United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Visas

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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Deficient Approval Notices Issued

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has reported that a recent problem resulting in the issuance of deficient approval notices has been resolved. The error occurred at the California Service Center (“CSC”)...more

Additional Movement for EB-2 India Released in Department of State's August 2014 Visa Bulletin

The August 2014 Visa Bulletin was recently released by the U.S. Department of State (DOS). As outlined in our June 10, 2014, legal update on this issue, the EB-2 category for foreign nationals from India pursuing the...more

What Employers Need to Know About I-9 Audits

With the government enforcing I-9 compliance with increased vigilance, it is more important than ever for employers to understand the I-9 requirements and be prepared for an I-9 audit in the event that one...more

Duplicate E-Verify Entries

A new feature in E-Verify will now provide a notification to users when a case is entered that includes the same Social Security number as another case entered in the previous 30 days. Oftentimes duplicate cases are entered...more

Immigration Corner: E-Verify Not an Impenetrable Shield, H-4 Spouses May Soon be Looking for Work, More Trips to the Doctor for...

E-Verify offers a tool to assist employers in verifying employment/immigration status for prospective employees, but it should not be mistaken for protection during an I-9 audit. On March 26, 2014, the Office of the Chief...more

Federal Government Expands Enforcement of Immigration Laws through Site Inspections and Employee Interviews

USCIS’s Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) Directorate is expected to begin full-scale implementation of an L-1 site inspection program in the near future. FDNS conducts unannounced administrative site visits...more

The DACA Renewal Process is Released

"Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson today announced the process for individuals to renew enrollment in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has...more

Revised USCIS Guidance: Form I-693 No Longer Required As Initial Evidence

Generally, all applicants for adjustment of status to that of a lawful permanent resident must submit Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, completed by a physician designated by the U.S....more

USCIS Holds Stakeholder Call on L-1A Site Visits

On April 24, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) held a teleconference regarding the implementation of L-1A site visits for intra-company transferee managers and executives. As we reported, earlier this...more

High Demand for H-1B Visa Petitions Continues

Once again, demand for H-1B visa petitions greatly exceeded the supply, as predictably, the H-1B visa quota cap for fiscal year 2015 was reached quickly. Within the first five days of the filing, USCIS reached the H-1B cap...more

Employers: Are You at Risk for Immigration and I-9 Audits?

The Background - The Obama administration has attempted to attract and retain new and highly skilled talent to the United States, setting initiatives to allow foreign nationals working in the United States to remain...more

Unexpected USCIS Site Visits Expanded To L Visa Holders - Costs And Liabilities Associated With Being Noncompliant, Or Being...

HIGHLIGHTS - - The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Fraud Detection and National Security Division recently announced that it is expanding worksite inspections to include employers of L-1 visa...more

Overview of U.S. Immigration Law & Procedures for Employers

In This Presentation: - Government Agencies Involved - Terms & Definitions - U.S. Citizens - Lawful Permanent Residents (Immigrants or “Green Card” Holders) - Paths to Permanent Residency -...more

Surprise Site Visits for L-1 Employers Expected

Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS), a faction of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), confirmed recently in a stakeholder teleconference that the FDNS plans to start making surprise visits to employers...more

USCIS Regulations Slowly Catching up/Catching on to Current Immigration Realities

In recent days, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has published several proposed rules in the Federal Register, which, if adopted, will bring welcome and much needed regulatory changes....more

USCIS Proposed Rule on Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Spouses

The Department of Homeland Security has proposed to provide work authorization benefits to spouses of H-1B visa holders. If this proposal is put into effect it will allow dependents to apply for an EAD, or an Employment...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

How Businesses Can Plan for Foreign Hires in Light of H-1B Cap

Given that the H-1B visa cap was, once again, met quickly, many U.S. employers are scrambling to figure out how to hire and retain the foreign national employees that they need. As we recently reported, the U.S. Citizenship...more

USCIS Completes Data Entry For All FY 2015 H-1B Cap Petitions

On May 2, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that data entry for all FY 2015 H-1B cap petitions has been completed. The agency will now begin to reject and return all H-1B cap-subject petitions...more

Data Entry Completed for Fiscal Year 2015 H-1B Cap Cases

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that data entry of all FY15 H-1B cap petitions has been completed. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap petitions that were not selected in the lottery....more

Immigration Alert: April 2014

I. USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2015 H-1B Cap - 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 quota is 65,000 for regular H-1B...more

Differences In Dates in USCIS L Visa Approval & Consulate Passport Visa Stamp

Your passport L-1A visa stamp is good until 2015, but the USCIS approval expires in 2014, which one is correct? The dichotomy in the passport visa stamp and the USCIS approval can be confusing. There is a difference in the...more

H-1B Lottery Should Serve as a Reminder of the Need to Increase the Annual Cap

As we previously predicted, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) received more new H-1B petitions during the first week of April 2014 than there are visa numbers available for Fiscal Year (FY)...more

FY 2015 H-1B Visa Cap Reached

As anticipated, the 2015 H-1B visa quota was met quickly. On April 7, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000...more

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

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