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USCIS to Mandate In-person Interviews for All Employment-based Permanent Residence Applicants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that starting Oct. 1, all foreign nationals who have submitted employment-based adjustment of status applications will now be required to undergo a personal...more

USCIS Denying Pending Advance Parole Applications for Abandonment Due to International Travel

Advance Parole allows an individual to travel internationally during the pendency of an adjustment of status (AOS) application. Those individuals who hold a valid H or L visa also have the option of using that visa to travel...more

USCIS to Require Interviews for Employment-Based Adjustment Applicants

by Barley Snyder on

Starting in October, there could be a bureaucratic backlog for businesses with employees carrying temporary work visas looking to make them permanent. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) this week...more

USCIS Will Deny Pending Advance Parole Applications When Green Card Applicants Travel Internationally

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has reversed its longstanding practice and will begin to deny Advance Parole (AP) applications if a green card applicant travels internationally...more

USCIS Will Require Interviews for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applicants

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

USICS has announced that – effective October 1, 2017 – it will begin to “phase in” an in-person interview requirement for applicants for adjustment of status based on employment, as well as for other categories of applicants...more

Coming Soon: In-Person Interviews for Employment-Based Green Card Applicants

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On August 28, 2017, USCIS announced that it will begin expanding in-person interviews for certain permanent residency applicants, a change being implemented in response to Executive Order 13780, which pushed for more "uniform...more

Higher Costs for Highly Skilled Foreign Workers in Store for Employers?

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Despite the absence of new regulations or policies enacted following the President’s “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order, a recent shift in the adjudication of H-1B visas indicates the Administration’s policy...more

Changes to Foreign Affairs Manual and Developments in the Adjudications of Nonimmigrant Visas Signal Increased Scrutiny of Visa...

by Littler on

Recent actions by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) indicate that employers seeking to hire foreign workers will likely face a more stringent visa approval process....more

Overhaul of H-1B Visa Program Expected in Response to "Buy American and Hire American" Order

by Littler on

The White House has been working with the Department of Justice to formulate changes to the H-1B visa program pursuant to the administration’s “Buy American and Hire American” executive order. The H-1B visa program is a...more

Trump Executive Order Calls for Reforms to H-1B Visa Rules

by Morgan Lewis on

In a recent executive order, US President Donald Trump ordered his cabinet secretaries to suggest reforms to the H-1B visa program to help ensure that “H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid petition...more

Data Entry of FY 2018 H-1B Petitions Complete

by Morgan Lewis on

Some Vermont cases will be transferred to California. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 3 that all data entry for FY 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been completed....more

Campus Counsel | Monthly Roundup Of Legal Issues In Higher Education: March 2017 Edition Summaries: Higher Education Associations...

by Bowditch & Dewey on

On March 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is temporarily suspending premium processing of H-1B skilled worker visa applications for up to six months, beginning on April 3, 2017....more

Trump Targets Tech Teams (And Others) Through H-1B Crackdown

by Fisher Phillips on

President Trump signed an executive order this week directing a full review of the H-1B visa program as part of a continued push to clamp down companies that hire foreign labor instead of American workers. The centerpiece of...more

FY2018 H-1B Lottery Applications Decline for First Time in 5 Years

by Fisher Phillips on

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced earlier this week that it received 199,000 H-1B petitions for the FY 2018 H-1B cap. As usual, this far exceeds the total allocation of 65,000...more

New Executive Order Addresses H-IB Visas

by Littler on

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed the "Buy American and Hire American" executive order (EO), which addresses H-IB visas. The EO calls for the application of existing U.S. laws to visa recipients and the revaluation...more

Buy American and Hire American and the H-1B Lottery

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On April 18, President Trump signed an Executive Order labeled the “Buy American and Hire American” initiative. Federal agencies are already subject to certain laws and regulations which require or give preference to American...more

H-1B Cap Lottery Completed for FY2018

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On April 17th, USCIS announced that it received 199,000 H-1B petitions during the FY2018 cap filing period, which began April 3, 2017. USCIS has also completed the computer-generated random selection process (aka the...more

USCIS H-1B Cap Numbers

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7, 2017 that the agency reached the congressionally mandated number of 65,000 visa H-1B Cap petitions for FY2018. USCIS reported on April 17, 2017 that...more

H-1B Cap Reached; President Trump Signs H-1B Executive Order

On April 7, only five business days into the filing season, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had already received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory caps for both...more

Trump Administration Announces Changes to the H-1B Program

by Dickinson Wright on

In connection with the Trump Administration’s desire to crack-down on its perceived misuse of the H-1B visa category, various U.S. government agencies have announced a coordinated effort in re-interpreting regulations as well...more

USCIS Issues New Guidance on H-1B Work Visas for Computer Programmers

by Littler on

On March 31, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum that provides new guidance regarding H-1B visas for computer-related positions. This document supersedes and rescinds a...more

USCIS Announces Measures to Detect H-1B Visa Fraud and Abuse

by Cozen O'Connor on

On April 3, 2017, The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced multiple measures in an effort to deter and detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse. Starting this month, USCIS will focus on the following when...more

The Future of EB-5 is Being Viewed through a Different Lens

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Developers, investors and other stakeholders are looking for signs as to how the new administration will approach legal immigration, specifically immigration fostered by the EB-5 Regional Center Program. As we reported in...more

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

by Snell & Wilmer on

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

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

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