USCIS New Policy on Accrual of Unlawful Presence by Students and Exchange Visitors May23

USCIS New Policy on Accrual of Unlawful Presence by Students and Exchange Visitors

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is changing how it calculates unlawful presence for F-1, J-1, and M-1 nonimmigrants and their dependents. These changes are designed to clarify how USCIS implements the unlawful presence grounds of inadmissibility.  In particular, individuals in F, J, or M status who fail to mai...

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MAY 2018 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED May02

MAY 2018 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its May 2018 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there was no advancement for the priority dates for EB-1 for China and India since a retrogression from the April 2018 Visa Bulletin. EB-1-Worldwide:    Priority dates are current, except: China:     ...

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H-1B Specialty Occupation Trend for FY 2019 and Suggestions for Employees and Recent Graduates Apr23

H-1B Specialty Occupation Trend for FY 2019 and Suggestions for Employees and Recent Graduates

Ever since the new administration came to office, a higher level of scrutiny has been applied to H-1B visas by USCIS through increasingly frequent Request For Evidence (RFE) and close scrutiny over wage level 1 positions. On April 11, USCIS conducted two lotteries for H-1B cap cases filed for FY 2019, and has begun to send out rec...

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Likelihood of FY2019 Lottery Selection Apr18

Likelihood of FY2019 Lottery Selection

USCIS has reached the H-1B Cap for the Fiscal Year of 2019.  This year, 190,098 H-1B petitions were filed – an approximate 4.5% decrease from last year’s 199,000 filings and still significantly fewer than the record 236,000 H-1B petitions that were filed in 2016.  In other words, the number of H-1B filed for the last three (3) ...

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APRIL 2018 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED Apr01

APRIL 2018 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its April 2018 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there was a retrogression for the priority dates for EB-1 for China and India. There continues to be a steady advancement for the priority dates for EB-2 for China and India and for the priority dates for EB-3 for China, India, and the Philippines. ...

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MARCH 2018 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED Mar01

MARCH 2018 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its March 2018 Visa Bulletin. There continues to be a steady advancement for the priority dates for EB-2 for China and India and for the priority dates for EB-3 for China, India, and the Philippines. EB-1-Worldwide:    Priority dates are current. EB-2-Worldwide:...

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New Policy on H-1B Third Party Placement Feb26

New Policy on H-1B Third Party Placement

On February 22nd, the USCIS issued a new policy memo on 3rd party placement. The new guidelines have immediate effect and will apply to this year’s H-1B cap petitions as well as H-1B extension requests. Generally speaking, petitioners planning third-party placements of H-1B empl...

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FEBRUARY 2018 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED Feb01

FEBRUARY 2018 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its February 2018 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there has been steady advancement for the priority dates for EB-2 for China and India and for the priority dates for EB-3 for China, India, and the Philippines. EB-1-Worldwide:    Priority dates are current. EB-2-Worldwi...

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The H-1b Visa Under Attack by the Trump Administration Jan02

The H-1b Visa Under Attack by the Trump Administration

The following is based on an article in the San Francisco Chronicle Foreign Nationals who were once considered solid candidates for an H-1B visa — those with multiple degrees, high salaries offered by major tech companies – are receiving extra scrutiny and delays on their applications. Thousands are also getting denied, pro...

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JANUARY 2018 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED Jan01

JANUARY 2018 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its January 2018 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there has been steady advancement for the priority dates for EB-2 and EB-3 for China and India. The priority dates for EB-1 worldwide have remained current since the October 2017 Visa Bulletin. EB-1-Worldwide:    Priority dates are...

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