CIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions on October 3

On Wednesday, September 27th, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced the return of premium processing for all H-1B petitions, effective October 3rd.  This includes H-1B petitions seeking a change of status, change of employer, or amendment to current status. ...

CIS Returns Premium Processing for FY-2018 H-1B Cap Petitions

On Monday, September 18th, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced the return of premium processing for H-1B petitions filed under the Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Master’s and Regular Cap.  Previously the CIS had resumed premium processing for H-1B petitions filed...

H-1B Premium Processing Returns for Certain Cap-Exempt Petitions

On Monday, July 24th, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced the return of premium processing for H-1B petitions filed by institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations related to or affiliated with institutions of higher education, nonprofit...

H-1B Premium Processing Returns for Medical Doctors under Conrad 30 Waiver Program

On Friday, June 23rd, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced the return of premium processing for H-1B petitions filed on behalf of medical doctors under the Conrad 30 and Interested Government Agency Waiver programs.  Beginning Monday, June 26th, CIS will...

If You Want Less Outsourcing, Then Increase Immigration

by Stuart Anderson The more Congress and executive branch agencies restrict immigration, particularly the use of H-1B and L-1 temporary visas, the more likely companies are to increase their investments outside the United States, both in their own offices and affiliates, and...

Department of Labor Announces Increased Scrutiny of Employment-Based Immigration Programs

The Department of Labor (DOL) has recently announced a more aggressive enforcement policy directed at employment-based nonimmigrant visa programs, stating that they will more “vigorously” enforce all laws within its jurisdiction and take civil and criminal referral actions...

Indian IT Companies Sharply Cut H-1B Dependence

BENGALURU: There was a sharp decline in the use of H-1B visas by Indian IT companies in Barack Obama’s last year as US president, indicating that Donald Trump may only be accelerating an ongoing trend. The top seven India-based IT companies received only 9,356 new H-1B visas in...

Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap Receipt Process Now Complete

On May 3, 2017 the USCIS announced that it has completed the receipt and data entry of all fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap cases. This means that the CIS should be issuing the last of the receipt notices for cases selected under the cap in the next several days. If a petitioner does...

“Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order Calls for Change in H-1B Lottery System and Rigorous Immigration Enforcement

On Tuesday, April 18th, President Donald J. Trump signed the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order, which sets forth his Administration’s policy to “maximize . . . the use of goods, products, and materials produced in the United States” and to “rigorously enforce and...

199,000 H-1B Cap Cases Filed

On April 17, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced that the CIS received 199,000 FY-2017 H-1B petitions during the filing period from April 3 – 7, 2017. On April 11th, the CIS applied the required computer-generated random selection proce...
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