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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 Appeals Panel Rules on L-1B Employment

The guidance creates a new wage obligation for L-1B employees on overseas payroll. On April 14, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a memorandum establishing a...more

Department of State Releases May 2017 Visa Bulletin

Expect some retrogression in EB-1 and EB-2 cutoff dates in the coming months. The US Department of State has released its May 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...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

Department of State Releases April 2017 Visa Bulletin

No change in Dates for Filing chart again, but small advances in Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State has released its April 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate...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

Department of State Releases March 2017 Visa Bulletin

No change in Dates for Filing chart again; China EB-3 advances 6.5 months in Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its March 2017 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country...more

Department of State Releases February 2017 Visa Bulletin

No change in Dates for Filing chart again; scant advancement in Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its January 2017 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority date...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

Department of State Releases January 2017 Visa Bulletin

No change in Dates for Filing chart again; minimal advancement in Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its January 2017 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority...more

Department of State Releases December 2016 Visa Bulletin

No change in Dates for Filing chart; small gains in Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its December 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority date cutoffs...more

US CBP Clarifies Policies for Certain Nonimmigrant Admissions

The agency confirms the admissibility of certain nonimmigrants who hold visas from different employers. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently clarified its policy on admissions to the United States after an...more

US Customs and Border Protection Announces Electronic Visa Update System

Enrollment is mandatory for those who hold certain visitor visas from China. The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced a new online system for China nationals to use who hold a 10-year B1/B2, B1, or...more

Department of State Releases October 2016 Visa Bulletin

Employment-based China and India First Preference and Worldwide Second Preference cutoff dates become “current” once again. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its October 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin...more

Department of State Releases September 2016 Visa Bulletin

Employment-based final action dates reflect modest advancement for the end of the fiscal year. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its September 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country...more

Mission India Announces Significant Delays in US Nonimmigrant Visa Processing

Expect further delays throughout the summer. The US Department of State recently announced that US consular posts in India are experiencing unusually long wait times for nonimmigrant visa (NIV) interview appointments....more

Department of State Releases July 2016 Visa Bulletin

July sees minor advancements in EB-3 categories following a retrogression in June. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its July 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority date cutoffs...more

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

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

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

US Department of State Issues November 2015 Visa Bulletin

The new bulletin shows no movement in filing date cutoffs and little movement in approval date cutoffs for those chargeable to India and China. The November 2015 Visa Bulletin shows little change from the October 2015...more

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

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

Significant Change to US Department of State Visa Bulletin

New class of cut-off dates to be created. According to multiple reliable sources, the US Department of State (State Department) is in the process of reengineering its system for determining immigrant visa availability...more

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