USCIS Postpones Implementation of Guidance on Notices to Appear Aug03

USCIS Postpones Implementation of Guidance on Notices to Appear

Previously, that the United States and Immigration Services (USCIS) provided regarding issuances of Notices to Appear (NTA). Specifically, this new guidance stated that USCIS officers would issue NTAs for a wider range of cases where the individual is removable and there is evidence of fraud, criminal activity, or where the applica...

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New Guidance for No Request for Evidence or Notice of Intent to Deny Jul16

New Guidance for No Request for Evidence or Notice of Intent to Deny

On July 13, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provided a According to this new guidance, effective September 11, 2018, USCIS adjudicators will have full discretion to deny applications, petitions, and requests without first receiving a Request for Evidence (RFE) or a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID),...

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Notices to Appear and Harsh Consequences Possible for H and L Holders Jul16

Notices to Appear and Harsh Consequences Possible for H and L Holders

According to a recent USCIS will greatly expand its mandate for issuing NTAs without first consulting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). USCIS officers will now issue NTAs and thereby place individuals in removal proceedings upon the denial of an application or petition for immigration benefits if the individual is deemed re...

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USCIS Issues New Guidance on Notices to Appear Jul12

USCIS Issues New Guidance on Notices to Appear

On June 28, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provided This new guidance 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 activity, or where an applicant is denied an immigration benefit and is unla...

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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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