President Trump Signs FY 2019 Spending Bill
After a government shutdown that lasted for 35 days, President Trump signed a fiscal year 2019 spending bill on February 15, 2019 that was passed by Congress.
Specifically regarding immigration, the spending bill provided funding for the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, and other federal agencies through Sept...
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...
March 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued
The Department of State (DOS) has issued its March 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there were steady advancements for all priority dates.
China: Priority date of February 22, 2017 (Advancement of 14 days)
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
Temporary End to the Partial Government Shutdown
The United States Senate and House of Representatives passed a spending measure that temporarily ended the partial government shutdown through February 15, 2019.
As mentioned in , a handful of by the partial government shutdown. With this temporary spending measure, functions that lapsed due to the shutdown, including the E-Verif...
USCIS Launches Online Fee Calculator to Curb Incorrect Fee Payments
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched a new to provide assistance in calculating fee amounts when filing forms with USCIS using an agency lockbox facility. A list of forms that are processed at USCIS lockbox facilities can be found .
The Online Fee Calculator was created to help reduce the am...