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US Department of State Releases December 2017 Visa Bulletin

EB-1 remains current; “Dates for Filing” chart remains stagnant. The US Department of State has released its December 2017 Visa Bulletin, setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...more

US Department of State Releases November 2017 Visa Bulletin

EB-1 remains current, minimal advancement in other categories. The US Department of State has released its November 2017 Visa Bulletin, setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...more

President Trump Orders Enhanced Visa and Travel Restrictions

The proclamation limits visa issuance and entry into the United States by nationals of eight countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen....more

USCIS Allows Premium Processing of Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions

Premium processing resumed on September 18, 2017. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on September 18, 2017 that it will once again allow premium processing of all H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal...more

9/19/2017  /  H-1B , USCIS , Visa Caps , Visas

Department of State Releases October 2017 Visa Bulletin

EB-1 China and India once again become “current” as does EB-2 Worldwide. The US Department of State has released its October 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...more

USCIS to Begin Interviewing Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applicants

Phase-in period to begin on October 1, 2017. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on August 28 that, starting on October 1 of this year, it will expand the in-person interview program for persons...more

Department of State Releases September 2017 Visa Bulletin

EB-2 Worldwide moves forward; EB-3 Worldwide remains “current.” The US Department of State has released its September 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa availability...more

US Supreme Court Denies Motion to Clarify Scope of Prior ‘Travel Ban’ Decision

The Court’s decision leaves in place the relevant parts of a July 13 decision by a federal district judge in Hawaii finding the administration’s interpretation of “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United...more

Department of State Releases August 2017 Visa Bulletin

EB-2 Worldwide to retrogress; EB-3 Worldwide is “current.” The US Department of State has released its August 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa availability and the...more

US Supreme Court Grants Partial Stay, Permits Limited 90-Day Travel Ban

The travel ban will go into force regarding “foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”...more

State Department Makes Predictions about EB Cut-Off Date Movement

Notably, the State Department stated with certainty that the EB-2 Rest of the World category likely will retrogress in the coming months....more

Department of State Releases June 2017 Visa Bulletin

Significant retrogression for EB-1 India and China. The US Department of State has released its June 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa availability and the flow...more

Data Entry of FY 2018 H-1B Petitions Complete

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

USCIS Completes Count of H-1B Cap–Subject Petitions, Begins Issuing Receipts

199,000 H-1B petitions were received during the filing period. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7 that it had reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 visa H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018...more

USCIS Appeals Panel Rules on L-1B Employment

The guidance creates a new wage obligation for L-1B employees on overseas payroll. On April 14, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a memorandum establishing a...more

Department of State Releases May 2017 Visa Bulletin

Expect some retrogression in EB-1 and EB-2 cutoff dates in the coming months. The US Department of State has released its May 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...more

USCIS Confirms 2018 H-1B Cap Has Been Reached

The agency will hold lotteries to select randomly which applications will make it to processing. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced this morning that the 2018 cap for H-1B petitions has been reached....more

USCIS Issues Guidance on H-1B Petition Adjudication, Announces ‘Targeted’ Site Visits

USCIS issued a policy memorandum to increase scrutiny of H-1B petitions for computer-related positions and an announcement regarding increased H-1B employer site visits—what will these changes mean for foreign worker visa...more

Department of State Releases April 2017 Visa Bulletin

No change in Dates for Filing chart again, but small advances in Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State has released its April 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate...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

President Trump Issues Executive Order with Revised Travel and Refugee Restrictions

Employers should plan to immediately cancel for at least 90 days all international travel by employees or individuals doing business with your company who will be subject to the travel ban, and prepare for potential...more

Department of State Releases March 2017 Visa Bulletin

No change in Dates for Filing chart again; China EB-3 advances 6.5 months in Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its March 2017 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country...more

USCIS Announces I-485 Supplement J to Confirm Bona Fide Job Offers

Supplement J (Confirmation of Bona Fide Job Offer or Request for Job Portability) is intended to enable USCIS to confirm that jobs offered to adjustment of status applicants in underlying I-140 petitions are bona fide job...more

Department of State Releases February 2017 Visa Bulletin

No change in Dates for Filing chart again; scant advancement in Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its January 2017 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority date...more

H-1B Filing Season Is Here - December 2016

Now is the time for employers to assess their FY2018 H-1B needs and start preparing their petitions for submission on April 3....more

12/16/2016  /  H-1B , Lottery , USCIS , Visa Caps , Visas
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