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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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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How to Prepare for the FY 2020 H-1B Cap Season Dec20

How to Prepare for the FY 2020 H-1B Cap Season

As mentioned in a , the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is currently reviewing a proposal to make significant changes to the H-1B cap process for FY 2020. These proposed changes may include a new filing system that requires a pre-registration, a brief filing period, a waiting list, and prioritizing advanced...

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USCIS Opens Premium Processing for Pending FY 2019 H-1B Cap Cases Jan30

USCIS Opens Premium Processing for Pending FY 2019 H-1B Cap Cases

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will be cases starting on Monday, January 28. for FY 2019 H-1B cap cases and was expected to remain suspended through February 19, 2019. Premium processing remains suspended for H-1B change of employer, amendment, and non-cap subject change of statu...

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DHS Announces Changes to the H-1B Cap Feb01

DHS Announces Changes to the H-1B Cap

On Thursday, January 31, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that will make significant changes to the H-1B cap process. As mentioned in a , the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has been working on a proposal to make changes to the H-1B cap process. What’s Changing...

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DHS May Publish Proposal to Rescind H-4 Employment Authorization Feb06

DHS May Publish Proposal to Rescind H-4 Employment Authorization

Since March 2015, the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) program for spouses of H-1B beneficiaries (H-4) has been in place, offering H-4 spousal work authorization. However, in early 2017, the Trump Administration announced its intentions to review and reconsider the H-4 EAD program. Prior to that date, in April 2015, a group...

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U.S. State Department Reducing H and L Visa Interview Locations in China Feb06

U.S. State Department Reducing H and L Visa Interview Locations in China

Beginning on March 1, 2019, the : the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, and the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai. As such, H and L visa interviews will no longer be conducted at the U.S. Consulates located in Chengdu or Shenyang. The reduction of the number of locations where H and L visa interviews are conducted...

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Reminder: FY 2020 H-1B Cap Begins on April 1, 2019 Feb13

Reminder: FY 2020 H-1B Cap Begins on April 1, 2019

The H-1B cap season for fiscal year 2020 will begin on Monday, April 1, 2019. As expected in previous years, the H-1B cap demand is anticipated to be high this cap season as well. How can H-1B employers prepare for this H-1B cap season? H-1B employers should reach out to their business immigration law firm, suc...

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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Filed on or Before December 21, 2018 Feb15

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Filed on or Before December 21, 2018

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that it will resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018. Back on September 11, 2018, that it was extending a previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing for H-1B cap petitions and expanding the suspension...

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