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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. [...]

By | 2018-03-20T22:36:55+00:00 March 20th, 2018|H-1B Updates|0 Comments

March 2018 Visa Bulletin News

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

By | 2018-02-23T20:59:10+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Visa Bulletin Information|0 Comments

February 2018 Visa Bulletin – Check-in with Charlie Oppenheim, Department of State 

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 [...]

By | 2018-01-26T21:11:50+00:00 January 26th, 2018|Visa Bulletin Information|0 Comments

Re-registration for El Salvador TPS Recipients

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 [...]

By | 2018-01-19T12:42:04+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Misc. Immigration News|0 Comments

H-1B Cap Season FY2019

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.

By | 2018-01-10T22:15:31+00:00 January 11th, 2018|H-1B Updates|0 Comments

Important Update: USCIS Is Now Not Considering Changes to the H-1B Extension Rules

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, [...]

By | 2018-01-10T22:10:48+00:00 January 10th, 2018|H-1B Updates|0 Comments

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Considering Changes to H-1B Extension Rules

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 [...]

By | 2018-01-05T22:06:12+00:00 January 5th, 2018|H-1B Updates|0 Comments