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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a federal agency under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. The USCIS... more +
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a federal agency under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. The USCIS performs a broad variety of administrative functions, including processing visa and naturalization petitions, as well as applications for asylum and refugee status.  less -

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

USCIS Deletes “Nation Of Immigrants” Language From Mission Statement

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Recently, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) changed the language in the agency’s Mission Statement. Previous language recognized that the United States is a “nation of immigrants”. USCIS Director...more

What’s Next for the EB-5 Program?

by Polsinelli on

Congress recently passed and President Trump signed a comprehensive two-year defense spending budget agreement for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 to prevent an extended federal government shutdown. The legislation also contained...more

USCIS Now Accepting Credit Card Payments For Some Filings

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will accept credit card payments at no additional cost for the USCIS filing fees associated with filing most of its forms. The credit card payment option is...more

USCIS Memorandum On Qualifying ‘Economist’ Under NAFTA TN Classification Raises Questions

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

NAFTA’s TN nonimmigrant classification permits qualified Canadian and Mexican citizens to seek temporary entry into the U.S. to engage in business activities at a professional level. One TN-qualifying profession is that of an...more

Employer Alert – The Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Visa Season is Almost Here

Employers who hire foreign workers may already be familiar with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. USCIS is also responsible for...more

USCIS Announces a Valentine’s Day Credit Card Payment Option

by Dickinson Wright on

On February 14, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will accept credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover) payments for forty-one fee based forms. Notably, the I-129...more

US Department of State Releases March 2018 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

Cutoff dates for all employment-based categories show minimal advancement. The US Department of State has released its March 2018 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...more

H-1B Visa Filing Deadline: April 1, 2018

by Holland & Knight LLP on

New H-1B visa petitions for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, which begins Oct. 1, 2018, will be accepted for filing starting on April 1, 2018, which means employers should have their H-1B visa petitions ready to be sent to U.S....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

Immigration Law Outlook for 2018

Immigration continues to be a centerpiece of the Trump administration, and this means that the legal landscape may be subject to legislative, regulatory, policy, and agency operational changes, leading to additional barriers...more

New (Cap) H-1B Filings - April 2-6 Deadline

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

H-1B season is underway! U.S. employers can file for new H-1B visas on behalf of prospective or existing employees beginning April 2, 2018. The anticipated window for filing new H-1B petitions under the USCIS H-1B quota for...more

President Trump’s Four Pillars for Immigration Reform

In his first State of the Union address on Tuesday January 30, 2018, President Donald Trump highlighted his plan for immigration reform, which consists of four pillars: (1) creating a path to citizenship for DREAMers, (2)...more

It’s Time to Start Preparing for H-1B Cap Season

by Williams Mullen on

The H-1B visa program allows companies in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in “specialty occupations.” Essentially, a specialty occupation is a professional position that requires an individual to...more

You Win the FY 2019 H-1B Lottery: Are Your Worries Behind You?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The answer to this question is “not necessarily.” After the FY 2018 H-lB lottery, many participating U.S. employers and beneficiaries breathed a sigh of relief and gave a hearty cheer when their checks for the H-1B filing...more

What U.S. Employers Need to Know About the FY 2019 H-1B Visa Cap Season

by Foley Hoag LLP on

It’s the time of year when U.S. employers are preparing for the upcoming H-1B cap petition filing season. While it appeared that USCIS was considering revising the H-1B lottery process for this fiscal year by adding a new...more

Cap-Subject H-1B Visa Petitions to be filed on April 2, 2018

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The annual H-1B cap season will be opening April 2, 2018. As usual, the application window period is 5 business days. 65,000 H-1B visas are allotted every year....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

USCIS Confirms No Procedural Changes for H-1B FY2019 Cap Season

by Cozen O'Connor on

Monday, April 2, 2018, is just around the corner and begins the FY2019 H-1B cap filing season. Employers are urged to begin now to prepare for filing H-1B petitions subject to the cap. As reported earlier this week, due to...more

H-1B Visa Procedures to Remain the Same for Fiscal Year 2019: First Date to File is April 2, 2018

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) Service Center Operations Directorate has confirmed that they are not anticipating any procedural changes for the fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) H-1B cap season. USCIS intends...more

H-1B Filing Window for FY 2019 Will Open on April 2

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin to accept H-1B petitions subject to the annual quota for fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) on April 2, 2018. As the filing window approaches, employers may want to...more

Religious Institutions Update: January 2018 - Lex Est Sanctio Sancta

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Timely Topics - By Shannon B. Hartsfield - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Jan. 18, 2018, the creation of a new division within its Office for Civil Rights (OCR). OCR is described...more

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

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