Premium Processing Filing Fee Increases to $1,410

Today U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) published a final rule increasing by 15% the required filing fee for requests for premium processing.  The current premium processing fee is $1,225, and the new fee will be $1,410.  The effective date is October 1, 2018. ...

How Trump is changing the face of legal immigration

By Abigail Hauslohner and Andrew Ba Tran, The Washington Post As the national immigration debate swirls around the effort to discourage illegal immigration by separating families at the border, the Trump administration is making inroads into another longtime priority: reducing...

Volume of H1-B tech visas drop in SA, but demand for help remains high

Companies are still banking on using foreign-born employees for technology jobs in San Antonio, though there were fewer H-1B requests on file for roles to start from June through December, federal records show. In San Antonio, the number of labor certification applications, filed...

Limited Work Visas Limit Economic Growth

By Matthew Myers, Attorney During a time of historically low unemployment rates, U.S. employers are struggling to find available, qualified workers in the United States.  Even when employers identify an available, qualified worker from another country, outdated immigration laws...

FY-2019 H-1B Lottery Complete – USCIS to Begin Adjudicating Accepted Petitions, Returning Rejected Ones

On April 12, 2018, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the USCIS had completed the “lottery” to select the H-1B cap petitions to be allocated H-1B visa numbers under the 20,000 Master’s Cap and the 65,000 Regular H-1B Cap. USCIS will now begin the...

FY-2019 H-1B Cap Reached

On April 6, 2018, 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 2019 (October 1, 2018, through...

UNITED KINGDOM – Tier 2 (General) Work Visa Scheme Oversubscribed for Second Consecutive Month

The Tier 2 (General) visa scheme is a points-based system for skilled employees who do not qualify as an intra company transferee. After the Tier 2 (General) quota first overdrew in December 2017, the quota was once again oversubscribed in January 2018. Under the Tier 2 scheme,...

As Trump Tightens Legal Immigration, Canada Woos Tech Firms

By Liz Robbins, The New York Times A Flatiron district artificial intelligence start-up was recently looking to expand, adding new engineers who happened to know a niche computer language. The people it hired hail from Morocco, Belarus, France, Georgia and Canada. But they are...

Without New Laws or Walls, Trump Presses the Brake on Legal Immigration

By Miriam Jordan, The New York Times The Cleveland Clinic has faced challenges securing visas for foreign-born specialists, one of many employers affected by President Trump’s tougher approach toward immigration. Credit T.J. Kirkpatrick for The New York Times A scientist...

Trump Administration Poised to Eliminate H-4 EAD Program

In response to President Trump’s Executive Memorandum detailing a “Buy American, Hire American” policy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has scrutinized petitions and applications for immigrant benefits more heavily and has evaluated ways to eliminate various...
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