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Strong Demand Expected for FY2019 H-1B Filings: Employers Should Plan Now

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

U.S. employers who sponsor foreign workers for temporary H-1B work visas should start preparing now for the upcoming H-1B cap filing season commencing this year on Monday, April 2, 2018. Employers should start identifying...more

2018 Brings New Changes to Various Business Immigration Programs

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Since taking office, President Donald Trump has issued a series of immigration-related executive orders and proclamations that have become the general framework for the future management of U.S. immigration policy and...more

It’s Time to Prepare H-1B Visa Petitions for Fiscal Year 2019

Historically, H-1B visas have been the U.S. employment visa of choice due to their flexibility for professionals to work in “specialty occupations.” Lately, however, for those employers and prospective employees who are...more

Time to Think About the H-1B Cap Season and Your Employment Needs

On April 2, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions for professional positions. We note that these petitions will have a start date of Oct. 1, 2018....more

Time To Prepare For The 2018 H-1B Lottery

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

For immigration attorneys and employers of foreign nationals alike, the frenzy of the spring H-1B Cap season is right around the corner. Now is the time to start preparations for the April filing deadline....more

H-1B Cap: Start Planning Today for "Buy American, Hire American"

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Although we are still officially in the year 2017, it is a good time for employers to start preparing for the H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY2019). H-1B cases must be filed between April 2, 2018 and April 7, 2018 to be...more

DHS Releases Regulatory Agenda for 2018 - Major Changes Possible for H-1B, H-4, and F-1 Visa Holders

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its regulatory plan for 2018, which aligns with President Trump’s Executive Order, Buy American Hire American. ...more

H-1B Filing Season 2018 Is Around The Corner And Sooner Than You Think!

by Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP on

On April 1, 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting cap subject H-1B petitions for professional workers starting employment on October 1, 2018. In past years, the high demand for...more

'Tis the prepare for H-1B filing

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On April 1, 2018, USCIS will begin accepting cap subject H-1B professional worker petitions for a start date of October 1, 2018. Due to the high demand for H-1B visas, we encourage employers to take time now to identify any...more

The New “90-Day Rule” Could Impact Holiday Travel by F-1 OPT Employees

by Epstein Becker & Green on

The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) recently updated its Foreign Affairs Manual (“FAM”) guidance regarding what the agency perceives as “willful misrepresentations.” The guidance revises what was previously known as the...more

Warning on F-1 Visas During OPT

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

The Department of State recently updated the Foreign Affairs Manual regarding issuance of F-1 visas. The change puts more emphasis on the applicant’s intent to return to the home country after study in the U.S....more

Don't Forget the H-1B October 1, 2017 Start Date

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The October 1st start date for H-1B cap-subject petitions is rapidly approaching. Foreign nationals who were selected in this year's H-1B lottery and their petitioning companies should remember several key points about the...more

Premium Processing Resumes for Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap Petitions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On September 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that effective immediately it would resume premium processing for H-1B petitions filed subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018...more

State Department Updates Policy Guidance Regarding F-1 Student Visa Applications

by Dickinson Wright on

On August 8, 2017, the Department of State (DOS) updated its Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) to modify instructions to consular officers considering F-1 student visas. The modified instructions address how a consular officer...more

U.S. Mission in Russia to Temporarily Suspend NIV Issuance

In a continuation of the diplomatic tit-for-tat with Russia, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow announced on Monday, August 21, 2017, that it would suspend issuance of nonimmigrant visas for eight days starting August 23rd....more

State Department Suspends U.S. Non-Immigrant Visa Processing in Russia

In response to the Russian decision to cap the number of employees at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Russia, the State Department has temporarily halted the processing of non-immigrant visa applications in Russia...more

President Trump Endorses RAISE Act, Which Would Reduce Levels Of Legal Immigration And Dramatically Change Existing Immigration...

President Trump has recently expressed his enthusiastic endorsement of restrictive immigration legislation sponsored by Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.). The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong...more

Special Immigration Alert - June 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Supreme Court Agrees to Review President Trump’s Travel Ban and Narrows the Scope of Lower Court Injunctions - On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States announced that it had agreed to hear President Trump’s...more

June 2017 Special Immigration Alert

by Epstein Becker & Green on

President Trump Notifies Congress of Intent to Renegotiate NAFTA - On May 18, 2017, President Trump officially notified Congress of the administration’s intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement...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

Special Instructions for B Visitors Who Want to Enroll in School

by Cozen O'Connor on

On April 11, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted FAQs for B-1/B-2 visitors who want to enroll in school. The USCIS emphasized that it is not permissible to enroll in school if individuals are in...more

Blog: More Fallout from ACICS Loss of Recognition – SEVP Removes Grace Period

by Cooley LLP on

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has announced that its Student and Exchange Visitor Program will no longer allow ACICS schools 18 months to find new accreditors. Reversing its earlier position, the Student and...more

Immigration Group News: USCIS to Suspend Premium Processing for H-1B Cap Cases

by Murtha Cullina on

Last week, USCIS announced that beginning on April 3rd, 2017, they will no longer be accepting H-1B petitions filed under the premium processing service. This service allowed for petitioners to pay an extra fee in order to...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

USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing of H-1B Petitions

by FordHarrison on

USCIS has announced that it will temporarily suspend Premium Processing for all H-1B petitions, beginning April 3, 2017. The suspension will apply to all H-1B petitions, including new H-1B cases filed under the FY18 H-1B cap,...more

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