Preliminary Instructions for USCIS’s New H-1B Cap Registration System
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) new online system for H-1B cap registration will soon be open. Prospective H-1B cap employers must take steps to set up an account in the USCIS system once the account creation function becomes available starting next week. This account creation must be complete before H...
March 2020 Visa Bulletin Issued
The Department of State (DOS) has issued its March 2020 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there were significant retrogressions for EB-3 all chargeability areas except for China and India.
China: Priority date of June 1, 2017 (Advancement of 11 days)
Form I-9 Verification During EAD Production Delays
The production of certain Employment Authorization Documents (Form I-766, EAD) is delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, USCIS has confirmed that employees may use Form I-797, Notice of Action with a notice date on or after December 1, 2019 through and including August 20, 2020 informing an applicant of approval of Form I-7...
Department of Labor Rule Expected to Raise Prevailing Wage Minimums
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is reviewing a Department of Labor (DOL) rule that is seeking to make a restructuring to the wage level system to establish prevailing wage minimums in the H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 and PERM programs.
The regulation is expected to increase the prevailing wage minimum requirements for the H-1B, ...
USCIS Expected to Implement Public Charge Rule Again
On Friday, September 18, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that a lower court did not have the authority to enjoin the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from enforcing its public charge rule during the COVID-19 pandemic. This ruling is pursuant to a recent Supreme Court decision that DHS may enforce the...