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FY2019 Diversity Lottery Instructions Are Now Available

The U.S. Department of State has announced that registration for the 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2019), also known as the Green Card Lottery, will commence at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), Tuesday, October...more

H-1B Premium Processing Resumed

On September 18, 2017, USCIS resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions that are subject to the FY2018 annual cap....more

9/22/2017  /  H-1B , USCIS , Visa Caps , Visas , Work Visas

Travel Ban Allowed to Exclude Certain Refugees – For Now

On Monday, September 11, 2017, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy issued a temporary order allowing the exclusion of most refugees pursuant to the Trump administration’s Travel Ban while the Court considers the ultimate...more

Rescission of DACA: FAQs for Employers of DACA Beneficiaries (a.k.a. Dreamers)

Q. When is the DACA program ending? A. The Trump Administration rescinded the DACA program on September 5, 2017, but is phasing out the program over a six-month period that will end on March 5, 2018....more

Trump Administration Restricts Privacy Rights for Non-U.S. Citizens

In another example of increased restriction on the rights of non-U.S. Citizens, on Thursday, April 27, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) published a policy memorandum limiting the privacy rights of immigrants and...more

USCIS Reaches Statutory Limit of H-1B Cap Cases for Fiscal Year 2018

USCIS announced on April 7, 2017, that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2018...more

4/12/2017  /  H-1B , USCIS , Visa Caps , Visas

It’s Time to Prepare H-1B Visa Petitions for Fiscal Year 2018

H-1B visas have long been the U.S. employment visa of choice due to their flexibility for professionals to work in “specialty occupations”. Lately, however, for those employers and prospective employees who are subject to the...more

Now Required: Canada – Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) for US Citizens and Citizens of Visa Waiver Countries

Effective November 9, 2016, all visa-exempt foreign nationals (including U.S. citizens) who fly to or transit through Canada will now be required to secure an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before boarding a flight to...more

DHS to Increase Filing Fees Effective 12/23/2016

Effective December 23, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be adjusting the fee schedule for immigration and naturalization benefit requests processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). DHS...more

10/25/2016  /  Applications , DHS , Filing Fees , USCIS , Visas

2018 Green Card Lottery Registration

On October 1, 2016, the US Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2018), also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Lottery Program provides a...more

Innocents Abroad: Employer Considerations When Sending Employees on International Assignments or Business Travel

Carrie: I’m writing to inform you that I am being transferred to our Rio de Janeiro office next month for a twelve month assignment. It’s a bit daunting, but I am confident that the help you have provided me in...more

USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Lottery Selection Process and Data Entry for Fiscal Year 2017

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 2, 2016, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in a computer-generated random lottery. Mintz Levin has...more

5/4/2016  /  H-1B , Lottery , USCIS , Visa Caps , Visas

H-1B Cap Hit for Fiscal Year 2017

On April 7, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received more than enough H-1B petitions to meet the numerical limit for fiscal year 2017 cap-subject H-1B visas, which includes both...more

4/8/2016  /  Fiscal Year , H-1B , USCIS , Visa Caps , Visas

Innocents Abroad: Business Traveler Troubles

At 4:50 p.m. today, one of our top software developers, Ben Bedraggled, stumbled into my office. He dropped his suitcase and computer bag on the floor and slumped into a chair looking like he had been on an airplane for...more

CBP releases FAQ on Visa Waiver Program: Rule Changes

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the “Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015” into law. On January 21, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State...more

DHS Proposes New Rule for Increased Job Flexibility: Part 2

This is part 2 of our analysis of the proposed rule published by DHS on December 30, 2015, addressing and extending employment flexibility for certain classes of nonimmigrants and prospective immigrants. Proposed Rule...more

DHS Proposes New Rule for Increased Job Flexibility: Part 1

On December 31st, the Department of Homeland Security issued a proposed rule addressing and extending employment flexibility for certain classes of nonimmigrants and prospective immigrants. The new rule proposes to amend...more

It’s Time to Prepare H-1B Visa Petitions for Fiscal Year 2017

It’s never too early to begin preparing for H-1B cap filings! This alert is a reminder of the April 1, 2016 deadline for the filing of H-1B visa petitions for Fiscal Year 2017. Petitions for the new fiscal year, which will be...more

12/4/2015  /  Filing Deadlines , H-1B , USCIS , Visa Caps , Visas

USCIS To Accept Certain I-485/AOS Applications Before Priority Date Becomes Current

Exciting news from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State (DOS) this week. The agencies announced that beginning with the visa bulletin effective October 1, 2015, USCIS will accept for...more

USCIS To Accept Certain I-485 Applications Before Priority Date Becomes Current

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State (DOS) announced that beginning with the visa bulletin effective October 1, 2015, USCIS will accept for filing I-485 applications to adjust status...more

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Extensions

USCIS announced that beginning July 13, 2015, the agency will resume accepting premium processing requests for H-1B extension of stay applications. This provides an early cancellation of the previous USCIS directive...more

Overseas Processing of U.S. Passports and Visas on Hold

The Department of State (DOS) has announced that its overseas embassies and consular posts halted the issuance of passports and visas on Friday, June 12, 2015 due to technical problems with its Consular Consolidated Database....more

Work and Travel Guidance for F-1 Students with Pending H-1B “Change of Status” Applications and “Cap-Gap” Employment Authorization...

This advisory summarizes key travel and employment issues if you are an F-1 student with Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment eligibility and an H-1B filing on your behalf has been accepted by US Citizenship and...more

Premium Processing of H-1B Extensions Suspended as of May 26

Last week, in anticipation of the increased workload to be created by the filing of applications for Employment Authorization Documents (“EADs”) by H-4 spouses of certain H-1B employees beginning May 26, 2015, USCIS announced...more

USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Lottery Selection Process for Fiscal Year 2016

As previously noted, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7, 2015, that it had received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2016. USCIS also...more

4/14/2015  /  H-1B , Lottery , USCIS , Visa Caps , Visas
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