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Several Small IT Staffing Firms Challenge USCIS H-1b Visa Third-Party Worksite Policy Memorandum

Several IT staffing companies have sued DHS in New Jersey federal court, seeking to block implementation of a February 2018 USCIS H-1b policy memorandum requiring substantially more documentation of need where an employer’s seeks to assign H-1b wor… Read More
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Categories: H-1b

Waivers under Travel Ban Rare

The travel ban affecting citizens of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen has been in full effect since December 2017, but waivers of the ban necessitated by, e.g.,  undue hardship or the absence of national security concer… Read More
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Categories: Travel Ban, Visas

H-1B Cap Random Selection Process Complete for FY 2019

On April 11, 2018, USCIS completed its random selection process of H-1b cap petitions for FY 2019. USCIS received a total of 190,098 petitions, of which 94, 213 were filed for the 65,000 available regular cap visas, and 95,885 petitions were filed fo… Read More
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USCIS and DOJ announce MOU to Target Employers’ Unlawful Discrimination Against U.S. Workers

The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and USCIS have signed an agreement “that expands their collaboration to better detect and eliminate fraud, abuse, and discrimination by employers bringing foreign visa workers to the United States… Read More
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New USCIS Policy Would Hit Foreign Students and Exchange Visitors Falling Out of Status

USCIS issued a policy memorandum on May 10, 2018, proposing to dramatically change its long-standing interpretation of when certain foreign students and exchange visitors are considered to have overstayed their U.S. admission. The effect, if finalize… Read More
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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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