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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…

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…
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…

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…
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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…

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…
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…

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…

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…
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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…