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...

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DEPARTMENT OF STATE PROPOSES EXPANSION OF VISA APPLICATIONS QUESTIONS May08

DEPARTMENT OF STATE PROPOSES EXPANSION OF VISA APPLICATIONS QUESTIONS

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NEXT STEPS FOR SELECTED FY 2018 H-1B CAP PETITIONS May08

NEXT STEPS FOR SELECTED FY 2018 H-1B CAP PETITIONS

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JUNE 2017 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED May11

JUNE 2017 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PLANS TO AGGRESSIVELY CONFRONT VISA PROGRAM FRAUD AND ABUSE Jun08

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PLANS TO AGGRESSIVELY CONFRONT VISA PROGRAM FRAUD AND ABUSE

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JULY 2017 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED Jun15

JULY 2017 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its July 2017 Visa Bulletin.  Most notably, there has been a significant retrogression for the priority dates for EB-3 for China. There has also been no advancement for the priority dates for EB-1 for China and India following a significant retrogression during the June 2017 Visa Bulletin. ...

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AUGUST 2017 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED Aug03

AUGUST 2017 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its August 2017 Visa Bulletin.  Most notably, there has been a significant retrogression for the priority dates for EB-2 and EB-3 worldwide and no advancement for EB-2 for India and EB-3 for China. There has also been no advancement for the priority dates for EB-1 for China and India followi...

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Premium Processing for FY 2018 Cap Petitions Resume Sep25

Premium Processing for FY 2018 Cap Petitions Resume

On September 18, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions selected under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap. Likewise, premium processing has also resumed for the annual 20,000 petitions that are set aside for hiring workers with a U.S...

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H-1B Specialty Occupation Trend for FY 2019 and Suggestions for Employees and Recent Graduates Apr23

H-1B Specialty Occupation Trend for FY 2019 and Suggestions for Employees and Recent Graduates

Ever since the new administration came to office, a higher level of scrutiny has been applied to H-1B visas by USCIS through increasingly frequent Request For Evidence (RFE) and close scrutiny over wage level 1 positions. On April 11, USCIS conducted two lotteries for H-1B cap cases filed for FY 2019, and has begun to send out rec...

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USCIS Confirms Processing Delays for Many Application Types Jul01

USCIS Confirms Processing Delays for Many Application Types

 On June 28, 2018, Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman Julie Kirchner published her most recent annual report to Congress, revealing USCIS’ intensified anti-fraud initiatives as well as confirming processing delays for multiple applications. The Ombudsman’s Office is an independent entity, created ...

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