H-1B United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Visas

The H-1B visa program allows U.S. employers to hire temporary nonimmigrant workers for specialty occupations. Specialty occupations are defined as occupations requiring the application of a "body of highly... more +
The H-1B visa program allows U.S. employers to hire temporary nonimmigrant workers for specialty occupations. Specialty occupations are defined as occupations requiring the application of a "body of highly specialized knowledge and the attainment of at least a bachelor's degree or its equivalent." Examples of specialty occupations include chemistry, mathematics, engineering, medicine, and architecture, to name a few. Individuals may not apply for H-1B visas; they are distributed only through the approval of employer petitions. In order to protect U.S. workers from unfair competition resulting from the program, the rules require that employers pay nonimmigrant workers equivalent wages to similarly-situated U.S. workers or the industry's prevailing wage. H-1B visas are subject to a yearly cap which is currently set at 85,000.   less -
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Employee Visa Delays In Store for Employers

Changes in processing times for H1-B petitions are the latest immigration challenge for employers. Starting April 3, no longer can employers take advantage of "Premium Processing" – a 15-day expedited service formerly...more

Breaking Immigration Developments: President Trump’s Second Travel Ban Halted

In an unprecedented development last week, a Federal District Judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide restraining order halting President Trump’s second travel ban. The successful challenge, brought by the State of Hawaii, once...more

Gear Up for H-1B, L-1 Reforms

Aiming to reform and reduce fraud and abuse in the H-1B and L-1 visa programs, bipartisan bills have been introduced in both Houses of the Congress. Outsourcers are the top users of H-1B visas. These companies are known to...more

DHS Site Visits and Inspections — Be Prepared

From time to time, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conducts site visits at the offices of employers petitioning for temporary work visas on behalf of their employees. These visits are funded by the $500 “anti-fraud”...more

Compliance News Flash

This week’s news flash – a quick overview of timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important to your organization. 1. President Trump signed a revised executive order restricting travel—known...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 valid to April 1, 2017 or later, and an H-1B filing on your behalf has been...more

USCIS Suspends H-1B Premium Processing Beginning April 3, 2017

Seyfarth Synopsis: USCIS recently announced that the agency will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions beginning on April 3, 2017. USCIS indicates the purpose of the suspension is to process H-1B...more

USCIS Suspends Premium Processing for H-1B Filings

On Friday, March 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a temporary suspension of the premium processing option for all H-1B petitions filed on or after April 3, 2017. This suspension includes...more

USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing of H-1B Petitions

USCIS has announced that it will temporarily suspend Premium Processing for all H-1B petitions, beginning April 3, 2017. The suspension will apply to all H-1B petitions, including new H-1B cases filed under the FY18 H-1B cap,...more

USCIS Suspends Premium Processing for H-1B Petitons Beginning April 3rd

The USCIS announced on March 3, 2017 that beginning April 3, 2017, it will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. According to the USCIS, the suspension may last up to 6 months. While H-1B premium...more

Premium Processing to be Temporarily Suspended for H-1B Petitions

As of April 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. Therefore petitioners will not have the option to request 15-day, premium processing on H-1B petitions filed on or after April 3,...more

USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing of All H-1B Petitions Filed On or After April 3, 2017

On March 3, 2017, USCIS announced it will suspend Premium Processing of all H-1B petitions filed April 3, 2017 and later. The suspension may last up to six months, and is intended to reduce the processing times for H-1B...more

Recent Developments in Business Immigration Law - USCIS to suspend H-1B Premium Processing next month

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it will suspend Premium Processing of all H-1B filings starting on April 3, 2017. This includes all Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B cap filings, as well as H-1B...more

U.S. Immigration to Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that as of Monday, April 3, 2017, it will not accept Premium Processing requests for H-1B visa petitions for a temporary period expected to last up to six (6)...more

No H-1B Premium Processing. At All. For Who Knows How Long.

On March 3, 2017 USCIS announced that it will not honor any requests for premium processing for ANY H-1B petitions filed starting April 3 until further notice. That includes capped and cap-exempt petitions, and petitions for...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

No Premium Processing for April 2017 H-1B Petitions

The United States Citizenship & Immigration Services announced on Friday, March 3, 2017, that effective April 3, 2017, it will suspend premium processing of H-1B petitions, for an expected six months. Its stated reason for...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

USCIS to Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for H-1B Visas

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, starting on April 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions. The suspension could last up to six months....more

USCIS Temporarily Suspending Premium Processing of All H-1B Petitions

Starting April 3, 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. The temporary suspension applies to all H-1B cases, including H-1B...more

Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Cases Starting on April 3, 2017

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that starting on April 3, 2017 (and to continue for up to six months), it is suspending Premium Processing for all H-1B visa petitions, including petitions...more

USCIS Will Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions Beginning on April 3, 2017

On March 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, beginning on April 3, 2017, it will temporarily suspend Premium Processing for all H-1B visa petitions. Premium Processing is a USCIS...more

Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing Service for All H-1B Petitions

On March 3, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will temporarily suspend the premium processing service for all H-1B nonimmigrant visa petitions beginning on April 3, 2017....more

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Suspends Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions Commencing Monday, April 3, 2017

On March, 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it was suspending premium processing for all H-1B petitions commencing April 3, 2017. USCIS advised that premium processing may be suspended...more

USCIS Suspends Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions Starting April 3

On March 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the suspension of premium processing for all H-1B petitions. This suspension starts April 3, 2017, and affects all types of H-1B cases. As outlined...more

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