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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

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 -

Where Are We Now?

Now that Congress has provided a clean extension until September 30, 2018, there are several issues that need to be addressed and factors that need to be taken into account in connection with the overall EB-5 industry and its...more

US Department of State Releases May 2018 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

Final Action dates for China and India EB-1 categories remain unchanged, while EB-2 China and EB-3 India cutoff dates will advance....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

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

USCIS Completes Random Selection Process for H-1B Cap Cases

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On April 12, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had completed the computer-generated random selection process for fiscal year 2019 H-1B cap cases. At the same time, USCIS disclosed...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

Compliance News Flash

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP is pleased to provide you with the Compliance News Flash, brought to you each Friday. This weekly update is your source for timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important...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

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 Pilot Program to Favor Advance Planning Over Border Adjudications for Canadian L-1s

According to a recent announcement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be implementing a new pilot program, beginning April 30, 2018, purportedly “ to facilitate the adjudication and admission process of...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

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 Announces Plan to Destroy Certain Undeliverable Immigration Documents After 60 Days

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that beginning April 2, 2018, permanent resident cards, employment authorization document cards (EADs), and travel documents (Advance Paroles) that are...more

USCIS Launches New E-Verify Website

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Yesterday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the launch of a new and expanded E-Verify website, E-Verify.gov. The website, which is in both the English and Spanish languages, includes sections for...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

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

Window On Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 14

by Clark Hill PLC on

Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital Congress Returns Today. Congress comes back to Washington today after a two-week recess period for the Easter and Passover holidays and is scheduled to have a busy week....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

Are You Ready for USCIS H-1B Site Visits or Department of Labor Audits?

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Now that the FY 2019 H-1B cap has been reached, make sure you have a strong immigration compliance programs in place, particularly when it comes to Department of Homeland Security’s H-1B Site Visit program and Department of...more

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