H-1B visa fraud: Feds indict Sunnyvale man for bringing in 600 workers illegally

In a sign of the continuing crackdown on H-1B visa fraud, a Sunnyvale man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for an alleged scheme to illegally bring in 600 foreign workers to Silicon Valley over the past decade. Kishore Kumar Kavuru, 46, billed himself as a “staffing...

H-1B: Big Tech pushes back against ‘dramatic increase’ in visa denials

President Donald Trump’s crackdown on the controversial H-1B visa is wreaking havoc on U.S. employers, says a group whose members include many of Silicon Valley’s largest technology firms. In a letter to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration and the Department of Homeland Security,...

October 2018 Visa Bulletin – Return from Retrogression & Earlier Acceptance of AOS Filings

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for October 2018, which reflected the return from retrogression for the EB-2, EB-3, and Other Workers categories, and forward progress but continued backlog in the EB-1 category. Earlier Dates for Filing AOS...

Expansion of Premium Processing Suspension for H-1B Petitions

On Tuesday, August 28, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) announced that the suspension of premium processing for H-1B cap petitions would be extended from the original date of September 11, 2018, through the estimated date of February 19, 2019.  Additionally,...

H-1B visa-reliant Cisco ‘secured visas for foreign workers instead of hiring U.S. citizens’: report

Federal investigators found San Jose tech giant Cisco discriminated against American workers by favoring visa-carrying foreign nationals, according to a new report. The U.S. Department of Labor concluded that Cisco “secured visas for foreign workers instead of hiring U.S....

Investors worry US ‘visas to millionaires’ program may soon be overhauled

By Gauri Bhatia, CNBC A popular, yet controversial U.S. immigration program that grants “visas to millionaires” is feeling the heat, weeks before it is up for renewal. On Sept. 30, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program – under which foreigners have invested billions of...

Skilled Visa Denials Spiked in Late 2017, Report Finds

Law360 (July 27, 2018, 5:45 PM EDT) — The Trump administration has denied or questioned more visas for highly skilled immigrant workers since President Donald Trump signed his “Buy American and Hire American” executive order last year, a policy report released Wednesday has...

USCIS Policy Change on RFE’s and Starting Removal “Deportation” Proceedings

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued two new Policy Memoranda that change the way the agency will approach the issuance of Requests for Further Evidence (RFE), Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID), and Notices to Appear (NTA) initiating removal...

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...

June 2018 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for June 2018, reflecting minor progress of only four (4) days for EB-2 India and only one (1) week for EB-5 China and EB-5 Vietnam, along with no change in the other countries and preference categories. The...
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