2018

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  • USCIS Reaches Statutory Limit of H-1B Cap Cases for Fiscal Year 2020

    On April 10, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated regular cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption for fiscal year (FY) 2020. After completing the random selection process for the regular cap, USCIS also determined that it has received a number of petitions projected as sufficient to meet the 20,000 H-1B ...
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  • USCIS reaches the H-1B Regular Cap for FY 2020

    U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Friday, April 5, 2019 that they have received sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap for fiscal year 2020. The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not prohibited multiple filings. The fiscal year begins October 1, 2019 ...
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  • How to Avoid the I-751 Interview

    Going into a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office for your I-751 interview can be terrifying, to say the least. Since the stakes are extremely high, making a mistake could mean that you or your partner’s conditional resident’s status could be in jeopardy. Fortunately, it is possible to have the interview waived and obtain approval for the I-751 petition, as long as USCIS believes the ...
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  • How to Find an H-1B Visa Sponsor

    If you wish to work in the United States, you need to obtain a work visa. The most common type of work visa is the H-1B visa . An H-1B visa allows U.S. companies and/or organizations to hire immigrant workers in a specialty line of work (e.g. lawyers, engineers, architects, computer programmers, business executives, etc.). In order to file a petition for this type of work visa, you must have a job ...
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  • Premium Processing for FY 2020 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

    Premium processing will be offered in a two-phased approach during the FY 2020 H-1B cap season so USCIS can best manage the premium processing requests without fully suspending it as in previous years. The first phase will include FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting a change of status and the second phase will include all other FY 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions. Starting April 1, FY ...
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  • USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

    USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, you should include the RFE response with the premium processing request. When an H-1B petitioner properly requests the agency’s premium processing service, USCIS guarantees a 15-day processing time. If we do not take certain adjudicative action ...
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  • DHS Tightens Rules to Detect Child Marriage

    Although the latest immigration news reports have focused on national security matters, especially after President Trump declared a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern U.S. border, the Department of Homeland Security announced new rules to track child marriages through immigration. Currently, federal immigration laws do not establish a minimum age requirement for an ...
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  • FY 2020 H-1B Cap Season Begins on April 1, 2019

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept new H-1B petitions subject to the annual quota for fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) starting April 1, 2019. The H-1B employment visa is reserved for temporary professional workers filling specialty occupations, which require at least a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in a field directly relevant to the job. The H-1B employment visa is ...
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  • USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Filed on or before Dec. 21, 2018

    USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, Feb. 19, for all H-1B petitions filed on or before Dec. 21, 2018. If you received a transfer notice for a pending H-1B petition, and you are requesting premium processing service, you must submit the premium processing request to the service center now handling the petition. You should also include a copy of the transfer notice with your premium ...
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  • USCIS Extends Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

    On August 28, 2018, USCIS announced that they will be extending the previously announced suspension of premium processing for H-1B quota petitions and that the suspension of premium processing will also be expanded to include other H-1B petitions. Importantly, the expanded temporary suspension will apply to ALL H-1B petitions filed at the Vermont and California Service Centers (except for those ...
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  • Alternatives to H-1B Visa

    H-1B Quota (FY 2019) USCIS received 190,098 H-1B Quota petitions for the fiscal year 2019 in the first week of April 2018. On April 11, 2018, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough petitions to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the Master’s Cap exemption. As USCIS will issue about 85,000 H-1B visas under the FY-2019 H-1B ...
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  • USCIS completes processing of 2019 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

    USCIS has completed processing all fiscal year 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the computer-generated random selection process. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. USCIS cannot provide a definite time frame for returning unselected petitions, due to the high volume of filings. USCIS has asked petitioners not to inquire about the status ...
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  • USCIS Reaches FY 2019 H-1B Cap

    United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 6, 2018 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) 2019. As per the regulations, all H-1B applications received within the first five days of the Cap have to be counted towards the lottery. USCIS has not yet announced ...
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  • Introduction of "I-Squared" Bill and proposed H-1B reform

    On January 25, 2018, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced the Immigration Innovation Act of 2018. The bill aims to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to authorize additional visas for well-educated aliens to live and work in the United States. If enacted, the bill, known as “I-Squared,” would make significant changes to the U.S. employment-based immigration system. ...
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  • What's Happening with H-1B Visas?

    USCIS Not Considering H-1B Visa Rule Changes President Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” initiative aims to stop hundreds of thousands of foreign workers, predominantly Indian IT professionals, from keeping their H-1B visas while their green card applications are pending. The goal is to impose new restrictions to prevent abuse and misuse of H-1B visas, aside from ending the provision of ...
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