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USCIS to Suspend H-1b Premium Processing for 6 Months Starting April 3

USCIS announced March 3 that it will suspend 15 day premium processing of all H-1b petitions for up to six months starting April 3, 2017. The late Friday afternoon announcement applies not only to FY2018 petitions for “new” H-1b employee… Read More
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FY2018 H-1b Season Cometh

FY2018 H-1b Filing Window Opens April 3 USCIS will accept employer petitions for the FY2018 H-1b visa allotment from April 3 to April 7, 2017, for an October 1, 2017, employee start date. In recent years USCIS has received sufficient numbers of petit… Read More
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Categories: H-1b, Skilled Workers

Unconfirmed draft of the State Department Employee Dissent Channel Memo

Here’s a copy of a “Dissent Channel” memo opposing the Trump Administration’s January 27 visa and refugee entry ban Executive Order. The memo has been circulating within the State Department and is apparently supported by seve… Read More
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"Extreme Vetting” Executive Order as it Relates to Employee Travel

Travel Ban   The January 27 Executive Order (EO) “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” remains in effect, and will continue to impact the ability of nonimmigrant nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Su… Read More
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Categories: Executive Orders, Visas

Leaked Executive Order Proposes Gutting Employment Based Visa Regulations

A leaked draft Executive Order (EO) dated January 23, 2017 and titled “Protecting American Jobs and Workers by Strengthening the Integrity of Foreign Worker Visa Programs” appears aimed at gutting many employment based non-immigrant visa… Read More
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Categories: Uncategorized

Draft Executive Order Ending Some Visa Interview Waivers Would Be Bad News for U.S. Employers of Foreign Skilled Workers

A leaked draft presidential Executive Order (EO) entitled “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals” would implement the “extreme vetting” President Trump has urged, and would potentially create subst… Read More
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Categories: President Trump, Visas

Trump Nominates Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor

Trump will nominate Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor. He’s currently CEO of CKE Restaurants, which owns Hardee’s and other fast food restaurant chains. In a June 2015 Wall Street Journal op-ed he gave his views on employment-based immi… Read More
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Retired Marine General John J. Kelly Nominated as Secretary of Homeland Security

President Elect Donald Trump has nominated retired Marine General John F. Kelly as Secretary of Homeland Security. If confirmed by the Senate, he would be responsible for formulating and implementing the incoming Administration’s immigration po… Read More
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Categories: Uncategorized

Trump To Order Investigation of Visa Programs "that undercut the American worker"

President-Elect Trump announced in a November 21 video (at 1:58) his intent to issue an Executive Order directing the Secretary of Labor to “investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker.” Trump offered no el… Read More
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Categories: Employer Compliance

New Rules Affecting High Skill Visa Categories

USCIS just issued final rules with many fixes in the skilled worker visa categories. Big stuff. The rules will take effect on January 17, 2017, before the Trump Adminiistration comes into office. Here is a copy of the text of the USCIS Final Order, i… Read More
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