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...

FY-2017 H-1B CAP REACHED

On April 7, 2016, 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 2017 (October 1, 2016, through...

CIS Redistributes L-1 and H-1B Workload Between Service Centers

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) has announced that the Vermont Service Center will be transferring some L-1 petitions, L-2 extension applications, and L-2 employment authorization applications to the California Service Center. The Vermont Service Center is also...

Start preparing now to file H-1B employee visa petitions

On April 1, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions from foreign nationals to fill “specialty occupation” positions. USCIS typically receives far more than 85,000 H-1B petitions during the first five business days of April....
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