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 progra… 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 universiti… Read More
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Categories: H-1b

New I-9 Form

USCIS issued a new I-9 employment verification form today. Employers may continue to use the current version through September 17, 2017, but must use the new one only starting September 18. Forms and instructions are here. Read More
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USCIS Delays Implementation of International Entrepreneur Reg, Will Rescind Instead

Homeland Security today published a Federal Register notice delaying for 8 months implementation of an Obama Administration regulation seeking to encourage foreign entrepreneurs to come to the U.S. The regulation required entrepreneurs to demonstrate… Read More
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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 employees… 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