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USCIS Completes Count of H-1B Cap–Subject Petitions, Begins Issuing Receipts

199,000 H-1B petitions were received during the filing period. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7 that it had reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 visa H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018...more

USCIS Confirms 2018 H-1B Cap Has Been Reached

The agency will hold lotteries to select randomly which applications will make it to processing. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced this morning that the 2018 cap for H-1B petitions has been reached....more

USCIS Issues Guidance on H-1B Petition Adjudication, Announces ‘Targeted’ Site Visits

USCIS issued a policy memorandum to increase scrutiny of H-1B petitions for computer-related positions and an announcement regarding increased H-1B employer site visits—what will these changes mean for foreign worker visa...more

USCIS to Suspend Premium Processing of H-1B Petitions

The premium processing suspension will begin on April 3, 2017. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that premium processing of all H-1B petitions (including those subject to the Fiscal Year 2018...more

H-1B Filing Season Is Here - December 2016

Now is the time for employers to assess their FY2018 H-1B needs and start preparing their petitions for submission on April 3....more

12/16/2016  /  H-1B , Lottery , USCIS , Visa Caps , Visas

A Closer Look at the USCIS Final Rule on High-Skilled Immigration

On November 18, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule that significantly affects the ability of employers to employ and retain foreign national workers in the United States (Final Rule)....more

Long-Awaited DHS Regulation to Ease Job Portability Announced

The final regulation, which will take effect on January 17, 2017, clarifies USCIS policies and improves job portability for highly skilled foreign workers....more

USCIS Has Completed Data Entry for FY 2017 Cap-Subject Petitions

Some cap-subject cases will be transferred to speed up processing. On May 2, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has completed data entry of all FY 2017 H-1B cap-subject...more

5/3/2016  /  H-1B , USCIS , Visa Caps

DHS Announces Final Rule on STEM OPT Employment Authorization

The final rule adds employer obligations to the STEM OPT program. The US Department of Homeland Security has released an advance version of its long-anticipated final rule that expands employment authorization for...more

3/10/2016  /  DHS , Foreign Students , H-1B , OPT , STEM

USCIS Issues Major Proposed Rule on Employment-Based Immigration

The Proposed Rule would implement provisions of the AC21 and introduce significant reforms to the employment-based immigration process. On New Year’s Eve 2015, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a...more

H-1B Filing Season Is Here

Now is the time for employers to assess their FY2017 H-1B needs and to start preparing their petitions for submission on April 1. On April 1, 2016, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting...more

Congress Passes Legislation Affecting Visa Waiver Program

Certain key provisions of the omnibus spending bill will affect travel without visas, e-Passport requirements, EB-5 investors, and H-1B and L-1 “dependent” employers. Included in the omnibus spending bill, which the US...more

DHS Proposes New Rule for STEM OPT Extension

New rule would extend STEM optional practical training to 24 months. On October 19, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to amend its F-1 nonimmigrant student...more

Department of State Releases October 2015 Visa Bulletin

A new category of “filing” cutoff dates has been introduced to allow for earlier filing of adjustment of status applications and immigrant visa applications. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its October 2015...more

Federal Court Vacates STEM Extension Program

Current STEM OPT holders not affected until February 2016. A federal judge's ruling earlier this month invalidated the 17-month extension of optional practical training (OPT) for international students in the science,...more

USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2016 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

USCIS will begin returning petitions not selected in the lottery. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 4 that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions...more

5/5/2015  /  H-1B , Lottery , USCIS

H-1B Cap Premium Processing to Begin April 27

The USCIS has commenced issuing receipts for cap-subject H-1B petitions. On April 27, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin premium processing of cap-subject H-1B petitions that request premium...more

4/16/2015  /  H-1B , USCIS , Visa Caps

H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2016 Reached

USCIS announced that it has stopped accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap or the advanced degree cap exemption....more

4/9/2015  /  H-1B , Lottery , Visa Caps , Visas

Homeland Security Issues Proposals to Attract/Retain Highly Skilled Immigrants

Proposed regulations would grant employment authorization to qualifying H-4 nonimmigrants; apply a 240-day extension of employment authorization to timely filed requests for extensions of stay for E-3, H-1B1, and CW-1...more

H-1B Cap for 2015 Fiscal Year Reached - Update

USCIS received approximately 172,500 H-1B cap-subject petitions during the filing period that began April 1 and conducted its computer-generated random selection process on April 10. ...more

H-1B Cap for 2015 Fiscal Year Reached

USCIS has stopped accepting H-1B petitions subject to the 2015 fiscal year H-1B cap or the advanced degree exemption. On April 7, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has received a...more

4/8/2014  /  H-1B , USCIS , Visa Caps , Visas

USCIS to Expand Site Visit Program to Include L-1 Petitioners

Employers of L-1 transferees should now set up processes to deal with such visits. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced its intention to begin conducting worksite inspection visits to...more

Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013

The first major immigration proposal in several years contains sweeping changes, with the president potentially signing a version by mid-June....more

H-1B Cap for 2014 Fiscal Year Reached

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has stopped accepting H-1B petitions subject to the 2014 fiscal year H-1B cap or the advanced degree exemption....more

4/8/2013  /  H-1B , USCIS , Visa Caps , Visas

H-1B Filing Season Is Here

Now is the time for employers to assess their FY 2014 H-1B needs and to start preparing their petitions for submission on April 1. ...more

1/18/2013  /  Foreign Workers , H-1B , USCIS , Visas
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