USCIS: Delays in Processing FY 2021 H-1B Cap Petitions Due to Coronavirus Apr17

USCIS: Delays in Processing FY 2021 H-1B Cap Petitions Due to Coronavirus

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that employers should expect a delay in the data entry and receipt notice issuance for fiscal year (FY) 2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions due to COVID-19 (coronavirus). Once USCIS commences data entry, the cases will undergo intake processing in the order they...

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USCIS: FY 2021 H-1B Cap Petitions May Be Filed Beginning April 1 Apr03

USCIS: FY 2021 H-1B Cap Petitions May Be Filed Beginning April 1

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that fiscal year (FY) 2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions may now be filed with USCIS if based on a valid selected registration. USCIS states that nearly 275,000 unique registrations were submitted during the initial registration period, which is a 37% increase f...

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USCIS Reaches FY 2021 H-1B Cap Numerical Allocations Mar27

USCIS Reaches FY 2021 H-1B Cap Numerical Allocations

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received enough electronic registrations to reach the fiscal year (FY) 2021 H-1B cap numerical allocations. USCIS has randomly selected from among the registrations that were properly submitted and intends to notify petitioners with selected registrations no later than Ma...

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USCIS: Flexibility for Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs) Mar27

USCIS: Flexibility for Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs)

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that it will be adopting a measure to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs) dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020. Any respons...

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Suspension of Routine Visa Services at U.S. Embassies and Consulates Mar24

Suspension of Routine Visa Services at U.S. Embassies and Consulates

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) is at all U.S. embassies and consulates. All routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments have been cancelled as of March 20, 2020. During this period, embassies and consulates will continue to process a limited number of visa applications on a...

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Immigration Changes Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Mar20

Immigration Changes Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in several recent changes that will impact immigration policy in the United States. . The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on March 20, 2020 that premium processing service for all Form I-129 and I-140 petitions will be immediately susp...

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USCIS Announces Suspension of Premium Processing Mar20

USCIS Announces Suspension of Premium Processing

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on March 20, 2020 that premium processing service for all Form I-129 and I-140 petitions will be immediately suspended until further notice due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). ...

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April 2020 Visa Bulletin Issued Mar13

April 2020 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its April 2020 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, while there were slight advancements for EB-1 and EB-2, there were no advancements to EB-3 for all chargeability areas except for China and India. EB-1-Worldwide: China:                      Priority date of June 8, ...

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H-1B Cap Registration: Overview of the Submission Process Feb28

H-1B Cap Registration: Overview of the Submission Process

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will open the H-1B cap registration period on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at noon ET an...

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Significant Changes in Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing Requirements Feb28

Significant Changes in Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing Requirements

Unfortunately, because the U.S. Supreme Court recently lifted the preliminary injunctions that had blocked the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule (the so-called “Wealth-Test”) from going into effect, both the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Department of State (DOS) implemented new ...

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