“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 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...

U.S. Immigration Agency Will Lose Millions Because It Can’t Process Visas Fast Enough

Fees from so-called “premium processing” to expedite H-1B visas have paid for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ efforts to digitize. But the agency hasn’t been able to keep up with demand, forcing it to suspend its cash cow. by Marcelo Rochabrun Lost amid the uproar over...

Homeland Security Announces Steps Against H1B Visa Fraud

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced steps on Monday to prevent the fraudulent use of H1B visas, used by employers to bring in specialized foreign workers temporarily, which appeared to fall short of President Donald Trump’s campaign promises to...

Why the FY-2018 H-1B Cap Season Is Unlike Any Other

It’s a typical Saturday morning in March, and immigration attorneys and their staff at Foster LLP in Austin and Houston, just like their nationwide colleagues, are feverishly working to prepare Labor Condition Applications (LCA) for filing with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL),...

A life in limbo

For H1-B visa holders, a layoff means a severe career derailment. By Lydia DePillis Until March, Ashwani Chandra’s life was proceeding according to plan. After getting a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, he worked for three years...

Reminder: H-1B Amendment Required for “Material Change” in Employment Terms

An H-1B amendment is required when there will be a material change in the terms and conditions of authorized employment. Material changes could include, in some circumstances, a change in worksite location, a significant change in job duties or a change in occupational...

Workers in India chasing American dream vie for visa

HYDERABAD, India – It is a balmy spring morning in this hilly southern India capital of some 7 million. Once a cultural and gem trading center known as the City of Pearls, it is now better known as the home of the high-technology hub dubbed “Cyberabad.” Google,...

FY-2017 H-1B Premium Processing Adjudications to Begin May 12th

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) has announced that CIS will begin premium processing adjudications for FY-2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions on May 12th. This is an update from the previously announced date of May 16, 2016. This means that employers may expect...
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