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USCIS Completes H-1B Cap Lottery for FY2019

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

USCIS announced that it has completed the "H-1B Cap Lottery" to select the number of petitions necessary to meet the H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2019. This year, USCIS received 190,098 H-1B petitions during the filing...more

USCIS Completes The Random Selection Process Of Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Filings

On April 12, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had completed the H-1B cap lottery selection process. Of significance to note: USCIS received 190,098 petitions this year, which is...more

USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY2019

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced on April 11 that the agency had randomly selected enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally mandated cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption,...more

And the H-1B Goes To … USCIS Completes the FY2019 Annual H-1B Lottery Selection Process

by Fisher Phillips on

Were you one of the lucky few to “win” one of the 85,000 H-1B visa numbers in this year’s random selection process held by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) lottery? The USCIS held its annual lottery...more

USCIS Completes H-1B Visa Cap Selection Process

by Mintz Levin on

As a follow-up to the April 6, 2018 announcement that the H-1B cap had been reached, on Thursday, April 12, USCIS revealed that it has now completed the random selection of the 85,000 petitions for the quota and that in...more

FY 2019 H-1B Cap: USCIS Completes Random Selection Process

On April 11, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the completion of its “computer-generated” random selection process used to select H-1B petitions for the congressionally-mandated cap filing...more

H-1B Cap Lottery Selection For FY2019 Completed On April 12

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Between April 2-6, USCIS received 190,098 cap-subject H-1B petitions from U.S. employers in need of the talents of professionals from abroad. This was more than enough petitions to meet the H-1B cap for FY 2019. On April...more

USCIS Announces FY 2019 H-1B Cap Reached, Total Down Slightly

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

USCIS received 190,098 H-1B petitions during the first week of April. The cap has been reached every year for the past six years but the total is down from last year’s total of 199,000. The Service conducted its...more

Changes to Australia's Skilled Migration Visa Framework

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 18 March 2018, the new Temporary Skilled Shortage (TSS) visa framework commenced and replaced Australia's 457 (Temporary Short Stay) visa regime. The stated purpose of the TSS visa is to address labour shortages by...more

Labour's First 100 Days for Workplace Law

by K&L Gates LLP on

As the first 100 days of the Prime Minister Jacinta Arden led Labour government comes to a close this week, we take a look at the status of the government's proposed amendments to workplace and immigration policy to...more

FY 2019 H-1B Visa Cap: USCIS Reaches Annual Cap in 5 Days

According to a recent U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announcement, “USCIS has reached the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2019.” The fiscal year (FY) 2019) H-1B cap filing...more

Expect Focus - International - March 2018

by Carlton Fields on

Trends Against BITS and Investor State Dispute Resolution - In my first Expect Focus International article (http://bit.ly/2G9Demu), I suggested that investors doing business outside the United States should do so in...more

Employers Must Plan Ahead to Mitigate H-1B Visa Processing Delays

by Carlton Fields on

The Trump Administration has passed no new immigration legislation or regulation. However, the administration’s stated focus on protecting the American worker, as articulated in its 2017 Buy American and Hire American...more

USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap for FY2019

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory caps for fiscal year 2019, which begins on October 1, 2018....more

E-Verify Has a New Look

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services rolled out an updated website for E-Verify. E-Verify is a web-based system that allows enrolled employers to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United...more

USCIS Reaches Statutory Limit of H-1B Cap Cases for Fiscal Year 2019

by Mintz Levin on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced today that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 petitions for fiscal year (FY) 2019. USCIS also received more than the limit...more

USCIS Announces FY2019 H-1B Cap Reached

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

On April 6, 2018, USCIS announced that the H-1B cap for FY2019 was reached within the five business day filing window running from April 2-6, 2018. This includes both the U.S. advanced degree cap preference limit of 20,000...more

USCIS Reaches FY 2019 H-1B Cap In First Week Of April

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On April 6, 2018, USCIS announced that it reached the 65,000 H-1B visa cap for FY 2019, including the 20,000 U.S. advanced degree exemption known as the “master’s cap.” Every year since 2014, the cap has been reached during...more

The H-1B CAP Has Been Reached

by Clark Hill PLC on

On April 6, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") announced that between April 2, 2018 and April 6, 2018, USCIS received more than enough applications for new H-1B visas for the 2019 government fiscal...more

What To Do After Your Company Has Filed All Of Its H-1B Petitions Now That The April 1st Deadline Has Passed

The frenzy of H-1B preparation and filing has finally ended. H-1B petitions will be reviewed by officers at one of the two United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Service Centers accepting petitions. USCIS...more

Eleventh Hour Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Cap Petitions

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On March 20, 2018, just 13 days before H-1B Cap cases begin arriving; USCIS suspended Premium Processing for H-1B Cap cases. Starting April 2, 2018, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019...more

USCIS Suspends Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions

by Littler on

On March 21, 2018, USCIS announced that it will again temporarily suspend premium processing for all fiscal year (FY) 2019 cap-subject H-1B petitions. ...more

New USCIS Guidance Clarifies Requirements For H-1B Petitions Involving Third-Party Worksites

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Further to President Donald Trump’s Buy American and Hire American executive order, which directs the DHS to protect the interests of U.S. workers and make sure that there is no fraud, abuse, or circumvention of the laws,...more

Important E-Verify Announcement: All Regular Timelines Will Remain In Force, For Now

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Despite its prior announcement, USCIS has just notified the public that the E-Verify enhancements will be postponed. ...more

USCIS Suspends Premium Processing For Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions Beginning April 2, 2018

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: USCIS recently announced that the agency will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 cap beginning on April 2, 2018. ...more

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