February 2018 Newsletter

Read our February 2018 newsletter, with articles about the upcoming H-1b visa season; the Trump DACA proposal; a new Senate bill seeking to expand the H-1b visa program and improve skilled worker immigration options; the Trump Administration’s… Read More
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Categories: Newsletter

Trump Administration Third Travel Ban Takes Effect

The White House issued an indefinite Travel Ban through a Presidential Proclamation on September 24, 2017, with respect to 8 countries. The Supreme Court allowed the government to fully enforce the entry restrictions on December 4, 2017, and will rev… Read More
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FY2019 H-1b Visa Petition Filing Window: April 2-6, 2018

As the FY2019 H-1B Cap season approaches (April 2-6, 2018), USCIS headquarters has indicated that it intends to follow existing lottery procedures, the same used for the FY2018 H-1B season. Additionally, USCIS has indicated that it does not anticipat… Read More
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Categories: H-1b, Newsletter

White House Proposes Substantial Cuts to Legal Immigration in Exchange for Dreamer Protection

The White House released its Immigration Framework on January 25, 2018, which President Trump echoed in his State of the Union Address. In addition to increased funds for border security and “the wall,” the White House seeks legalization for DACA… Read More
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Senators Hatch and Flake Introduce Immigration and Innovation Act Improving H-1b and Skilled Worker Immigration Programs

Senators Orrin Hatch and Jeff Flake introduced the Immigration and Innovation Act on January 25, 2018 in the Senate, which proposes significant changes to the H-1b program and employment-based immigration system. The bill incorporates many common sen… Read More
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Temporary Protected Status Terminated for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan

The Trump Administration has announced that it will terminate long-standing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for citizens of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Sudan, but that it will extend TPS for Syria. Although the Administration is… Read More
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Trump Rescinds DACA Effective March 5, 2018

The Trump Administration today announced its recision of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals  (DACA) program, to take final effect on March 5, 2018. The action responds to threatened litigation by Texas and 8 other states challenging the pro… Read More
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Categories: Uncategorized

USCIS to Require Interviews for All Employment Based Green Card Applications

USCIS has announced that, commencing October 1, 2017, it will require an in-person interview in connection with all employment-based adjustment of status applications, a break from long term practice. USCIS policy has been to waive the interview requ… Read More
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August 28, 2017 Immigration News Update

Here’s our latest newsletter, with items on USCIS’ intention to commence interviews for employment based green card applicants; FY2018 H-1b visa processing trends; suspension of US consulates’ processing of nonimmigrant visas in Rus… Read More
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USCIS Resumes Limited H-1b Premium Processing

Limited H-1b Premium Processing Resumes for Some Cap Exempt Employees USCIS today announced that it will immediately begin accepting Premium Processing requests on behalf of H-1b workers employed at universities, nonprofits affiliated with universit… Read More
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Categories: H-1b