The Department of State Releases Their Visa Bulletin For October 2020
As a result of COVID-19 and the closings of U.S. embassies and USCIS for long periods of time, the USCIS and DOS approved far fewer permanent residence applications (“Green Cards”) in FY2020. As a result, the start of the new fiscal year, FY2021, has heralded a unique window of opportunity for many clients to file an adjustment o...
Premium Processing Breaking News
On September 30, 2020 the President signed H.R. 8337, the Continuing Appropriations Act 2021 and Other Extensions Act, part of which seeks to address USCIS’s budget shortfall. Part of the act addresses Premium Processing fees. Note that while the law takes effect immediately, the increased fees and expanded availability of premiu...
Diversity Visa Lottery Registration for FY 2022
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) will begin accepting online registrations for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Diversity Visa lottery beginning on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at noon Eastern and ending on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at noon Eastern.
The Diversity Visa lottery program for FY 2022 will make up to 55,000 green card numbers...
DOL and DHS Publish Interim Rules Regarding Wage Requirements and Regulatory Criteria for H-1B
The Department of Labor (DOL) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have published two new interim rules, changing wage requirements for employment-based visas as well as regulatory criteria for adjudicating H-1B petitions.
The first (wage requirements) will be effective October 8, 2020 – for both new and ...
DHS Proposes Significant Changes to H-1B Cap Selection Process
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is to the Federal Register to amend regulations that govern the process by which the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) selects H-1B cap-subject petitions.
If this rule is finalized, USCIS would replace the random selection process (the "H-1B lottery") with a proce...
U.S. District Court Strikes Down H-1B Visa Restrictions
A federal judge threw out two rules by the Trump administration that limited the number of visas that are made available to skilled foreign workers.
The Tuesday from U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White, dismisses changes the administration announced in October 2020 to the H-1B visa program, which included salary requirements on f...
Department of Labor Issues Implementation Guidance After Prevailing Wage Interim Final Rule Blocked
Last Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White's dismissed changes the administration announced in October 2020 to the H-1B visa program, which included salary requirements on firms that employed skilled workers from overseas and placed new limits on specialty occupations.
As a result, the Department of Labor (DOL) on how the...
DHS Issues Final Rule Regarding H-1B Cap Lottery
On January 8, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that replaces the H-1B cap lottery system with a system that allocated H-1B visa numbers according to the Department of Labor's Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) four level wage system. The final rule would thereby prioritize foreign nationals whose offered salarie...
USCIS Announces FY 2022 H-1B Cap Electronic Registration Period
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is delaying the effective date of the until Dec. 31, 2021. What this means is that USCIS will apply the regulations currently in place (i.e. random selection) to the initial registration period, and, any subseq...
DHS Withdraws Biometrics Rule Proposal
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has withdrawn a that would have expanded DHS authorities and requirements for collecting biometrics. The proposed rule would have removed age restrictions, thereby requiring submission of biometrics for every applicant, petitioner, sponsor, beneficiary, or other individual filing for or...