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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

Trump’s Travel Ban Does Not Include Fiances

by Ronald Shapiro on

Hours before the revised travel ban took effect, the Trump administration reversed its decision and is now allowing foreign fiancés to travel to the United States while the ban is in place. Trump’s travel ban on six mainly...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

Clarifying the Rules for Certain L-1 Visa Petitions

by Ronald Shapiro on

The USCIS published an updated rule clarifying the rules for certain intracompany transferee L1 visa petitions. An employer filing an L-1 visa petition for the intracompany transfer of a foreign employee must substantiate...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

Dream On: DACA Extensions Still Possible

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program, introduced by President Obama in 2012 to provide relief from deportation for certain undocumented individuals who had been brought to the U.S. as children, was...more

The 2019 H-1B Cap Has Been Reached

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it had (i) reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B cap for fiscal year 2019...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

H-1B Cap Reached for Fiscal Year 2019

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Today, April 6, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it has received more H-1B cap petitions than the statutory available visas for both the general cap of 65,000 available H-1B visas...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

Trump Tells Salvadorans: Leave the Country or Adjust Your Legal Status

by Ronald Shapiro on

he Trump Administration’s announcement in January that special protections for Salvadoran immigrants will soon end is forcing hundreds of thousands of immigrants to either find alternative ways to obtain legal immigration...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 15 Tests against Which Any Brexit Deal Should Be Measured

A Report published by the UK’s Exiting the European Union select committee sets out a series of tests against which to measure the eventual Brexit deal. The Report sets out 15 tests with which to judge any Brexit deal,...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

Employment Law Commentary, March 2018, Volume 30, Issue 3 - Employers Caught in Crosshairs of Immigration Debate – Understanding...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The increasingly polarized political climate has placed California employers in the middle of the dispute between the federal and California governments over immigration policy. On October 5, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown of...more

Immigration newsletter - Spring 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

Read our Spring 2018 issue of the Immigration newsletter to learn about the following topics: - Visa sanctions on Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone - CBP introduces policies and procedures for searching...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

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