Blog Posts in April, 2017

  • USCIS Rescinds Policy Memorandum Regarding H-1B Computer Related Positions

    On March 31, 2017, USCIS announced that “Computer Programmer” positions may no longer qualify as a specialty occupation for H-1B visa purposes. In doing so, USCIS rescinded a prior policy memorandum (dated: December 22, 2000) entitled “Guidance memo on H1B computer related positions” by former director of the USCIS Nebraska Service Center, Terry Way. USCIS has declared that the guidance provided ...
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  • Impact of 'Buy American and Hire American' Executive Order remains to be seen.

    On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed his latest Executive Order "Buy American and Hire American." Although the present administration desires to reform the H-1B program, no immediate changes or impacts on H-1B’s are likely. The Executive Order states that “the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Labor, and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall, as soon as ...
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  • President Trump to sign Executive Order targeting H-1B Visa's

    President Trump is planning to sign an executive order that seeks to make changes to the H1-B visa program that brings in high-skilled workers. The President plans to sign an order dubbed “Buy American, Hire American,” that will commission the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Labor and State to review and propose new rules regarding the H-1B visa program, with the aim that H-1B visas are ...
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  • USCIS Completes the H-B Cap Lottery Process for year 2018.

    The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 17, 2017, that it received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year 2018. USCIS also received an adequate number of H-1B petitions to meet the U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the Master’s Cap. USCIS received 199,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which ...
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  • USCIS Reaches FY 2018 H-1B Cap

    United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7, 2017 that the annual H-1B quota for the regular 65,000 bachelor’s degree cap and the 20,000 U.S. master’s degree cap has been met for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. USCIS has not yet announced the exact number of H-1B applications received. Once all the H-1B applications are counted, USCIS will share this information in the ...
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