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USCIS Appears to Question Immediate F-1 CPT Validity for Second Degree Students

Our office has been seeing cases and reports that USCIS is changing their approach and starts to question the validity of F-1 CPT work authorization especially in cases where the F-1 foreign student has used more than 12 months of combined CPT and OPT at the same degree level.     Most often this issue is [...]

By | 2018-02-15T13:12:54+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Articles, Employers, F-1, H-1B, News, News Alert, Students|

March 2018 Visa Bulletin – Continued Very Slow Forward Movement Across Most Categories

The U.S. State Department has just released the March 2018 Visa Bulletin which is the sixth Visa Bulletin for the FY2018 fiscal year. The headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the continued very slow forward movement in EB-2/3 India.   EB-3 China advances but appears to slow down compared to recent [...]

By | 2018-02-12T14:37:26+00:00 February 12th, 2018|AOS, Articles, EB-2, EB-3, News, News Alert, Visa Bulletin|

How to Increase the H-1B Cap Lottery Chances of Success This Year?

With the approaching H-1B cap filing season, one of the most common concerns we are hearing from both prospective H-1B employers and candidates is about the H-1B cap lottery and the fact that the random lottery does not provide a great chance of an H-1B application being selected for review. Our office has handled thousands [...]

By | 2018-02-08T13:09:23+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Articles, F-1, H-1B, News, Students|

How to File an H-1B Cap Petition When the Current Degree is Still Underway?

As the H-1B cap filing season is well underway and as the filing day of April 1st is approaching fast, a common question by H-1B employers or H-1B candidates is whether an H-1B cap petition can (or should) be filed when the foreign national employee is still completing their degree program and when the degree [...]

By | 2018-02-08T12:58:49+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Articles, F-1, H-1B, News|

H-1B Cap 2018 Work Visa Season Is Underway – Opens for New Filings on Monday, April 2, 2018

On April 2, 2018 the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will start accepting applications for one of the most popular U.S. work visas, H-1B, for fiscal year (FY) 2019.    Our intelligence and past experience suggest that the H-1B cap 2018 season will be very short — five business days.   Our [...]

By | 2018-02-01T12:22:53+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Articles, Employers, H-1B, News, News Alert|

Government Shutdown and Immigration: (How) Will It Affect Me? (January 2018 Edition)

Update (Jan 23, 2018 8:00 AM):   As of Tuesday, January 23, 2018, the Federal government has reopened with most services restored or in the process of being restored.   This includes DOL operations.    However, the current government funding is set to expire on February 8, 2018, raising the possibility of another shutdown at that time. [...]

By | 2018-01-23T09:10:12+00:00 January 20th, 2018|Articles, Government Shutdown, News, News Alert|

February 2018 Visa Bulletin – EB-2 India Slow Movement; EB-3 China Advances Significantly; Cutoff Date Predictions

The U.S. State Department has just released the February 2018 Visa Bulletin which is the fifth Visa Bulletin for the FY2018 fiscal year. The headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the continued anemic forward movement in EB-2/3 India.   EB-3 China advances significantly by 5 months and continues to have a more [...]

By | 2018-01-17T10:02:00+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Articles, EB-2, EB-3, News, News Alert, Visa Bulletin|

USCIS Starts Rulemaking Process to Take Away H-4 EAD Work Authorization

After months of speculation and discussion, USCIS has taken the initial steps in the rulemaking process in order to take away the H-4 EAD work authorization for certain H-4 spouses which had been available since 2015.      It should be noted that this is an initial step in the rulemaking process and until and [...]

By | 2017-12-15T09:35:41+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Articles, H-1B, H-4 EAD, News, News Alert|

January 2018 Visa Bulletin – EB-3 India Advances Slightly; Slow Movement in EB-2 India/China

The U.S. State Department has just released the January 2018 Visa Bulletin which is the fourth Visa Bulletin for the FY2018 fiscal year. The headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the continued anemic forward movement in EB-2 India/China and EB-3 India.   EB-3 China continues to have a more favorable cutoff date [...]

By | 2017-12-14T09:20:22+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Articles, EB-2, EB-3, News, News Alert, Visa Bulletin|

PERM Processing Times (November 30, 2017)

Our office handles many ETA Form 9089 – Permanent Labor Certification (“PERM”) applications and we are closely monitoring the current PERM processing times not only for the benefit of our clients but also to be able to predict longer-term trends in PERM processing. The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has provided an update [...]

By | 2017-12-14T08:59:23+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Articles, DOL, News, News Alert, PERM|