New USCIS Data Confirms Higher Rate of RFEs and Denials Mar05

New USCIS Data Confirms Higher Rate of RFEs and Denials

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released that confirms a higher rate of Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Denials between fiscal year (FY) 2015 and the first quarter of FY 2019. This data reflects adjudication patterns across the Obama and Trump Administrations, but the greatest increases occur...

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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions Mar12

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that it will be resuming Premium Processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. Back on September 11, 2018,  that it was extending a previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing for H-1B cap petitions and expanding the suspension to incl...

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USCIS Releases Revised Version of Form I-539 Mar14

USCIS Releases Revised Version of Form I-539

As mentioned in a , the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a revised version of Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status as well as a new Form I-539A Supplement. These new forms will become mandatory starting March 22, 2019. The revised Form I-539 requires the follo...

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USCIS Updates Filing Addresses for I-129 Petitions Mar15

USCIS Updates Filing Addresses for I-129 Petitions

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. Of special relevance to this fiscal year's H-1B cap season, the filing addresses for H-1B regular cap subject petitions and H-1B Master's cap petitions have been updated. As an example, USCIS indicates that H-1B r...

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USCIS Announces FY 2020 H-1B Cap Season Mar22

USCIS Announces FY 2020 H-1B Cap Season

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the fiscal year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap season and several updates and changes. As in previous years, USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2020 H-1B cap on April 1, 2019. Any H-1B cap petitions filed before this date will be automatically rejec...

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Department of Labor Imposes New Requirements for LCA Notices Mar27

Department of Labor Imposes New Requirements for LCA Notices

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) provided that imposes significant new requirements on the notice posting practices for Labor Condition Applications (LCAs). Up to this new guidance, H-1B employers have been legally required to post a notice informing affected U.S. workers of the employer's intent to hire H-1B nonimmigr...

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USCIS Will Begin Premium Processing for Certain FY 2020 H-1B Cap Cases on May 20 Apr02

USCIS Will Begin Premium Processing for Certain FY 2020 H-1B Cap Cases on May 20

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin premium processing for certain fiscal year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap cases requesting a change of status on May 20, 2019 if a petitioner concurrently files a premium processing request with the H-1B cap petition. Premium processing will be availab...

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USCIS Announces Launch of H-1B Employer Data Hub Apr02

USCIS Announces Launch of H-1B Employer Data Hub

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the launch of an that will provide information to the public about employers that are petitioning for H-1B employees. The public can use this site to search for H-1B petitioners by fiscal year (back to FY 2009), NAICS code, employer name, city, state, or ZIP...

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USCIS Reaches FY 2020 H-1B Regular Cap Apr05

USCIS Reaches FY 2020 H-1B Regular Cap

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B regular cap for fiscal year 2020. USCIS will then determine if it has received a sufficient number of petitions to meet the 20,000 H-1B U.S. master's cap....

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USCIS Completes FY 2020 H-1B Cap Selection Process and Reaches Master’s Cap Apr12

USCIS Completes FY 2020 H-1B Cap Selection Process and Reaches Master’s Cap

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it has completed the fiscal year (FY) 2020 H-1B Cap selection process and has reached the number for the U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the master's cap. On April 10, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select e...

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