USCIS Further Extends Existing COVID-19 Accommodations on RFEs, NOIDs, Appeals, and Other Responses Jun25

USCIS Further Extends Existing COVID-19 Accommodations on RFEs, NOIDs, Appeals, and Other Responses

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is further extending its 60-day deadline extension policy for responses to various agency actions to September 30, 2021. This accommodation will continue to be available for the following: Requests for Evidence (RFEs) Notices of Intent to Deny (NO...

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The Department of State Releases Visa Bulletin For July 2021 Jun25

The Department of State Releases Visa Bulletin For July 2021

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its July 2021 Visa Bulletin. EB-1-Worldwide:     Priority dates are current EB-2-Worldwide:    Priority dates are current, except: China:                      Priority date of December 1, 2017 India...

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EB-5 Regional Center Program Set to Expire Jun10

EB-5 Regional Center Program Set to Expire

The EB-5 Regional Center Program is set to expire on June 30, 2021 unless reauthorized by Congress. In the past, the program was typically reauthorized in one-year increments. However, earlier this year, after the last program expiration, Congress took the unusual step of making a six-month extension. What this means is that the prog...

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USCIS Revises Policies to Reduce Administrative Barriers Jun10

USCIS Revises Policies to Reduce Administrative Barriers

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a set of effective immediately that are designed to reduce administrative barriers to those seeking immigration benefits. The policy revision guidance reinstates a 2013 policy in which officers are instructed to issue Requests for Evidence (RFEs) or Noti...

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The Department of State Releases Their Visa Bulletin For June 2021 May28

The Department of State Releases Their Visa Bulletin For June 2021

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its June 2021 Visa Bulletin. EB-1-Worldwide:     Priority dates are current EB-2-Worldwide:    Priority dates are current, except: China:                      Priority date of May 1, 2017 India:   ...

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DHS Withdraws Biometrics Rule Proposal May28

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...

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USCIS Announces FY 2022 H-1B Cap Electronic Registration Period Feb05

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...

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DHS Issues Final Rule Regarding H-1B Cap Lottery Jan08

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...

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Department of Labor Issues Implementation Guidance After Prevailing Wage Interim Final Rule Blocked Dec11

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...

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U.S. District Court Strikes Down H-1B Visa Restrictions Dec02

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...

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