United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a federal agency under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. The USCIS... more +
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a federal agency under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. The USCIS performs a broad variety of administrative functions, including processing visa and naturalization petitions, as well as applications for asylum and refugee status.  less -
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Stay on Order Affecting H-2B Program is Extended by One Month

On Wednesday, the Florida federal court in Perez v. Perez, No. 3:14-cv-682, extended the stay on its March 4, 2015 order vacating the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) 2008 H-2B regulations order by one month through May 15,...more

H-1B Cap Premium Processing to Begin April 27

The USCIS has commenced issuing receipts for cap-subject H-1B petitions. On April 27, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin premium processing of cap-subject H-1B petitions that request premium...more

Record Number of H-1B Applications Emphasizes Importance of Considering Alternatives for Applicants Not Selected in Lottery

USCIS has announced that it received nearly 233,000 H-1B applications during the first week of April, nearly three times the available quota. This means that nearly two-thirds of all applications submitted to the agency will...more

New Precedent Decision Revoking an Approved H-1B Work Visa Petition Poses Dire Consequences for the Consulting Industry

On April 9, 2015, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (CIS) issued a precedent decision affirming the California Service Center (CSC) Director's revocation of an H-1B...more

Alternative Visa Strategies in The Aftermath of The Record-Breaking April 2015 H-1B Lottery

The United States Citizenship & Immigration Service announced yesterday that it received nearly 233,000 H-1B visa petitions in the first week of the application window for the 85,000 cap-subject visas available for fiscal...more

Is Your H-1B Worker Moving Elsewhere? You May Have To File An Amended H-1B Petition

The Administrative Appeals Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a significant decision last week that overruled prior USCIS practice....more

USCIS Completes H-1B Cap Lottery for FY2016

As previously reported, on April 7, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2016. ...more

2016 H1B Cap Reached - Alternatives to the H-1B Visa Category

On April 7, 2015, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it received sufficient H-1B petitions to meet the Master's and regular H-1B quotas (or "caps") for Fiscal Year 2016, which begins on October...more

Immigration Update: USCIS hits H-1B Cap for FY2016

On April 7, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it had received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year 2016. USCIS has also received more than the limit...more

H-1B visa cap update

On April 13, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it received approximately 233,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period between April 1st and April 7th, including petitions filed for the...more

USCIS Receives 233,000 Cap Subject H-1B Petitions; Lottery Conducted on April 2015

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 13, 2015, that 233,000 cap subject H-1B petitions were received between April 1 and April 7. That’s 60,500 more petitions filed this year than during the...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

Alert: USCIS Conducts Random H-1B Lottery for FY 2016

Today, after receiving nearly 233,000 petitions, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it conducted its lottery (a computer-generated random selection process) to select the H-1B petitions...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

USCIS Receives Record Number of H-1B Work Visa Requests

On April 13, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) released the H-1B “cap” count, indicating that during the filing period it had received nearly 233,000 petitions for H-1B work visas. This means that U.S....more

AAO Requires Amended H-1B Petition for Change in Work Location When New LCA Necessary

On April 9, 2015, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), which is responsible for the review of certain decisions rendered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), issued a published decision in the Matter of...more

Employers’ Demand for H-1B Visas Quickly Exceeds USCIS Cap . . . Again

As in recent years, the strong demand for H-1B visas for scientists, engineers, computer programmers, and other foreign workers in so-called “specialty occupations” again led employers in the United States to file petitions...more

Changed locations require New H-1B Petition, Not Just LCA

The Attorney General has designated as "precedent" a decision of the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) ruling that the change of a job's location outside the area covered by the original approved labor condition...more

USCIS Reaches FY 2016 H-1B Cap

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for the fiscal year (FY) 2016. USCIS will use a lottery system in order to randomly select the petitions needed...more

Alternatives to the H-1B Visa: A New L-1B Adjudication Standard?

As expected, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has met the FY2016 H-1B cap during the first week of the new filing season. Over the next few weeks, many employers who filed H-1B...more

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reaches H-1B cap for Fiscal Year 2016

On April 7, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it reached the H-1B cap for Fiscal Year 2016. Before running the lottery, USCIS will complete initial intake for all filings received during the...more

H-1B Cap Reached; USCIS to Conduct Random Lottery

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced April 7, 2015, that between April 1, 2015, and April 7, 2015, it received more than 65,000 cap-subject H-1B petitions and more than 20,000 H-1B petitions for...more

USCIS Exceeds Fiscal Year 2016 Limit on H-1B Petitions

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year 2016. It also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced...more

Fiscal Year 2016 H-1B Cap Is Reached

On April 7, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it had reached the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2016. The USCIS also announced that it had received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B...more

H-1B Cap Reached – Lottery Initiated and Premium Processing Delayed

On April 7, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it reached the statutory cap of H-1B petitions for fiscal year (FY) 2016. As predicted, the USCIS received a heavy demand for the...more

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