Register for a Webinar on the H-1B Cap Registration Process Feb01

Register for a Webinar on the H-1B Cap Registration Process

You are invited to an online webinar on the H-1B Cap registration process on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 3:00 pm Pacific Time. The webinar will go for 45 minutes and we will allocate an additional 10 minutes for Q&A. ...

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DHS’s New Public Charge Rule to Take Effect on February 24, 2020 Feb07

DHS’s New Public Charge Rule to Take Effect on February 24, 2020

Starting on February 24, 2020, a regulation will take effect that broadens the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) authority to determine if a foreign national will become a public charge of the U.S. and expands the inquiry to nonimmigrants seeking an extension of status or change of status. Following a Supre...

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Federal District Judge Issues Permanent Injunction Regarding Unlawful Presence Rules for Students and Exchange Visitors Feb14

Federal District Judge Issues Permanent Injunction Regarding Unlawful Presence Rules for Students and Exchange Visitors

On February 6, 2020, a federal district court judge issued a permanent injunction that prohibits the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from implementing a new policy that made it so F, J, and M nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors and their dependents would automatically begin to accrue unlawful presen...

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Preliminary Instructions for USCIS’s New H-1B Cap Registration System Feb21

Preliminary Instructions for USCIS’s New H-1B Cap Registration System

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) new online system for H-1B cap registration will soon be open. Prospective H-1B cap employers must take steps to set up an account in the USCIS system once the account creation function becomes available starting next week. This account creation must be complete before H...

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March 2020 Visa Bulletin Issued Feb21

March 2020 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its March 2020 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there were significant retrogressions for EB-3 all chargeability areas except for China and India. EB-1-Worldwide: China:                      Priority date of June 1, 2017 (Advancement of 11 days) India...

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Significant Changes in Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing Requirements Feb28

Significant Changes in Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing Requirements

Unfortunately, because the U.S. Supreme Court recently lifted the preliminary injunctions that had blocked the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule (the so-called “Wealth-Test”) from going into effect, both the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Department of State (DOS) implemented new ...

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H-1B Cap Registration: Overview of the Submission Process Feb28

H-1B Cap Registration: Overview of the Submission Process

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will open the H-1B cap registration period on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at noon ET an...

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April 2020 Visa Bulletin Issued Mar13

April 2020 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its April 2020 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, while there were slight advancements for EB-1 and EB-2, there were no advancements to EB-3 for all chargeability areas except for China and India. EB-1-Worldwide: China:                      Priority date of June 8, ...

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USCIS Announces Suspension of Premium Processing Mar20

USCIS Announces Suspension of Premium Processing

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on March 20, 2020 that premium processing service for all Form I-129 and I-140 petitions will be immediately suspended until further notice due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). ...

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Immigration Changes Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Mar20

Immigration Changes Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in several recent changes that will impact immigration policy in the United States. . The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on March 20, 2020 that premium processing service for all Form I-129 and I-140 petitions will be immediately susp...

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