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USCIS Partially Resumes H-1b Premium Processing

USCIS has announced that, effective February 19, 2019, it is partially resuming 15 day premium processing of all categories of H-1b petitions, but only for those filed prior to December 22, 2018. USCIS had suspended most 15 day premium processing i… Read More
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Categories: H-1b, Premium Processing

USCIS Adopts New H-1b Lottery Regulations

USCIS has issued its final rule adopting a pre-registration requirement for the annual H-1b lottery, as well as a new lottery selection procedure so as to maximize the number of Master’s Degree petitions ultimately approved. Because of technical c… Read More
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Categories: H-1b, Skilled Workers

October 2018 Newsletter

Here’s our October 2018 newsletter, discussing USCIS’ new policy commencing removal proceedings after certain types of immigration benefit denials; the Automatic OPT extension cutoff on October 1; AN update on DHS’ anticipated regul… Read More
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USCIS Extends and Expands Suspension of H-1b Premium Processing; Raises Premium Fee for All Petition Types

USCIS has announced that effective September 11, 2018, it will suspend for five months the 15 day Premium Processing option for most H-1b petitions. USCIS will continue to accept premium processing requests from cap-exempt H-1b employers (such as uni… Read More
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Categories: H-1b, Premium Processing

DHS Seeks to Rescind Employment Authorization for H-4 Spouses of H-1b Workers

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stated in a May 2018 court filing that it plans to imminently publish a proposal to rescind its regulation permitting employment authorization for spouses of H-1B workers with approved permanent resident peti… Read More
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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

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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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

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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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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