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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|

USCIS Starts Issuing Redesigned Green Cards and EADs

Starting May 1, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will start producing and issuing redesigned Permanent Resident Cards (also known as Green Cards) and the Employment Authorization Document (EADs). […]

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By | 2017-05-20T21:46:57+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Articles, Employers, News|

USCIS Completes Data Entry and Receipting of H-1B Cap Petitions for FY2018

Many of our readers are aware that as of April 7, 2017, USCIS had received a sufficient number of H-1B cap-subject petitions to fill the annual H-1B quota. As USCIS has been issuing receipt notices for the H-1B cap cases which are being selected for processing, we wanted to provide [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:46:57+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Articles, Employers, H-1B, News, News Alert|

H-1B Alternatives: What Are The Available Visa Options?

Many of our readers are aware that as of April 7, USCIS had received a sufficient number of H-1B cap-subject petitions to fill the annual H-1B quota.  This year’s number of filings is at an all-time high, meaning that about 1 in 3 H-1B cap applications will be selected for [...]

By | 2017-07-20T13:42:20+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Articles, Employees, Employers, H-1B, News|

Alert: FY2018 H-1B Cap Demand Very Strong; Random Lottery Just Completed

Our office just learned that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has completed the intake and processing of all of the fiscal year (FY2018) H-1B cap petitions.    According to USCIS, there were over 199,000 H-1B cap petitions filed during the April 3rd-7th filing period.   This indicates that the number [...]

By | 2017-04-17T17:09:24+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Articles, Employers, H-1B, News, News Alert, USCIS|

Alert: FY2018 H-1B Cap Reached on April 7th

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced that, as of Friday, April 7th, they have received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the annual H-1B cap for the 2018 fiscal year (FY2018).    According to USCIS, they have received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed for beneficiaries with [...]

By | 2017-04-11T17:20:44+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Articles, Employers, H-1B, News, News Alert|

Very Short and Busy H-1B Cap Filing Season Expected: April 3rd to April 7th (Five Business Days); H-1B Lottery Likely; Last Call for H-1B

As we are going into the peak of the H-1B cap season, our office receives many inquiries about the duration of the H-1B filing season this year or, in other words, when will the H-1B cap be reached?      So far we have been able to compare demand with prior H-1B [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:46:58+00:00 March 9th, 2017|Articles, Employers, H-1B, News, News Alert|

USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing of All H-1B Petitions

USCIS has announced that effective April 3, 2017, they are temporarily suspending premium processing for all H-1B petitions for a period of up to six months.   This surprising announcement comes in light of the anticipated heavy demand and number of H-1B “cap” filings and also to allow the government [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:46:58+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Articles, Employers, H-1B, News, News Alert|

H-1B Work Visa Cap Season Is Underway – Opens for New Filings on Monday, April 3, 2017

On April 3, 2017 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) 2018.    Our intelligence and past experience suggest that this year’s H-1B cap season will be very short — five business [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:46:59+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Articles, Employers, H-1B, News, News Alert|

USCIS Revises Form I-9 – Effective January 22, 2017

On November 14, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification which is available to use starting immediately. Starting Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use only the new version, dated 11/14/2016 N. Until then, they can continue to use the version dated 03/08/2013 N or the new [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:03+00:00 November 14th, 2016|Compliance, Employers, I-9|