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...

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...

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...

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...

H-1B Season is Rapidly Approaching – Plan Now for Filing New H-1B Petitions for CIS Receipts on April 3, 2017

In less than three months, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions filed under the Fiscal Year 2018 (October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018) H-1B quota. No more than 85,000 new H-1B visa numbers, which include 20,000 U.S....

January 2017 Visa Bulletin Shows Minor Advancement for EB-2 China and India, EB-3 China and Philippines

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for January 2017, reporting minor advancement to the “final action cutoff date” for EB-2 applicants born in China and India and for EB-3 applicants born in China and the Philippines. The final action...

New Form I-9 with Enhanced Features is an Improvement

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued a new, fillable Form I-9.  While not a true electronic Form I-9, employees and their employer representatives can complete the form online at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9, and then print and sign the form for...

Agency’s Green Card Errors Said to Be Worse Than First Thought

By RON NIXON United States Citizenship and Immigration Services sent green cards to people that contained incorrect information or were duplicates, or mailed them to the wrong addresses, according to a report released on Monday by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of...

Current Version of Form I-9 Valid Until January 21, 2017

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently confirmed that employers may continue to use the current version of Form I-9 with a revision date of 03/08/2013 N until January 21, 2017, which will give employers a grace period before having to use the new Form...

USCIS Assists in $20 Million Visa Fraud Investigation

ALEXANDRIA, VA. – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services assisted with an investigation that has led to Raju Kosuri, 44, and Smriti Jharia, 45, a married couple from Ashburn, pleading guilty today to charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States and visa fraud, among...
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