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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|

July 2017 Visa Bulletin – Major EB-3 China Retrogression, EB-3 India Advances Notably

The U.S. State Department has just released the July 2017 Visa Bulletin which is the tenth Visa Bulletin for the FY2017 fiscal year.  The headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the significant 33-month retrogression in EB-3 China, the continued cutoff date for EB-1 India and EB-1 China and the notable [...]

By | 2017-06-09T21:21:38+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Articles, EB-2, EB-3, I-485, News, News Alert, Visa Bulletin|

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 Issues a Multitude of RFEs on Pending I-485 Applications – Mid-2017 Edition

Many of our clients and readers are already aware of the move by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) to issue what are hundreds, or perhaps even thousands, of very similar, if not identical, requests for evidence (“RFE”) on pending employment-based Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status, cases.    Our [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:46:57+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Articles, I-485, News, News Alert|

June 2017 Visa Bulletin – EB-1 China and EB-1 India Cutoff Date Introduced

The U.S. State Department has just released the June 2017 Visa Bulletin which is the ninth Visa Bulletin for the FY2017 fiscal year.  The headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is introduction of a cutoff date for EB-1 India and EB-1 China.   Because this cutoff date may remain in effect [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:46:57+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Articles, EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, I-485, News, News Alert, Visa Bulletin|

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|

President Trump to Keep The NAFTA Treaty and TN Visas (For Now)

One of the top campaign promises of the Trump administration during the election season was to scrap the NAFTA treaty between the U.S, Canada and Mexico.    The NAFTA treaty is the source of TN visas for nationals of Canada or Mexico and, understandably, TN workers and employers have been nervous [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:46:57+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Articles, News, News Alert, TN|

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|

May 2017 Visa Bulletin – No Movement in EB-2 India; EB China Downgrading Opportunity; EB-1 China/India and EB-2 ROW Cutoff Date Expected

The U.S. State Department has just released the May 2017 Visa Bulletin which is the eighth Visa Bulletin for the FY2017 fiscal year. The headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the lack of any movement for EB-2 India, the notable forward movement in EB-3 China which continues to create a great opportunity [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:46:57+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Articles, EB-2, EB-3, I-485, News, News Alert, Visa Bulletin|

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|