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April 06, 2018
Ana Maria Echiburu Tyrrell

USCIS No Longer Accepting Cap-Subject H-1B Lottery Petitions for FY 2019

As of today, April 6, 2018, USCIS will no longer be accepting new, cap-subject H-1B petitions in its randomized lottery for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. USCIS will now conduct the lottery and begin to send receipt notices and rejections over...

January 17, 2018
Ana Maria Echiburu Tyrrell

Overcoming H-1B Requests for Evidence (RFEs) for a Level 1 Wage

In response to several policy announcements made by the Administration in early 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) increased its scrutiny of H-1B applications and began issuing significantly more Requests for Evidence (“RFE”), particularly for H-1B petitions that utilized...

July 14, 2017
Ana Maria Echiburu Tyrrell

Can I start the Green Card Process while on Optional Practical Training (OPT)?

What is Optional Practical Training (OPT)? Optional practical training (OPT) is defined by federal regulations as "temporary employment for practical training directly related to the [F-1] student's major area of study." After completion of a course of study, most students...

June 16, 2017
Ana Maria Echiburu Tyrrell

Obtaining an F-1 Student Visa: Change Status or Apply at U.S. Consulate?

Oftentimes, prospective students enter the U.S. on a B visitor visa to visit schools and decide they would like to stay in the U.S. to pursue a course of study. The inevitable question then arises: Should I change my status...

February 03, 2017
Ana Maria Echiburu Tyrrell

Lottery for Initial H-1B Filings will begin on Monday, April 3!

The first day to file a “cap-subject” H-1B petition for the fiscal year (“FY”) is generally April 1. Since April 1 is on a Saturday this year, USCIS will begin accepting petitions on Monday, April 3. Due to the time...

February 01, 2017
Ana Maria Echiburu Tyrrell

Travel Warning for ALL Individuals with an Advance Parole Document

On January 31, 2017, the Washington Post published additional draft Executive Orders, including one titled “Protecting American Jobs and Workers by Strengthening the Integrity of Foreign Worker Visa Programs” (Draft EO), which would impact individuals with Advance Parole documents. The...

January 26, 2017
Ana Maria Echiburu Tyrrell

Trump Threatens Sanctuary Cities in Executive Order

Yesterday, the Trump administration issued executive orders titled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States” (“Public Safety Order” or “Order”) and “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements” (“Border Security Order”).  Within the Public Safety Order is a...

February 17, 2016
Ana Maria Echiburu Tyrrell

Common H-1B Question: Change of Status vs. Consular Processing?

Many clients want to know whether they should request an H-1B based on a change of status or consular processing. Below is a discussion of each option to help you determine which best fits your current situation. Change of Status...

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