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....
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...
More Information on the FY 2020 H-1B Cap Selection
As mentioned in a , the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) completed the fiscal year (FY) 2020 H-1B Cap selection process and reached the number for the U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the master's cap. Below, you will find some more information about the H-1B cap selection as well as next steps ...
Two Year Anniversary of the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order
This April marks two years since President Trump signed the executive order in 2017. Since then, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented the executive order through rules, policy memoranda, and operational changes.
The Buy American and Hire American executive order was signed with the goal ...
USCIS Provides Additional Guidance for Spousal Petitions Involving Minors
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provided about the adjudication of spousal petitions involving minors.
The guidance instructs USCIS officers to conduct an additional interview for certain I-130 spousal petitions involving a minor. In general, the bona fides nature of the spousal relationship is as...
New Presidential Memorandum Seeks to Tighten B-1/B-2 Visitor Visa Enforcement
A new directs the Department of State (DOS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide recommendations to tighten B-1 and B-2 visitor visa enforcement.
Specifically, the Memorandum directs DOS and DHS to do the following:
Recommendations regarding Visa Waiver Program: Within 180 days of the...
USCIS Temporarily Blocked from Enforcing New Unlawful Presence Rules
In August 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a that altered agency policy regarding the calculation of unlawful presence for F, J, and M nonimmigrants and their dependents. A federal district court judge has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that prevents USCIS from implementing t...
USCIS Completes Data Entry of FY 2020 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions
USCIS has completed data entry for all fiscal year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were selected in the computer-generated random selection process. USCIS will begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected and will issue an announcement once they are done notifying petitioners.
USCIS may also tran...
Visa Applicants Are Now Required to Disclose Social Media Accounts, Prior Contact Information
The Department of State is now requiring visa applicants to disclose five years of social media and contact history. These new questions related to social media use, prior email addresses, and prior phone numbers have been added to the Forms DS-160 and DS-260, the online nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications.
The questions ...
Proposed H-1B Cap Registration Fee Currently Under Federal Review
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has submitted a proposal to impose a fee on employers who register for the H-1B cap starting next year.
Under current rules, an employer that submits an H-1B cap petition is subject to the following fees:
Form I-129 filing fee: $460
H-1B Training and Education Fee:...