New USCIS Data Confirms Higher Rate of RFEs and Denials
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released that confirms a higher rate of Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Denials between fiscal year (FY) 2015 and the first quarter of FY 2019. This data reflects adjudication patterns across the Obama and Trump Administrations, but the greatest increases occur...
USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that it will be resuming Premium Processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions.
Back on September 11, 2018, that it was extending a previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing for H-1B cap petitions and expanding the suspension to incl...
USCIS Releases Revised Version of Form I-539
As mentioned in a , the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a revised version of Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status as well as a new Form I-539A Supplement. These new forms will become mandatory starting March 22, 2019.
The revised Form I-539 requires the follo...
USCIS Updates Filing Addresses for I-129 Petitions
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. Of special relevance to this fiscal year's H-1B cap season, the filing addresses for H-1B regular cap subject petitions and H-1B Master's cap petitions have been updated.
As an example, USCIS indicates that H-1B r...
April 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued
The Department of State (DOS) has issued its April 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there were steady advancements for all priority dates except for EB-1 for China and India which saw no advancement.
China: Priority date of February 22, 2017 (No Advancement)...
USCIS Considers Closing Offices Abroad
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is considering closing its international offices in the coming months. If this happens, it is likely that USCIS would shift its international office workload to domestic offices in the U.S. and U.S. embassies and consulates abroad.
The closing of USCIS's international ...
USCIS Announces FY 2020 H-1B Cap Season
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the fiscal year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap season and several updates and changes. As in previous years, USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2020 H-1B cap on April 1, 2019. Any H-1B cap petitions filed before this date will be automatically rejec...
Department of Labor Imposes New Requirements for LCA Notices
The United States Department of Labor (DOL) provided that imposes significant new requirements on the notice posting practices for Labor Condition Applications (LCAs).
Up to this new guidance, H-1B employers have been legally required to post a notice informing affected U.S. workers of the employer's intent to hire H-1B nonimmigr...
USCIS Will Begin Premium Processing for Certain FY 2020 H-1B Cap Cases on May 20
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin premium processing for certain fiscal year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap cases requesting a change of status on May 20, 2019 if a petitioner concurrently files a premium processing request with the H-1B cap petition.
Premium processing will be availab...
USCIS Announces Launch of H-1B Employer Data Hub
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the launch of an that will provide information to the public about employers that are petitioning for H-1B employees.
The public can use this site to search for H-1B petitioners by fiscal year (back to FY 2009), NAICS code, employer name, city, state, or ZIP...