President Trump Signs FY 2019 Spending Bill
After a government shutdown that lasted for 35 days, President Trump signed a fiscal year 2019 spending bill on February 15, 2019 that was passed by Congress.
Specifically regarding immigration, the spending bill provided funding for the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, and other federal agencies through Sept...
USCIS Will Implement Revised Edition of Form I-539
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that it will implement a revised edition of Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status beginning on March 11, 2019.
The revised Form I-539 will require the following:
Every co-applicant included on the primary applicant’s Form I-539 mu...
Proposal to Rescind H-4 Employment Authorization Under Review
As mentioned in a previous , in April 2015, a group of tech workers formed by Americans who were employed at Southern California Edison filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief and a motion for preliminary injunction staying the implementation of the United States Citizenship Service's (USCIS) final rule on employment ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
USCIS Considers Closing Offices Abroad
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is considering closing its international offices in the coming months. If this happens, it is likely that USCIS would shift its international office workload to domestic offices in the U.S. and U.S. embassies and consulates abroad.
The closing of USCIS's international ...
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...
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...