HAPPY NEW YEAR – IMMIGRATION PREDICTIONS FOR 2016

IMMIGRATION PREDICTIONS FOR 2016 There will undoubtedly be an H-1b Lottery in April 2016, for fiscal year 2017. Although President Obama recently signed a bill to increase fees by 50% for companies with at least 50 employees consisting of 50% or more working under L-1 or H1B status, this is not pred...

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Increase in L-1 and H-1B fees

From August 2010 to September 2015, there were additional H-1B and L-1 fees for companies applying for H-1B or L-1 visas if they employ over 50 full-time employees and over 50% of their current employees were in H-1B or L-1 status. On December 18, 2015, due to the 2016 fiscal budget, these additional fees are expected to rise from $2...

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Renewing a Drivers License while on H-1B

In many states, an H-1B employee’s drivers’ license is linked to the validity of their current H-1B expiration date. Often enough an H-1B employee will have an extension filed on his/her behalf without premium processing and realize after a few months while his/her petition is pending that their driver’s license is going to exp...

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Obama’s Immigration Act Reform Bill DAPA to the Supreme Court

In November 2014, the Executive Order that will protect more than 4 million illegal immigrations from deportation was announced. Should this order be carried out, illegal immigrants, specifically parents of U.S. citizens or perma...

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Visa Bulletin for March 2016

The United States Department of State has recently published Visa Bulletin for March 2016 which include availability of family-based and employment-based imm...

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H-1B Cap Reminder

There are only six (6) weeks before the start of the FY 2017 H-1B Cap filing season and to ensure timely filing, it is recommended that employers start submitting LCAs and gathering the necessary documents AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Last year, USCIS received a record number of 233,000 cap petitions and it is likely that the numbers will b...

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Revision of the Visa Waiver Program

Although it is probably already well known to everyone, the U.S. government has revised the visa waiver program with changes effective on January 26, 2016.  These revision and enforcement of the changes to the Visa Waiver Program were made to under the Visa...

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New U.S. Rule Extends Stay for Some Foreign Graduates

The U.S. government will publish the rule on Friday(March 11, 2016), enabling international students earning degrees in STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in the U.S. be eligible to stay for up to three years of on-the-job training. This will replace the 2008 rule for ...

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DHS Pilots Know Employer Program

In January 2015, as part of the White House’s 2015 , the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it is testing a new , which ultimately aims to streamline the adjudication of some employment-based benefit requests.  Similar to the L-1 Blanket program, under the Known Employer Pilot...

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Amended Regulations on Optional Practical Training (OPT) for Students with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Degrees.

On March 11, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published amended regulations on OPT for International Students with STEM Degrees. The amended regulations will allow F-1 STEM students to be able to extend their OPT for an additional 24 months beyond the initial 12 months....

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