/16. See the memo at https://goo.gl/yUPA3Y