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Premium Processing for Pending H-1B Cap Cases Reinstated

USCIS continues to add types of H-1B petitions for which the premium processing service is being reinstated.  On September 17, 2017, USCIS announced that they are reinstating premium processing for pending H-1B cap petitions. Background of the H-1B Premium Processing Service Suspension Effective April 3, 2017, USCIS suspended the premium processing service for all H-1B [...]

By | 2017-09-18T16:50:48+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Articles, Employers, H-1B, News, News Alert|

October 2017 Visa Bulletin – EB-1 and EB-2 ROW Current Again; First Bulletin for New Fiscal Year

The U.S. State Department has just released the October 2017 Visa Bulletin which is the first Visa Bulletin for the FY2018 fiscal year. The headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is fact that this is the first bulletin for the new fiscal year.   EB-1 and EB-2 ROW are current [...]

By | 2017-09-12T09:31:57+00:00 September 12th, 2017|AC21, Articles, EB-2, EB-3, I-485, News, News Alert, Visa Bulletin|

How to Handle Wage Level I H-1B RFEs?

Our readers and clients who have been involved in the H-1B program over the last few months (and especially those participating in the H-1B cap filing season) must have experienced or at least heard about the Wage Level I requests for evidence (RFE) which have been and continue to be issued by USCIS.   Our [...]

By | 2017-09-11T20:12:08+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Articles, Employers, H-1B, News, News Alert|

Trump Administration to End DACA – What Does That Mean for Employers?

On September 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA") program will end. DACA will remain in place until March 5, 2018 and the program will be phased out over the next two years. DACA Revocation Details The Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") has released details and clarifications regarding [...]

By | 2017-09-07T12:16:22+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Articles, DACA, Employers, News, News Alert|

USCIS to Start Requiring In-Person Interviews for Employment I-485 Applications

USCIS has just announced that they are expanding the requirements for interviews to employment-based I-485 adjustment of status applicants. Effective October 1, 2017, USCIS will phase-in interviews for (1) employment-based I-485 adjustment of status applications and (2) refugee/asylee I-730 applications who are in the United States and petitioning to join a principal applicant.   Under [...]

By | 2017-08-28T20:59:16+00:00 August 28th, 2017|Articles, I-485, News, News Alert, USCIS|

Pending I-131 Advance Parole Applications Being Denied Due to International Travel

Our office has recently learned that USCIS is changing their long-standing practice and have started denying Form I-131 Advance Parole applications due to abandonment in cases where the applicant has left the United States while the I-131 Advance Parole application was pending.      USCIS has confirmed that this is their actual current policy going [...]

By | 2017-08-24T10:03:36+00:00 August 24th, 2017|AOS, Articles, I-131, I-485, News, News Alert, Travel|

Nonimmigrant Visa Services Suspended at US Consulates in Russia

The U.S. Embassy in Russia has announced that starting August 23, 2017, all nonimmigrant visa (NIV) operations across Russia will be suspended. Beginning September 1, 2017, nonimmigrant visa interviews will be conducted only at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and interviews at the St. Petersburg, Yekaterininburg and Vladivostok will be cancelled. What is the Reason [...]

By | 2017-08-23T13:14:35+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Articles, News, News Alert, Students, Travel, Visa Processing|

Reminder: OPT Cap-Gap Employment with Pending H-1B Valid Only Until September 30th

This year’s busy H-1B cap season included many H-1B employee candidates who hold F-1 status and who are employed in the U.S. pursuant to F-1 optional practical training (OPT) status.    Out of these F-1 visa holders, many rely on the OPT cap-gap rule to continue working in the U.S. after [...]

By | 2017-08-17T12:07:47+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Articles, F-1, News, News Alert, Students|

September 2017 Visa Bulletin – Cutoff Date for EB-2 ROW Remains; Last Visa Bulletin for The Fiscal Year

The U.S. State Department has just released the September 2017 Visa Bulletin which is the last Visa Bulletin for the FY2017 fiscal year.  The headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the continued cutoff date for the EB-2 ROW, Mexico and Philippines categories, together with the notable forward movement in [...]

By | 2017-08-09T10:47:01+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Articles, EB-2, EB-3, News, News Alert, Visa Bulletin|

Premium Processing for H-1B Cases Starting to Come Back, Gradually

USCIS appears to be in the process of reinstating premium processing service for H-1B petitions.  On July 24, 2017, USCIS announced that they are reinstating premium processing for H-1B petitions filed by cap-exempt employers. Background of the H-1B Premium Processing Service Suspension Effective April 3, 2017, USCIS suspended the premium processing service for all H-1B [...]

By | 2017-07-27T12:49:19+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Articles, Employers, H-1B, News, News Alert|