Starting April 2, 2018, USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 cap. USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all FY 2019 cap-subject petitions, including petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher. This suspension is expected to last until Sept. [...]
USCIS announced for March 2018, individuals seeking adjustment of status for family-sponsored filings must use the Dates for Filing Chart and those seeking adjustment of status for employment-based preference filings must use the Final Action Dates Chart in DOS's Visa Bulletin for March 2018
USCIS does not anticipate that premium processing will be suspended for non-cap H-1B petitions; however, there may be a brief suspension of premium processing for H-1B cap-subject petitions.
EB-1 India and EB-1 China. Charlie expects these categories to remain current for the coming months, but the imposition of a final action date in the summer remains likely if the current rate of demand continues. EB-2 Worldwide. This category should remain current for the foreseeable future. EB-2 and EB-3 China. The [...]
USCIS: USCIS is a fee-funded agency with the exception of E-Verify, so if the government shuts down, only E-Verify shuts down. Otherwise, it's business as usual. DOS: Visa and passport operations are fee-funded and should not be impacted by a lapse in appropriations, but operating status and funding will need to be [...]
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced yesterday that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under El Salvador’s designation who want to maintain their status through the effective termination date of Sept. 9, 2019, must re-register between Jan. 18, 2018, and March 19, 2018. Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization [...]
It is time to start working on H-1B CAP cases. The filing period is the first 5 business days of April. Please contact my office as soon as possible so that we can initiate H-1B case preparation and have the case(s) ready to go the first of April.
In a news update made available late yesterday, the McClatchy DC news service reported that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has stated that it not considering a regulatory change to the H-1B extension rules, as had previously been reported in a December 30, 2017 article by McClatchy DC. In particular, [...]
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced today it will terminate a temporary protected status program for nearly 200,000 Salvadorans in September 2019.
DHS is reportedly considering new regulations that would limit the ability of H-1B workers who are in the lawful permanent residence (LPR) process to obtain an extension of their H-1B status beyond the usual six-year limit of authorized stay. The reported proposal, which arises from President Trump’s “Buy American, Hire [...]