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...

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing For FY-2019 H-1B CAP Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the agency will resume premium processing today, Monday, January 28, 2019, for all fiscal year 2019 (FY-2019) H-1B Cap petitions. This includes both Regular Cap and Master’s Cap petitions that were filed in April...

4 Crucial Steps to Prepare for H-1B Filing Season

By Delisa Bressler, Partner It’s late-January, and now it’s time to turn our attention to the upcoming H-1B filing season. Each year new H-1B visas are limited by quota to 65,000, plus an additional 20,000 for candidates who hold advanced degrees from U.S. universities. Because...

H-1B Season is Rapidly Approaching – Plan Now For Filing New H-1B Petitions for CIS Receipt On April 1, 2019 or no later than the First Week of April

Employers should assess their need for cap-subject H-1B visas and begin preparation of H-1B petitions now, in advance of the filing receipt deadline for the first week of April, April 1-5. In less than three months, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) will begin...

New Year, Old Immigration Woes

By Delisa Bressler, Partner It’s a new year, and so many of us want to embrace new things – a new attitude, a new commitment to organization, a new diet or exercise plan, new immigration reform? Despite our desire to start fresh our elected leaders continue to give us more of the...

Trump Administration Proposes Electronic Registration for H-1B Lottery Before Filing Petitions

On Monday, December 3, 2018, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register, proposing to introduce an electronic registration requirement and a change in the lottery process for H-1B petitions filed under the...

“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...
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