USCIS Resumes Premium Processing For All H-1B Petitions March 12, 2019

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed premium processing for all H-1B petitions. As of Tuesday, March 12, 2019, all H-1B petitions may be upgraded to premium processing or filed originally with a request for premium processing.  In recent years the...

New Business Coalition, Texans for Economic Growth, and Texas Business Immigration Coalition Launch Texas Compact on Immigration

AUSTIN — Today marks the launch of Texans for Economic Growth, a coalition of 50 Texas business leaders and associations dedicated to recognizing and supporting the positive impact immigrants have on the Texas economy as business owners, taxpayers, and consumers. With its launch,...

December 2018 Visa Bulletin – Modest Forward Movement Across Most Preference Categories

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for December 2018, showing modest forward movement for all EB-1, EB-2 China and India, EB-3 India and Philippines, Other Workers China, India, and Philippines, and EB-5 China and Vietnam, with the remainder of...

November 2018 Visa Bulletin – Minor Forward Progress Only for EB-2 China, EB-3 and Other Workers Philippines, and EB-5 Vietnam

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for November 2018, which reflected minor forward progress only for EB-2 China, EB-3 and Other Workers Philippines, and EB-5 Vietnam, with the remainder of the priority dates remaining current or backlogged....

August 2018 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for August 2018, showing worldwide retrogression for the EB-1 preference category, forward progress for EB-3 and Other Workers India, and forward progress for EB-2 and EB-3 China. The Visa Bulletin shows...

U.S. Travel Ban Upheld, Case-by-Case Consultations Recommended

In its decision dated June 26, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the third version of President Trump’s Travel Ban, which was originally announced on September 24, 2017, via a Presidential Proclamation. The full name of the proclamation is “Enhancing Vetting...

July 2018 Visa Bulletin – Retrogression for EB-3 China, Significant Forward Progress for India

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for July 2018, reflecting retrogression for EB-3 China, significant forward progress for EB-2 China and India, EB-3 and Other Workers India, along with no change in the other countries and preference...

CANADA — Expansion of Biometric Collection

In April 2018, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced an upcoming expansion of the Biometrics Program, which first began in 2013 and currently requires nationals of 30 countries to submit fingerprints and a photograph when applying for a temporary resident...

May 2018 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for May 2018, reflecting modest progress for certain preference categories for China and India, continued retrogression for EB1 China and India, and no change for the remaining countries and preference...

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...
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