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H-1B Cap and Lottery Update

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

USCIS has announced that it has completed all data entry of FY2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the computer-generated "lottery" process. The data entry process includes the receipt of petitions selected in the...more

H-1B Cap Update – USCIS Announced Data Entry Complete for FY2019 H-1B Cap Cases on May 15, 2018

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Approximately six weeks after USCIS started accepting H-1B Cap petitions for FY2019, USCIS announced on May 15, 2018 that all data entry had been completed. H-1B Cap receipts have been trickling in throughout May and it is...more

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

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

USCIS Completed The H-1B Cap Lottery Selection For FY 2019

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Today, USCIS announced it has completed the H-1B cap FY 2019 random selection process on April 11. This year, USCIS received a total of 190,098 H-1B cap petitions during the H-1B cap FY 2019 filing period, which started on...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 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

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

USCIS to Suspend Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Filings

On March 20, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) did an about-face and announced that beginning on April 2 it will suspend Premium Processing of all fiscal year (FY) 2019 H-1B cap filings. This comes after prior...more

Employers Relying On H-4 Dependent Spouse Visas Better Move Fast as April 1 Lottery Looms

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Proposed changes to the rule authorizing employment for H-4 status holders could spell an increase in H-1B petitions this upcoming fiscal year, and ultimately, increased sponsorship costs for employers. ...more

Author Wagers Prize Linked Savings Accounts Are Not Lotteries

by Allen Matkins on

Recently, I wrote about Senator Josh Newman attempt to legalize prize linked savings accounts in California. Senator Newman's bill, SB 1055, would allow a bank or credit union to offer prizes if, among other things...more

Insight on Immigration Updates

by Clark Hill PLC on

H-1B Filing Season to Begin April 2, 2018 - Lottery is Anticipated - Employers are reminded to identify new candidates who will require new H-1B sponsorship as soon as possible to ensure that these applications are accepted...more

Time to Prepare H-1B Petitions

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

To seek H-1B “professional” work authorization for foreign recruits during 2018 employers should start now to get their preliminary Labor Condition Applications filed with the U.S. Department of Labor. Preparations must then...more

Is A Prize-Linked Savings Account A Lottery?

by Allen Matkins on

In 2014, the United States Congress enacted the American Savings Promotion Act, P.L. 113–251 (DEC. 18, 2014) permitting financial institutions to offer savings accounts, with the added feature of offering chances to win...more

H-1B Cap: Critical Filing Dates for FY 2019

by Littler on

Employers seeking to sponsor H-1B workers for Fiscal Year 2019 can begin filing petitions on April 2, 2018 (April 1 is a Sunday), for a start date of October 1, 2018. ...more

H-1B Visas: File Now or Forever Hold Your Peace?

by Barley Snyder on

Every year around this time employers subject to the H-1B visa cap start considering whether to file petitions for highly skilled workers from foreign countries. This year employers should think twice before putting that...more

State Of The Union Address – Immigration Point Summary

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Last evening, President Trump delivered his State of the Union Address, which touched on many aspects of immigration. The President’s plan consists of four pillars, summarized below: 1.) Path to Citizenship for 1.8...more

H-1B Applicants, Start Your Engines

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

If you are planning to file H-1B applications for your employees this year, now is the time to start the process. While the filing deadline is April 2, 2018, it’s not too early to begin the application, which involves several...more

Trump Administration Releases Framework For Immigration Deal

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Trump Administration has released a new framework containing components of proposed immigration reform. Not surprisingly, border security is at the top of the list and includes the following components:-...more

Employers Should Begin Preparation for Opening of FY 2019 H-1B Cap

by Cozen O'Connor on

The beginning of the calendar year is the perfect time for employers to begin planning for the FY2019 H-1B cap filing season, which will begin on Monday, April 2, 2018....more

Five Immigration To-Do’s for Employers in 2018

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The White House and Department of Homeland Security have announced plans to change the legal immigration system in ways that could significantly impact employers with foreign workers who are managers, executives,...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

Time to Plan for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Season

by Miller Canfield on

H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year 2019 cap (FY 2019) must be received by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during the first five days of April 2018. As April 1 falls on a Sunday in 2018, employers...more

Seismic Business Immigration Policy Shift in the Works for 2018

by Foley Hoag LLP on

New changes to H-1B Lottery; H-4 EADs on the chopping block; AC 21 H-1B extensions in trouble; and how to plan for it all - Changes to the H-1B Program and the H-1B Visa Lottery - The Department of Homeland Security...more

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