The H1-B Cap Has Been Met – What Happens Next?

Last week, the USCIS confirmed that they had received enough applications to meet the 85,000 H-1B cap for the fiscal year. The USCIS has not announced how many applications have been received, but it is likely to be well above the 85,000 visa allocation. This announcement was widely expected, and means that USCIS will take all H-1B applications submitted between [...]

By |2018-04-09T16:05:44-07:00April 9, 2018|

USCIS Reverses Long-Standing Policy for Adjustment of Status Applicants

In a change of long-standing policy, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has elected to stop granting advance parole to adjustment of status applicants who travel internationally while their application is pending. This means that individuals with an H-1B or L-1 visa who travel while the advance parole application is pending, or individuals seeking to renew their advance parole documents, [...]

By |2017-08-29T14:59:44-07:00August 30, 2017|

“Extreme Vetting” Comes to Employment-Based Immigration

In a busy weekend for immigration news, the Trump administration took another step toward restricting employment-based immigration. On the heels of Friday’s news concerning the pardon of the infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the questionable future of DACA and of certain categories of J-1 exchange visitors, the administration significantly expanded its “extreme vetting” into employment-based immigration. According to an internal [...]

By |2017-08-28T16:25:48-07:00August 29, 2017|

H-1B Cap Random Selection Completed for FY 2018

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced this week that the agency has completed its selection process for the H-1B petitions it received for Fiscal Year 2018. The lottery, a computer-generated random selection process, was completed on April 11 after the agency received approximately 199,000 H-1B petitions during its filing period, which began on April 3. The agency received well [...]

By |2017-06-19T14:05:40-07:00April 20, 2017|

USCIS to Suspend Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced recently that it is temporarily suspending premium processing for all H-1B petitions starting on April 3. This means that petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker that requests H-1B status. Per USCIS, the suspension could last up [...]

By |2017-03-10T09:52:38-07:00March 10, 2017|

AAO Establishes New Standard for National Interest Waivers

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services ended 2016 with a significant change to the legal standard for National Interest Waiver (NIW) petitions. On Dec. 27, 2016, the Administrative Appeals Office released Matter of Dhanasar, which created a new framework for evaluating NIW petitions. The NIW provides an immigrant visa to “qualified immigrants who are members of the professions holding advanced [...]

By |2017-01-19T13:30:28-07:00January 19, 2017|

DHS Publishes Final Rule Easing Regulations for Highly-Skilled Foreign Workers

The Department of Homeland Security issued a final rule amending its regulations related to highly skilled immigrant and nonimmigrant workers. The changes, which are aimed at improving the process for U.S. employers and providing greater stability for foreign workers, went into effect on Jan. 17, 2017.  Much of this regulation creates formal regulations around long-standing USCIS practices, effectively giving these practices [...]

By |2017-01-20T09:48:58-07:00January 18, 2017|

Fees Increasing for Most Immigration Applications and Petitions, Per USCIS

In a final rule published on October 24, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that, for the first time in six years, fees for most immigration applications and petitions will increase starting on December 23 (happy holidays from USCIS!). Per USCIS, fees will increase by a weighted average of 21 percent. The department said these increases are necessary to [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:18-07:00November 4, 2016|

USCIS Proposes Rule for Entrepreneurs Who Provide Business Growth and Job Creation

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, part of the Department of Homeland Security, has issued a proposed rule that seeks to amend the regulations surrounding discretionary parole for certain foreign entrepreneurs of start-up entities. The proposed rule would guide the use of parole on a case-by-case basis specifically for entrepreneurs who provide a significant public benefit through substantial and [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:19-07:00September 6, 2016|

News Articles Highlight Immigration Facts and Skilled Immigrant Labor Contributions

Immigration reform is a hot-button topic in large part due to current presidential politics, with many predicting that despite setbacks to reform in recent years, the issue will come before the United States Congress in 2017. Many organizations, including tech companies, universities and hospitals that benefit from skilled immigrants who fill the void for certain specialized knowledge are pushing for [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:19-07:00August 29, 2016|