November 2018 Visa Bulletin Issued Nov01

November 2018 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its November 2018 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there were nearly no advancements for any priority dates except for EB-2 China and EB-3 Philippines. EB-1-Worldwide: China:                      Priority date of June 1, 2016 (No advancement) India:...

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December 2018 Visa Bulletin Issued Dec01

December 2018 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its December 2018 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there were steady advancements for all priority dates. EB-1-Worldwide: China:                      Priority date of September 1, 2016 (Advancement of 92 days) India:                      ...

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January 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued Dec17

January 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its January 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there were steady advancements for all priority dates. EB-1-Worldwide: China:                      Priority date of December 15, 2016 (Advancement of 105 days) India:                      ...

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How to Prepare for the FY 2020 H-1B Cap Season Dec20

How to Prepare for the FY 2020 H-1B Cap Season

As mentioned in a , the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is currently reviewing a proposal to make significant changes to the H-1B cap process for FY 2020. These proposed changes may include a new filing system that requires a pre-registration, a brief filing period, a waiting list, and prioritizing advanced...

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February 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued Jan16

February 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its February 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there were steady advancements for all priority dates. EB-1-Worldwide: China:                      Priority date of February 8, 2017 (Advancement of 56 days) India:                      ...

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USCIS Opens Premium Processing for Pending FY 2019 H-1B Cap Cases Jan30

USCIS Opens Premium Processing for Pending FY 2019 H-1B Cap Cases

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will be cases starting on Monday, January 28. for FY 2019 H-1B cap cases and was expected to remain suspended through February 19, 2019. Premium processing remains suspended for H-1B change of employer, amendment, and non-cap subject change of statu...

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DHS Announces Changes to the H-1B Cap Feb01

DHS Announces Changes to the H-1B Cap

On Thursday, January 31, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that will make significant changes to the H-1B cap process. As mentioned in a , the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has been working on a proposal to make changes to the H-1B cap process. What’s Changing...

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DHS May Publish Proposal to Rescind H-4 Employment Authorization Feb06

DHS May Publish Proposal to Rescind H-4 Employment Authorization

Since March 2015, the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) program for spouses of H-1B beneficiaries (H-4) has been in place, offering H-4 spousal work authorization. However, in early 2017, the Trump Administration announced its intentions to review and reconsider the H-4 EAD program. Prior to that date, in April 2015, a group...

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U.S. State Department Reducing H and L Visa Interview Locations in China Feb06

U.S. State Department Reducing H and L Visa Interview Locations in China

Beginning on March 1, 2019, the : the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, and the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai. As such, H and L visa interviews will no longer be conducted at the U.S. Consulates located in Chengdu or Shenyang. The reduction of the number of locations where H and L visa interviews are conducted...

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Reminder: FY 2020 H-1B Cap Begins on April 1, 2019 Feb13

Reminder: FY 2020 H-1B Cap Begins on April 1, 2019

The H-1B cap season for fiscal year 2020 will begin on Monday, April 1, 2019. As expected in previous years, the H-1B cap demand is anticipated to be high this cap season as well. How can H-1B employers prepare for this H-1B cap season? H-1B employers should reach out to their business immigration law firm, suc...

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