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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 27, 2018
Tahreem Kalam

Talking Points for HR & Recruiters Dealing with Increased Anxiety Related to H-1B Transfers

H-1B workers are rightfully anxious these days. H-1B Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and denials are at an all-time high as a result of President Trump’s Buy American, Hire American (BAHA) Executive Order. In the 1st quarter of 2017, the USCIS...

USCIS Can Now Deny Applications without an RFE or NOID

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has taken another step in making it more difficult for employers to hire and retain foreign national employees. On July 13, 2018, USCIS issued a policy memorandum giving immigration officers significantly more discretion to...

September 10, 2018
Beata Leja

USCIS Expands Premium Processing Suspension for Many H-1B Petitions, Hurting Business & Foreign Employees

On March 20, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would temporarily suspend premium processing for H-1B petitions filed toward this year’s annual H-1B cap, and anticipated that the suspension would expire on September 10, 2018....

August 06, 2018
Marjorie M. Filice

Travel Alert for Advance Parole Applicants

Foreign nationals with pending advance parole applications are facing new restrictions on their freedom to travel internationally. Advance parole allows those who have filed I-485 Adjustment of Status applications (also known as green card applications) to travel abroad during the...

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...

March 21, 2018
Beata Leja

USCIS Suspending Premium Processing for Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions Until September 10, 2018

On March 20, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will temporarily suspend premium processing for H-1B petitions filed toward this year’s annual cap, the Fiscal Year 2019 cap. This means that all cap-subject H-1B petitions...

January 19, 2018
Beata Leja

It’s H-1B Season Again & What to Expect in the Aftermath of “Buy American, Hire American”

It’s that time of year again for employers who hire foreign workers, most often talented individuals who first came to the US as F-1 students to complete Bachelor’s, Master’s or other degrees from U.S. universities. It is time to begin...

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