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December 18, 2018
Stephen Tarnoff

USCIS Proposing Major Changes to H-1B Cap Subject Application Process

In a move that is certain to cause greater confusion for employers planning to file H-1B petitions by April 1, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a proposed rule that, if implemented, will significantly change the process...

September 13, 2017
Stephen Tarnoff

USCIS Announces Mandatory Interviews for Employment-Based Green Card Applicants

Beginning October 1, employment-based green card applicants will have to undergo in-person interviews with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before their green cards can be approved, according to a recent executive order signed by President Trump. The order...

May 20, 2016
Stephen Tarnoff

U.S. Consulate in Toronto Suspends Third Country National Visa Processing For The Summer

The U.S. Consulate in Toronto recently announced it is suspending visa processing for third country nationals seeking visa appointments in Toronto during June, July and August of this year. The suspension primarily affects non-Canadians, many of whom are in H-1B...

April 11, 2016
Stephen Tarnoff

H-1B Alternatives: What to do if your H-1B is not selected in the annual lottery this year

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced April 7 that the H-1B cap has been reached for fiscal year 2017. Although USCIS did not indicate how many H-1B petitions it had received, the number exceeds the total 85,000 available...

July 08, 2015
Stephen Tarnoff

Class Action Lawsuit Seeks to Force Timely Issuance of Employment Authorization

Frustrated by the government’s failure to issue employment authorization documents in the time frame mandated by law, a group of plaintiffs have filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S....

June 25, 2015
Stephen Tarnoff

State Department Begins Issuing Visas Again After Technology Glitch

After almost two weeks of delays, the U.S. State Department is reporting that the database responsible for handling biometric clearances has been rebuilt and that U.S. Consulates overseas have begun issuing visas again. According to the State Department, 60,000 visas...

May 07, 2015
Stephen Tarnoff

For H-1B Employees, Location Matters

An employer’s responsibility when an H-1B employee’s job location changes According to a recent decision by the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), employers must file an amended H-1B petition if the worksite of an H-1B employee changes to another geographical area...

April 27, 2015
Stephen Tarnoff

Margaret H. (Peggy) McCormick Named One of Top 100 Leading Lawyers in Illinois

Margaret H. (Peggy) McCormick, founder and principal of the immigration law firm Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C., has been named one of the top 100 Leading Lawyers in Illinois by Leading Lawyers magazine. Ms. McCormick was named one of Illinois’ Top...

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