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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services H-1B Immigration Procedures

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 -

U.S. Government Delays Revisions to H-4 Employment Authorization Regulations

The Trump administration’s plans to end the ability of spouses of H-1B visa holders to be granted work authorization now appear to be on a slower track than originally anticipated. Removing eligibility for work authorization...more

USCIS Tightens the Rules Related to H-1B Visas for Third Party Worksites

by Foley Hoag LLP on

On February 22, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new policy memo making it more restrictive for H-1B employers who have their consultants work at third party work sites to fulfil client...more

USCIS Publishes Policy Memorandum on H-1B Third-Party Worksite Requirements

by Littler on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a memorandum establishing its policy relating to H-1B petitions filed for employees who will be working at one or more third-party worksites. ...more

USCIS Policy Memo Targets H-1B Petitions Involving Off-Site Employment

Through its latest policy memorandum, issued on February 22, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has formalized additional requirements for H-1B petitions involving off-site employment. While USCIS states...more

How Recent Updates In U.S. Immigration Policies May Affect Your Business

U.S. immigration news continues to make headlines. Here are some updates on how your business could be affected by them. H-1B Filing Update- H-1B cap season is well underway. We are planning to submit this year’s H-1B cap...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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Government Has Shut Down. Now What?

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Congress was unable to agree on a spending bill and the US government has shut down as of midnight, January 19th. This leaves many wondering how immigration benefits are impacted. The general rule is that those services that...more

2019 H-1B Visas - Need to Begin Process Now

by Varnum LLP on

Employers may first apply for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B visas for individuals not currently in H-1B status on Monday, April 2, 2018 for a start date of October 1, 2018....more

How the Government Shutdown Impacts Immigration

by Stinson Leonard Street on

As Congress has been unable to pass a federal spending bill, the federal government has temporarily shut down. We are closely monitoring the situation and will provide updates as information becomes available. Our...more

Government Shutdown: The Impact on Immigration Processes

by Morgan Lewis on

Most operations are either fee-based or considered “essential” and are therefore expected to proceed normally. Barring passage of an eleventh-hour spending bill, the current continuing resolution will expire on January 20...more

The 2018 H-1B Petition Filing Season Is Here! To Maximize Your Chance Of Success, Please Contact Your Attorney by February 15.

Starting Monday, April 2, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting H-1B visa petition filings – subject to the annual cap – for the next fiscal year, which begins October 1, 2018. To maximize the...more

The Race is on to File H-1B Work Visas on April 1, 2018

by FordHarrison on

We are releasing this Alert to remind employers of the fast-approaching April 1, 2018, opening date for filing H-1B work visa petitions on behalf of foreign employees who need sponsorship for work authorization in the U.S....more

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