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Cantey Hanger Immigration News Updates

New Form I-9 Released

USCIS has introduced a new Form I-9 with a version date of 10/21/2019. Employers need to start using this new form now. The prior version

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H-1B CAP SEASON – FY 2021

This year, USCIS will be utilizing an electronic registration requirement for H-1B cap subject petitions. USCIS will be providing additional information and instructions regarding the

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DACA Update

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on ending DACA Tuesday, November 12.  A decision can be expected by summer.

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“USCIS’ Denial Rates for H-1B Petitions Have Quadrupled”

Studies have shown that under the current administration, denials for H-1B petitions for new employees and continuing employees have quadrupled. Learn more: http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/11/08/uscis-h1b-new-denial-rates/?emci=931c1206-4a02-ea11-828b-2818784d6d68&emdi=d0de966c-5503-ea11-828b-2818784d6d68&ceid=4491871#.XcihkTNKhPa

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TPS EXTENSIONS

On Friday, November 1, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security announced a Federal Register notice extending the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the

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November 2019 Visa Bulletin News

Department of State’s Charlie Oppenheim’s Comments on November 2019 Visa Bulletin   The Employment-Based 1st preference categories (EB-1) will continue to advance at the pace previously

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OCTOBER VISA BULLETIN NEWS

The Department of State’s Charlie Oppenheim projects that the employment-based EB1 category will move up to 3 months for the worldwide and China categories, and

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STEM OPT EMPLOYER SITE VISITS

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has started to conduct site visits of employers who employ F-1 students on STEM Optional Practical Training.  Please visit

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H-1B CAP CASE NEWS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced a notice of proposed rule-making that will require employers seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions to pay

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I-9 Information

The I-9 form currently in use expires August 31, 2019. USCIS has advised that employers should continue using Form I-9 available on https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central, which is

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Form I-539 News

In the past when an I-539 was filed simultaneously with an H-1B petition that requested premium processing, USCIS as a courtesy would typically adjudicate the

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I-94 RECORD UPDATE

Beginning in May 2019, I-94 numbers will be alphanumeric. Currently, I-94 numbers are 11 digits long and only contain numbers.  I-94 numbers will remain at

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