UPDATE: Important Events Following the Executive Order
On January 30, 2017, following President Donald Trump’s signing of the Executive Order entitled, the Attorney General of Washington State in federal court against the President, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and high-ranking Trump Administration officials on the grounds that key provisions of the Executive Order are u...
MARCH 2017 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED
The Department of State (DOS) has issued its March 2017 Visa Bulletin. For the categories that are not current, there continues to be slow advancement for EB-2 and EB-3 categories. Notably, EB-2 India has made an advancement of 1 month and 17 days after a period of no advancement since the January 2017 Visa Bulletin. Also, EB-3 I...
IMPORTANT ALERT: USCIS SUSPENDS PREMIUM PROCESSING FOR H-1B
Yesterday, USCIS announced that it will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions beginning on April 3, 2017 for as long as six months. Importantly, this suspension will even apply to all FY2018 cap-subject H-1B petitions. This includes NEW CAP H-1b CASES, Change of Employer H-1b p...
COUNSELING CAUTION WITH INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION
In light of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) recent immigration enforcement memoranda, additional scrutiny in all areas of immigration should be expected, particularly at the border. When traveling internationally, it is important for everyone to be prepared for delays when going through immigration at US airports and ...
NEWS UPDATE: REVISED EXECUTIVE ORDER
On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a newly revised Executive Order titled, The newly revised Executive Order is set to supersede the January 27, 2017 Executive Order and come into effect on March 16, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Who is affected?
Subject to the exceptions listed below, fo...
APRIL 2017 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED
The Department of State (DOS) has issued its April 2017 Visa Bulletin. For the categories that are not current, there continues to be slow advancement for EB-2 and EB-3 categories. Notably, EB-3 India has made an advancement of 2 days after a period of no advancement since the February 2017 Visa Bulletin.
USCIS ANNOUNCES MEASURES TO DETECT H-1B FRAUD AND ABUSE
Beginning on April 3, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will when visiting worksites of H-1B petitioners and H-1B employees.
As a part of an ongoing initiative to deter and detect H-1B fraud and abuse, USCIS aims to protect American workers by focusing on worksite visits where H-1B fraud and abuse...
MAY 2017 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED
The Department of State (DOS) has issued its May 2017 Visa Bulletin. For the categories that are not current, there continues to be slow advancement for EB-2 and EB-3 categories. Notably, EB-2 India has made no advancement since the April 2017 Visa Bulletin.
EB-1-Worldwide: Priority dates are current
H-1B CAP FOR FY2018 REACHED
On April 7, 2017, USCIS announced that the H-1B Cap for fiscal year 2018 had been reached. What this means is that USCIS received over 65,000 petitions for the congressionally mandated regular visa cap and over 20,000 petitions for the congressionally mandated advanced degree exemption cap.
USCIS COMPLETES DATA ENTRY OF FY 2018 H-1B CAP PETITIONS
On May 3, 2017, USCIS announced that it has completed the data entry of all fiscal year 2018 H-1B CAP petitions that were selected. All H-1B CAP petitions that were not selected will begin to be returned. Unfortunately, the high volume of H-1B CAP filings prevents USCIS from providing a definite timeframe for when to expect these pet...