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Business Immigration Update: October H-1B Reminders, Information on Employment-Based I-485 Interviews and Trump Administration...

October brings seasonal reminders for employees who are starting employment pursuant to H-1B status as well as some current changes to employment-based permanent resident applicants. In addition, the White House has issued...more

H-1B Premium Processing Returns on October 3 for All H-1B Cases

On October 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the suspension of premium processing which started on April 3, 2017, for all H-1B petitions will now resume for all H-1B cases. In this...more

Breaking Immigration News: Travel Ban 3.0 Released, New Countries Targeted

On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued Travel Ban 3.0 restricting travel to the United States from eight countries, including five that were subject to the previous travel ban. This new travel ban was issued as the...more

H-1B Premium Processing Returns for FY2018 H-1B Cap Cases

On September 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that premium processing will resume for a limited type of H-1B petition. USCIS will resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions subject...more

End of Summer Immigration Roundup – DACA, Employment-Based Interviews, H-1B RFEs and More

Over the summer of 2017, several significant immigration changes have taken place, including the announcement on September 5 rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), new requirements for in-person interviews...more

Airports, Borders and Consulates: Longer Delays, More Scrutiny, Extreme Vetting and Travel Ban 2.0 Updates

Summer travel is in full swing as we approach the Fourth of July holiday weekend. This year foreign nationals need to be prepared for stricter scrutiny, longer wait times at consulates, and delays at airports and borders....more

Supreme Court Partially Stays Injunctions Against Enforcement of Executive Orders in Trump v. International Refugee Assistance...

On June 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the United States’ petitions for certiorari partially stayed lower courts’ injunctions in cases consolidated under the name Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project...more

H-1B Premium Processing to Return on June 26 for Physicians Under the Conrad 30 Waiver Program

On Friday, June 23, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that premium processing for H-1B petitions — which the agency suspended for all such petitions beginning April 3, 2017 — will be brought...more

6/27/2017  /  Conrad 30 Waiver , H-1B , Physicians , USCIS , Waivers

H-1B in Transition: H-1B Lottery Conducted, 'Buy American and Hire American' EO and Other H-1B Measures to Deter Fraud

The H-1B work visa is in a state of transition. Companies and workers who rely on H-1B visas should be aware of several important changes this spring on the H-1B category, including an update on the H-1B lottery conducted by...more

Travel Ban 2.0: What Businesses Need to Know About the New Executive Order

On March 6, 2017, the White House issued a new version of the Presidential Executive Order on Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States (Travel Ban 2.0) and revoked the January 27, 2017...more

USCIS Suspends Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions Starting April 3

On March 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the suspension of premium processing for all H-1B petitions. This suspension starts April 3, 2017, and affects all types of H-1B cases. As outlined...more

3/7/2017  /  H-1B , USCIS , Visas

H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions: With Potential Changes Looming, U.S. Employers Must Prepare Now for April 1 Filings

April 1, 2017 is the first day U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept H-1B cap-subject petitions for the FY 2018 allotment of visas for foreign national professionals in specialty occupations....more

2/22/2017  /  F-1 Visa , H-1B , USCIS , Visa Caps , Visas

Travel Ban Executive Order Update: What Businesses Need to Know

Changes coming from the White House, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the State Department (DOS) on travel and related issues are challenging companies...more

High-Skilled Foreign Workers: Summary of Rule Changes Effective January 17, 2017

Starting January 17, 2017, the long-awaited regulations for high-skilled workers incorporating provisions of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act of 2000 (AC21) and the American Competitiveness and...more

2016 Business Immigration Updates – Getting Through the Long Days of Summer

August ushers in a host of immigration-related news and updates, ranging from fine increases to wait times for visa appointments. Stay up-to-date with some quick notes on these issues. DOJ Fines Increase as of August 1,...more

8/5/2016  /  DHS , DOJ , EB-1 , I-9 , Inflation Adjustments , OPT , STEM , USCIS

New 24-Month F-1 STEM OPT Extension Rule Now Effective; Employers Required to Implement Training Plan for Eligible F-1 STEM OPT...

The long-awaited final rule on the F-1 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education) Optional Practical Training (OPT) Extension, authorizing a new 24-month STEM extension for qualified foreign students, took...more

5/17/2016  /  DHS , E-Verify , Form F-1 , OPT , STEM , USCIS

USCIS Receives 236,000 Cap Subject H-1B Petitions; Lottery Conducted on April 2016

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 12, 2016, that more than 236,000 cap subject H-1B petitions were received between April 1 and April 7 — about 3,000 more petitions for FY 2017 were filed...more

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

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced April 7, 2016, that between April 1, 2016, and April 7, 2016, it received more than 65,000 cap-subject H-1B petitions and more than 20,000 H-1B petitions for...more

4/11/2016  /  H-1B , Lottery , USCIS , Visa Caps , Visas

USCIS Predicts Random Lottery for H-1B Cap and Announces Premium Processing to Start on May 16

April 1, 2016, is the first day U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept H-1B cap-subject petitions for next year's allotment of visas for foreign national professionals in specialty occupations....more

3/17/2016  /  Foreign Workers , H-1B , USCIS , Visa Caps

DHS Tests Known Employer Program for Certain Immigration Petitions

On March 3, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched a pilot program intended to streamline the employment-based immigration process in certain visa categories. The program will modify the process U.S....more

Breaking Immigration News: F-1 OPT STEM Decision Extended Until May 10, 2016; Gives DHS Additional Time to Implement Final Rule

On January 23, 2016, Judge Huvelle of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted a motion to extend the current stay of her prior order which will allow the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to utilize...more

High-Skilled Foreign Workers: New Rules From USCIS on H-1B Work Visas, AC21, I-140 Petitions and EADs

The long-awaited proposed rule — “Retention of EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers” (aka I-140/AC21/EAD Proposed Rule) — was published in the Federal...more

H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions Will Be Accepted by USCIS Beginning April 1; Employers Urged to Start Process Now as Lottery Is...

April 1 is the first day U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept H-1B cap-subject petitions for the 2016 allotment of visas for foreign national professionals in specialty occupations. Cap-subject H-1B...more

1/6/2016  /  DOL , Filing Deadlines , H-1B , Popular , USCIS , Visa Caps

F-1 Optional Practical Training Proposed Rule Released; Work Authorization Expanded for STEM Students

The long-awaited proposed rule on F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) was published in the Federal Register on October 19, 2015, by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The proposed rule is titled “Improving and...more

Visa Bulletin: More Changes Impacting the I-485 Process

As previously reported in our legal update from September 10, 2015, the Department of State (DOS) made a major change to the Visa Bulletin in early September. Then, on September 25, 2015, that Visa Bulletin was rescinded and...more

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