USCIS Revises Guidance on Validity Period of Form I-693 Oct24

USCIS Revises Guidance on Validity Period of Form I-693

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is for the validity period of . Generally, all applicants who file for an adjustment of status to a lawful permanent resident are required to submit a Form I-693 that is completed by a designated civil surgeon. In particular, Form I-693 is used to determine if an applican...

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Department of Labor Expected to Implement Revised LCA Oct24

Department of Labor Expected to Implement Revised LCA

The Department of Labor (DOL) is expected to implement a revised Labor Condition Application (LCA) between October 24 and October 31, 2018. The revised form will require employers to name their end-client or vendor when submitting an application for an H-1B, H-1B1, or E-3 worker who will be placed at a third-party worksite. It wil...

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H-1B Cap Pre-Registration and Other Proposals Oct24

H-1B Cap Pre-Registration and Other Proposals

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is making steps towards creating a pre-registration system for the H-1B cap selection process, as well as other changes to the entire H-1B cap system. At this time, the draft regulation has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, which is the...

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Proposed Changes to H-1B and H-4 Oct24

Proposed Changes to H-1B and H-4

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) have released their fall 2018 regulatory agendas. If finalized and implemented, the H-1B and H-4 programs will be significantly impacted. The followings are key items on the fall 2018 regulatory agendas related to the H-1B and H-4 programs: ...

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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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USCIS Expansion of Information Services Modernization Program Nov02

USCIS Expansion of Information Services Modernization Program

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will expand its Information Services Modernization Program to key field offices across the country beginning on November 13, 2018. The purpose of the Information Services Modernization Program is to implement improvements to online tools so that appli...

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USCIS Continues to Implement New Policy Memorandum on Notices to Appear Nov09

USCIS Continues to Implement New Policy Memorandum on Notices to Appear

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continues to implement the . This new guidance – which has gradually been implemented over the past several months – states that USCIS officers will now issues NTAs for a wider range of cases where the individual is removable and there is evidence of fraud, criminal a...

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H-1B Cap Change Proposals Receive Preliminary Approval Nov29

H-1B Cap Change Proposals Receive Preliminary Approval

In a , our office noted that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is making steps towards creating a pre-registration system for the H-1B cap selection process, as well as other changes to the entire H-1B cap process.  Here is an update. A proposal to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) was reviewe...

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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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Clarifications on L-1 One-Year Foreign Employment Requirement Dec04

Clarifications on L-1 One-Year Foreign Employment Requirement

On November 15, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a  that provided clarification regarding the one-year foreign employment requirement for the L-1 nonimmigrant classification. The L-1 nonimmigrant classification allows an employer to transfer an executive or manager () or an employee w...

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