USCIS: “Cap-Gap” Work Authorization is Only Valid Through September 30 Oct11

USCIS: “Cap-Gap” Work Authorization is Only Valid Through September 30

foreign nationals who currently have F-1 status with a pending H-1B petition on October 1, 2018 are at risk of accruing unlawful presence if they continue to work on or after October 1 because their “cap-gap” work authorization is only valid through September 30. What is the Under current USCIS regulations, a...

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USCIS Revises Guidance on Validity Period of Form I-693 Oct24

USCIS Revises Guidance on Validity Period of Form I-693

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is for the validity period of . Generally, all applicants who file for an adjustment of status to a lawful permanent resident are required to submit a Form I-693 that is completed by a designated civil surgeon. In particular, Form I-693 is used to determine if an applican...

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H-1B Cap Pre-Registration and Other Proposals Oct24

H-1B Cap Pre-Registration and Other Proposals

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is making steps towards creating a pre-registration system for the H-1B cap selection process, as well as other changes to the entire H-1B cap system. At this time, the draft regulation has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, which is the...

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Proposed Changes to H-1B and H-4 Oct24

Proposed Changes to H-1B and H-4

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) have released their fall 2018 regulatory agendas. If finalized and implemented, the H-1B and H-4 programs will be significantly impacted. The followings are key items on the fall 2018 regulatory agendas related to the H-1B and H-4 programs: ...

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USCIS Expansion of Information Services Modernization Program Nov02

USCIS Expansion of Information Services Modernization Program

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will expand its Information Services Modernization Program to key field offices across the country beginning on November 13, 2018. The purpose of the Information Services Modernization Program is to implement improvements to online tools so that appli...

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USCIS Continues to Implement New Policy Memorandum on Notices to Appear Nov09

USCIS Continues to Implement New Policy Memorandum on Notices to Appear

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continues to implement the . This new guidance – which has gradually been implemented over the past several months – 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 a...

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H-1B Cap Change Proposals Receive Preliminary Approval Nov29

H-1B Cap Change Proposals Receive Preliminary Approval

In a , our office noted that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is making steps towards creating a pre-registration system for the H-1B cap selection process, as well as other changes to the entire H-1B cap process.  Here is an update. A proposal to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) was reviewe...

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Clarifications on L-1 One-Year Foreign Employment Requirement Dec04

Clarifications on L-1 One-Year Foreign Employment Requirement

On November 15, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a  that provided clarification regarding the one-year foreign employment requirement for the L-1 nonimmigrant classification. The L-1 nonimmigrant classification allows an employer to transfer an executive or manager () or an employee w...

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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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