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H-1B Cap Reached Again within First Five Business Days – But Fewer Petitions Received than the Last 4 Years

On April 7, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received more H-1B petitions than visas available under the statutory cap of 65,000 general-category and 20,000 U.S. Master's for the...more

March = Last Call for H-1B Cap Cases

Employers must initiate new H-1B Cap cases with their lawyers, and a filing with the Department of Labor is required before the H-1B petition can be filed with USCIS. So, time is running out if employers want to ensure that...more

Trump's Revised Executive Order, "Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States"

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed the highly anticipated and revised Executive Order (EO), "Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States." The new order rescinds the previous EO issued at...more

H-1B Petition Premium Processing Suspended as of April 3, but the H-1B Cap Lottery Moves Forward

Starting April 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. This suspension may last up to 6 months. While H-1B premium processing is suspended, petitioners will not be able to file Form...more

Ban on U.S. Entry: Individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen - Parameters of Ban Evolving

Pursuant to President Trump's Executive Order, the United States government is currently implementing a 90-day travel ban which applies to all individuals "from" 7 designated countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan,...more

H-1B Cap Planning Starts Now

Although we are still officially in the year 2016, it is a good time for employers to start preparing for the H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2018, which begins October 1, 2017. Demand for the H-1B has steadily increased over the...more

Mark Your Calendars: USCIS Raises Filing Fees Effective December 23

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on October 24, 2016 that effective December 23, 2016 fees for most nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions will increase by an average of 21 percent. This...more

2018 Immigrant Visa Lottery Opens in Two Weeks

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for 2018 opens Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Entries must be submitted electronically at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ between noon on October 4, 2016 and noon on November 7, 2016,...more

New Form I-129s for Intracompany Transferees Required for Blanket Petitions at US Embassies after August 29, 2016

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a revised Form I-129S, NONIMMIGRANT PETITION BASED ON BLANKET L PETITION. USCIS announced that this form must be used exclusively in applications...more

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

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