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Department of State Releases June 2016 Visa Bulletin

The bulletin shows significant retrogression in EB-2 for China and India and EB-3 China. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its June 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority date...more

5/12/2016 - China EB-2 India US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins

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

Department of State Releases May 2016 Visa Bulletin

A new geographic sector that includes El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras has been added. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its May 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority date...more

4/22/2016 - US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins Visas

Department of State Releases March 2016 Visa Bulletin

Employment-based second- and third-preference China categories show significant advancement. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its March 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority...more

2/19/2016 - Adjustment of Status Priority Date Cutoff US Department of State USCIS Visa Applications Visa Bulletins

Department of State Releases February 2016 Visa Bulletin

Employment-based adjustment of status applicants must file using the Application Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its February 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out...more

1/29/2016 - Adjustment of Status EB-2 EB-3 EB-5 Priority Date Cutoff US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins

Good News for F-1 International Students: STEM OPT Authorization Allowed Beyond February 12

Federal court rules to allow limited relief of court’s order to May 10, 2016. On January 23, Federal Court Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle granted a request by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to delay the possible...more

1/26/2016 - DHS E-Verify Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) OPT STEM Students USCIS

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

1/11/2016 - Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) Green Cards H-1B Portability Proposed Regulation USCIS

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

1/9/2016 - Filing Season Foreign Nationals Form F-1 H-1B H-1B1 L-1B TN-Visas USCIS Work Visas

Department of State Releases January 2016 Visa Bulletin

Employment-based adjustment of status applicants must file using the Application Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its January 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out...more

12/18/2015 - Adjustment of Status Priority Date Cutoff US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins Visas

US Department of State Reissues October Visa Bulletin

The previously announced filing date cut-offs have been rolled back significantly. On September 25, the US Department of State issued a revised October Visa Bulletin that contains new and earlier filing cut-off dates...more

9/28/2015 - Adjustment of Status Non-Immigrant Visas Priority Date Cutoff US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins Visas

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

9/10/2015 - Adjustment of Status Applications EB-2 EB-3 Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) Green Cards H-1B I-140 Permanent Residence Cards Priority Date Cutoff US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins Visas

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

8/31/2015 - DHS Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) Form F-1 H-1B Notice and Comment OPT Proposed Regulation STEM USCIS

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

President Obama Announces Executive Actions on Immigration

The actions will prioritize immigration enforcement, offer temporary work authorization to undocumented immigrants, and implement changes that benefit highly skilled workers....more

11/24/2014 - Barack Obama DACA DAPA Deportation DHS Executive Orders Green Cards Immigration Reform PERM STEM USCIS

Department of State Releases November 2014 Visa Bulletin

Bulletin shows severe retrogression of cutoff date in EB-2 India category; meanwhile, the cutoff date in all other employment-based categories will advance. EB-3 China will once again move ahead of EB-2 China....more

10/14/2014 - China EB-2 EB-3 Immigrants India USCIS Visas

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

4/15/2014 - H-1B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Lottery USCIS Visa Caps Visas

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

1/27/2014 - Foreign Nationals Fraud and Abuse H-1B Immigration Enforcement L-1 National Security OIG USCIS

Update: Employment-Based Immigrant Visa Numbers and Priority Date Cutoffs

Department of State’s Visa Office comments on demand in the employment-based immigrant visa categories, indicating an early retrogression of the cutoff date for EB-2 India. Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control...more

12/6/2013 - Adjustment of Status Compliance EB-2 Immigrants US Department of State USCIS Visas

U.S. Government Shutdown Will Disrupt Many Immigration Processes

Programs at the Departments of State and Labor are likely to be affected more than others if partial government shutdown occurs on October 1. The potential U.S. government shutdown on October 1 could have...more

9/30/2013 - DOL Government Shutdown USCIS

U.S. Immigration Benefits Available to Same-Sex Spouses

USCIS issues expanded and revised FAQ in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision overturning DOMA. ...more

7/29/2013 - Adjustment of Status DOMA Form I-130 Residency Requirements Same-Sex Marriage USCIS Visas Waivers

USCIS Issues Numerous Requests for Evidence on Pending I-485 Applications

Identical requests on Adjustment of Status applications have been issued specifically to EB-2 applicants chargeable to India. On June 13, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) began issuing a substantial...more

6/26/2013 - Adjustment of Status I-485 Applications Requests for Evidence USCIS

Are You Using the Correct Form I-9?

Use of the new form is mandatory starting May 7, 2013. As we reported earlier, on March 8, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a newly revised Employment Eligibility Verification form, Form...more

5/8/2013 - Deadlines Eligibility Hiring & Firing I-9 USCIS

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

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