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USCIS Starts Mailing H-1B Cap Non-Selection Notices

Two months after completing the random H-1B cap lottery, USCIS has started mailing back the H-1B cap applications which were not selected under the random H-1B cap lottery.     While the H-1B cap receipts for selected cases were sent out by May 3rd,  many employers and applicants who had not heard by now had to assume that their [...]

By | 2017-06-19T09:45:45+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Articles, H-1B, News, News Alert, PERM|

Simeio RFEs: How to Handle “Simeio” RFE Due to Late H-1B Amendment Filing?

In our office, and in the broader H-1B community, we are seeing instances and reports of H-1B petition RFEs aimed at ensuring compliance with the Simeio-line of guidance issued by USCIS in 2015. Specifically, we are seeing RFEs on H-1B petitions (amendments, mostly, but also for extensions) where USCIS is questioning the timeliness or the [...]

By | 2017-06-08T09:44:51+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Articles, Compliance, H-1B, News|

USCIS Clarifies H-1B Master’s Cap Degree Must be Obtained While University is Accredited

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has issued a memorandum adopting the AAO decision in Matter of A-T-, Inc. and establishing policy guidance which will apply to and bind all USCIS adjudicators.    USCIS clarifies that in order to be able to qualify for an H-1B cap exemption based [...]

By | 2017-06-01T12:31:01+00:00 June 1st, 2017|AAO, Articles, F-1, H-1B, News, News Alert, Policy|

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 | 2017-06-19T09:07:30+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|

Immigrants in Trump’s America – Should I Carry My Immigration Papers With Me?

In the era of increased immigration enforcement under President Trump, our foreign national clients and readers are increasingly asking about the requirements on carrying specific immigration documents with them while they are in the U.S. – whether around town or for domestic U.S. travel. We find that this topic is [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:46:58+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Compliance, F-1, H-1B, ICE, News, Policy, Travel|