USCIS announced on July 14, 2015, that it completed the return of rejected fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions.
It was previously announced on May 4, 2015, that USCIS completed data entry of all selected...more
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
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced changes to the application process to obtain E-1 and E-2 visas, due to recent increases in overall visa applications made through the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. The E-1 visa is...more
A recent binding decision issued by the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) has complicated even further the confusing rules governing employer obligations in the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program.
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On May 21, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued guidance on an employer's obligation to amend an H-1B visa petition to report a change in the employee's worksite location. This guidance is in...more
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced yesterday that starting May 26, 2015, it will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B Extension of Stay petitions until July 27, 2015. Employers are urged...more
This discussion will focus on simplifying complicated immigration issues, including work visas, investor visas, and permanent residency. This talk is very relevant for our international community of entrepreneurs in San...more
As part of President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced eligibility for select H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B visa holders to obtain employment...more
On February 24, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule that extends eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based...more
The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced that, effective May 26, 2015, the agency is extending employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants....more
The rule creates employment eligibility for H-4 spouses where the H-1B principal is subject to I-140 backlogs or is AC-21 eligible.
In a release issued earlier today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)...more
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, pursuant to a published regulation that will be effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending...more
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will allow H-4 dependent spouses of certain H-1B nonimmigrants...more
While many immigration practitioners wait anxiously for a resolution to the judicial challenges faced by DAPA and expanded DACA, others let out a sigh of relief at the announcement made today by U.S. Citizenship and...more
The Department of State (DOS) has revised certain nonimmigrant and immigrant visa fees. DOS has adjusted the visa fees in the following categories...more
Foreign nationals and immigration practitioners often wonder why USCIS requests all immigration status documents ever issued to an applicant when applying for adjustment of status based on employment. There is a long-standing...more
Nonimmigrant and immigrant visa application fees for certain visa categories will change on September 12, 2014. All visa applicants must pay the fee amounts in effect on the day they pay, with the exception of Immigrant Visa...more
Nonimmigrant visa applicants often inquire about attending consular interviews in a third country. Especially for foreign nationals who travel frequently, it is sometimes burdensome to travel to the home country solely to...more
As of August 4, 2014, U.S. Department of State (DOS) has made significant progress and issued most of the worldwide backlog of nonimmigrant (temporary) visa cases. DOS is printing visas for immigrant visas, adoption cases,...more
Third Country Nationals may be unable to schedule nonimmigrant visa appointments at U.S. consulates and embassies throughout Canada this summer.
U.S. consular posts in Canada have temporarily suspended nonimmigrant...more
The chart linked here provides some introductory information regarding the different visa categories compiled by Williams Mullen’s Immigration Practice Group.
Please see full chart below for more information....more
I. H-1B Nonimmigrant Season Opens on April 1, 2014, for Fiscal Year 2015 -
As most H-1B employers know, there is an annual quota on the number of new H-1B petitions that can be approved each federal fiscal year. The...more
In January 2012, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) introduced a pilot program waiving visa interviews for certain types of visa applicants. The DOS has announced that the visa interview waiver program is now permanent. ...more
Entrepreneurs and Business Owners who wish to start a new business have two options. First, an E-2 visa is a non-immigrant (not a green card) visa that is available for entrepreneurs, investors and business owners who wish to...more
The H-1B non-immigrant visa is available to foreign workers who are employed by U.S. companies in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields, such as scientists, engineers, or...more
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