New Presidential Memorandum Seeks to Tighten B-1/B-2 Visitor Visa Enforcement
A new directs the Department of State (DOS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide recommendations to tighten B-1 and B-2 visitor visa enforcement.
Specifically, the Memorandum directs DOS and DHS to do the following:
Recommendations regarding Visa Waiver Program: Within 180 days of the...
June 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued
The Department of State (DOS) has issued its June 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there was a large retrogression for EB-1 for India.
China: Priority date of February 22, 2017 (No Advancement)
India: Priority d...
July 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued
The Department of State (DOS) has issued its July 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there was an advancement for EB-1 India after a retrogression last month, and EB-3 Philippines is now current.
China: Priority date of May 8, 2017 (Advancement of 75 days)
Proposed H-1B Cap Registration Fee Currently Under Federal Review
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has submitted a proposal to impose a fee on employers who register for the H-1B cap starting next year.
Under current rules, an employer that submits an H-1B cap petition is subject to the following fees:
Form I-129 filing fee: $460
H-1B Training and Education Fee:...
House Passes Bill Aiming to Eliminate Per-Country Green Card Cap
On July 10, 2019, the House passed a bill that would eliminate the per-country cap on green cards, which would mean that the amount of time any new applicant waits for a green card would be equalized, regardless of where the applicant was born.
Under current regulations, the green card cap limits a maximum of 7% of total employmen...
August 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued
The Department of State (DOS) has issued its August 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there is a significant backlog worldwide for EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3.
China: Priority date of July 1, 2016 (Regression of 312 days)
Data From USCIS Shows Increase of H-1B Denials in 2019
According to the , H-1B denials have skyrocketed since fiscal year (FY) 2015. Analyzing data from , NFAP found that denial rates for new H-1B petitions have quadrupled between FY 2015 and FY 2018, and the trend is increasing for the first quarter of FY 2019.
Increased Denials of Initial H-1B Petitions
Form I-539 No Longer Eligible for “Courtesy” Premium Processing
As noted in a , the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, and a new Form I-539A, Supplemental Information for Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status in March 2019. Starting on March 22, 2019, USCIS began to only accept the...
September 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued; EB-3 Categories Made Immediately Unavailable
The Department of State (DOS) has issued its September 2019 Visa Bulletin, which has been reproduced below. However, during the Department of State Liaison Committee's August 16, 2019 monthly check-in with Charlie Oppenheim, the committee was made aware that the entire EB-3 category has immediately been made unavailable for t...
USCIS Completes Return of Unselected H-1B Cap Petitions for FY 2020
On August 15, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that it has finished returning all H-1B petitions that were unselected for the FY 2020 cap. Petitioners should receive their returned petitions with filing fee checks by August 29, 2019.
Meanwhile, USCIS continues to adjudicate pending H-1B cap cas...