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...

Trump “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order Targets H-1B Program Abuse

During his presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald J. Trump remarked on the H-1B program and perceived program abuses that involve the alleged use of lower-skilled and lower-wage foreign workers to replace U.S. workers in the job market.  In the early days of his...

Trump to overhaul visa program for high-skilled workers

By Jonathan Easley President Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday that aims to overhaul the H1-B visa program used by tech companies to bring high-skilled workers to the U.S. Trump will travel to a manufacturing plant in Kenosha, Wis., to sign the order, which the...

FY- 2018 H-1B Cap Reached

On April 7, 2017, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced that the CIS had received enough H-1B petitions to exhaust the 85,000 H-1B quota (which includes 20,000 set aside for U.S. advance degree holders) for Fiscal Year 2018 (October 1, 2017, through...

H-1B Rumors and Facts

Since his inauguration, President Trump has focused on a series of initiatives, many of them aimed at various components of U.S. immigration enforcement. Most recently, the administration has issued guidance to address perceived abuses in the H-1B visa program. Additionally, H-4...

H-1B visa rule change sparks fear of skilled-worker shortage

By David A. Arnott The Trump administration has suspended expedited processing of H-1B visa applications, starting April 3, saying the move could last as long as six months. Under current rules, applications for H-1B visas, which are intended for skilled foreign workers and are...

Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions Beginning April 3, 2017

Late Friday afternoon the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) announced that beginning April 3, 2017 premium processing will be suspended for all H-1B petitions. Premium Processing is a filing option for certain immigration petitions that allows the case to be...

Forget Silicon Valley: Here’s the place worried that Trump will chop technology visas

By Seema Mody President Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda and his focus on curbing immigration have stoked fears that visas widely given to technology workers may be on the chopping block. Since the early 1990s, H-1B visas have helped companies in the U.S....
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