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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 Department of State Non-Immigrant Visas Priority Date Cutoff 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 Department of State EB-2 EB-3 Employment Authorization Document Green Cards H-1B I-140 Permanent Residence Cards Priority Date Cutoff 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 Document F-1 H-1B Notice and Comment OPT Proposed Regulation STEM USCIS

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 Department of State EB-2 Immigrants 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

U.S. Employers Face New Form I-9 Requirements

USCIS announces newly revised Form I-9 with 60-day phase-in period. On March 8, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a newly revised Employment Eligibility Verification form, Form I-9, which...more

3/8/2013 - Eligibility Hiring & Firing I-9 USCIS

Impact of Sequester on Immigration-Related Government Services

The automatic spending cutback is expected to result in diminished immigration-related services. It is anticipated that the sequester (the automatic spending cutback that went into effect on March 1, 2013) may result...more

3/6/2013 - Customs and Border Protection Department of State DOL Sequestration Spending Cuts USCIS Visas

H-1B Filing Season Is Here

Now is the time for employers to assess their FY 2014 H-1B needs and to start preparing their petitions for submission on April 1. ...more

1/18/2013 - Foreign Workers H-1B USCIS Visas

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