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H-1B Cap: The Receipts Are Trickling In!

On April 7, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received more H-1B petitions than available under the statutory cap of 65,000 general-category visas and 20,000 U.S. Master's visas for...more

Holiday Planning Should Include H-1B Cap Planning

While it may seem early, the holiday season is a good time for employers to start preparing for the H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2017, which begins October 1, 2016. Demand for the H-1B has steadily increased so that last year,...more

Immigration News Flash: 2017 Immigrant Visa Lottery Opens October 1, 2015!

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for 2017 opens Thursday, October 1, 2015. Entries must be submitted electronically at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ between noon on October 1, 2015, and noon on November 3,...more

Cruel Joke: Department of State Backtracks on New October 2015 Visa Bulletin: Dates for Filing Retrogress for EB-2 India and EB-2...

In a shocking move late Friday afternoon, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued a revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin that supersedes the Visa Bulletin originally published on September 9, 2015. The most dramatic changes...more

Visa Bulletin Revised: New System Allows for Filing of Applications for Adjustment of Status (Form I-485) Sooner!

On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in coordination with the Department of State (DOS), announced that it was "revising the procedures for determining visa availability...more

H-1B Update – Is an Employer Required to file an H-1B Amendment Petition Due to a Change in Work Location which Occurred Prior to...

USCIS, on July 21, 2015, issued final guidance as to the implementation of Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC (Simeio). The Simeio decision requires employers to file an amended H-1B petition anytime an employee is moved to...more

US Passport/Visa System-wide Glitch Impacts U.S. Embassies Worldwide

Before Vacation Takeoff, Buckle Up for Delays! U.S. Embassies worldwide currently are experiencing serious technological problems with their passport and visa systems. As a result, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has...more

Premium Processing Is Taking a Summer Vacation!

USCIS Announced That It Is Temporarily Suspending Premium Processing of H-1B Extension Petitions - The United States Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) announced yesterday, without warning to its stakeholders, that it...more

H-1B Updates - (1) New Petition Required When Work Location Changes and (2) USCIS Ran Lottery for Fiscal Year 2016 on April 13

Changing years of established policy, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) ruled in a precedent decision on April 9, 2015 that the beneficiary of an H-1B petition working in the United States cannot change geographical...more

Continued Rollout of Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

Today, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced that starting May 26, 2015 it will be accepting applications for employment authorization (EAD) for H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants...more

Forecasting USCIS Delays This Summer

As has been widely publicized, on November 20, 2014, President Obama announced Executive Actions on Immigration, including: - Expanding the parameters of his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to...more

2/16/2015  /  DACA , DAPA , Deferred Action , Immigration , USCIS

H1-B Cap 2016 Filings Due In April, Competition Remains Steady

Time to start preparing for the H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2016! Demand for the H-1B visa category has steadily increased. Last year, USCIS received 172,500 petitions for 85,000 H-1B spots. Although USCIS issues receipts in...more

E-Verify Maintenance Requirements Modified to Minimize Security Risks

On January 1, 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will begin disposing of E-Verify records that are over 10 years old in accordance with the National Archives Records Administration records...more

Obama’s Executive Action – What Does It Mean For Foreign Workers and US Businesses

President Obama's immigration address to the nation on November 20, 2014 focused on the undocumented immigrants in the United States. However, there are several interesting policy initiatives that will affect US employers and...more

U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Dates Announced

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for 2016 opens Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Entries must be submitted electronically at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ between noon on October 1, 2014, and noon on November 3,...more

Delays at US Consulates Globally

The Department of State (DOS) Bureau of Consular Affairs nonimmigrant visa system suffered an outage last week. Working over the weekend, DOS has made progress restoring the database and is now able to print visas. As such,...more

DHS Announces New Rules To Facilitate Employment for Professionals in Efforts To Attract and Retain Highly Skilled Foreign Workers

With immigration reform at a standstill, the Obama administration is taking steps to help businesses attract and retain professionals working in the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced two major...more

USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap for FY 2015 and Conducts Lottery

On Monday, April 7th, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it had received enough H-1B petitions to reach the cap of 65,000 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, as well as the 20,000 limit for those...more

H-1B Cap Reached for FY 2015

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the cap for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. Based on the volume received as of today, USCIS has determined...more

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

H-1B Cap: No, It Is Not Too Early

While it may seem early, it is a good time for employers to start preparing for the H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins October 1, 2014. Demand for the H-1B has steadily increased, with last year's cap being reached...more

1/27/2014  /  Filing Deadlines , H-1B , Immigrants , USCIS , Visas

USCIS Site Visits – Expanding to L-1 Petitioners

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) created and implemented the Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program (ASVVP) in July 2009, under which it conducts unannounced site inspections at the...more

11/26/2013  /  Fraud , H-1B , Inspections , L-1 , OIG , USCIS , Visas

U.S. Government Shutdown: Immigration and Visa Consequences for the Business Community

The unthinkable is happening, a U.S. government shutdown. What is the impact of this on immigration matters? Passports - The United States Passport Office will stop processing U.S. passport and passport card...more

Immigration News Flash: United States Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Opens Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 at Noon EDT and Will Close...

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for the next cycle of this popular program opens Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Entries must be submitted electronically between noon on October 1, 2013, and noon on November 2, 2013,...more

United States State Department Announces Visas for Same-Sex Spouses Are Now Available

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court found Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, and we reported in our client alert of July 12, 2013 on implementation of the decision by United States Citizenship...more

DOMA Overruled: Milestone for Applicants of Immigration Benefits

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional, allowing for the recognition of same-sex marriages and making way for...more

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