H-1B Visa Lottery Gets Last-Minute Overhaul in New Regulation

The lottery for H-1B skilled guestworker visas will be getting an overhaul a mere two months before it takes place. A final rule released Jan. 30 by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services switches the order that the lottery is run to maximize the number of visas awarded to...

DHS Filing Fee Increase Goes into Effect December 23, 2016

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a final rule increasing the fees for immigration benefits by a weighted average of 21%. The fee increase comes in the midst of some of the longest CIS adjudication times in recent memory, with simple H-1B extensions...

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...

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...

236,000 H-1B Cap Cases Filed – Premium Adjudications to Begin by May 16th

On April 12, 2016, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced that CIS received over 236,000 FY-2017 H-1B petitions during the filing period from April 1-7, 2016.  On April 9th, the CIS applied the required random selection process (“lottery”) to select petitions...
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