Federal Shutdown Averted Dec13

Federal Shutdown Averted

In light of the imminent expiration of funding for federal operations after midnight on December 7, Congress passed a short-term spending bill that will provide funding through December 21. This spending bill is now awaiting President Trump’s signature for final approval and execution. This short-term spending bill will have an ...

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The United States is Rejecting More Legal Immigrants Than Ever Before Dec13

The United States is Rejecting More Legal Immigrants Than Ever Before

In a recent , David Bier revealed demonstrating that the United States has been rejecting more legal immigrants than ever before. Data from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) demonstrates that, under the current administration, immigration application denial rates have jumped significantly to an increa...

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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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E-Verify Unavailable Due to Government Shutdown Jan03

E-Verify Unavailable Due to Government Shutdown

Due to the government shutdown, E-Verify and E-Verify services are currently unavailable. is a United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees, both U.S. or foreign citizens, to work in the U.S. At this time, employers will not be able to access th...

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USCIS Updates Advance Parole Information on Website Jan03

USCIS Updates Advance Parole Information on Website

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated its website to address international travel and pending Form I-131, Advance Parole, renewal applications. Form I-131, Advance Parole is used to apply for a re-entry permit, refugee travel document, or advance parole travel document, to include parole into the ...

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Impacts of the Government Shutdown on USCIS Jan03

Impacts of the Government Shutdown on USCIS

As of today, the United States is still under a partial federal government shutdown due to the fact that an fiscal year budget has not been agreed upon. However, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)'s fee-funded activities are not affected. USCIS offices will remain open and all individuals should attend int...

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iCERT Operational Again After Malfunction Jan08

iCERT Operational Again After Malfunction

On January 1, 2019, the Department of Labor’s (DOL)  experienced a malfunction following an unprecedented surge in H-2B temporary labor certification filings on the first day of the program's semi-annual filing period. After being offline for several days, DOL brought the iCERT system back online on January 7, 2019. iCERT is th...

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Other Immigration Impacts of the Government Shutdown Jan08

Other Immigration Impacts of the Government Shutdown

As the federal shutdown continues, most immigration functions remain operational. In a , we noted which functions of USCIS were affected by the shutdown. Until the U.S. Congress and President Trump reach an agreement on the unresolved portions of the FY 2019 federal budget or an interim measure, the shutdown will continue to impact s...

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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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