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 ...
March 2020 Visa Bulletin Issued
The Department of State (DOS) has issued its March 2020 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there were significant retrogressions for EB-3 all chargeability areas except for China and India.
China: Priority date of June 1, 2017 (Advancement of 11 days)
Preliminary Instructions for USCIS’s New H-1B Cap Registration System
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) new online system for H-1B cap registration will soon be open. Prospective H-1B cap employers must take steps to set up an account in the USCIS system once the account creation function becomes available starting next week. This account creation must be complete before H...
Federal District Judge Issues Permanent Injunction Regarding Unlawful Presence Rules for Students and Exchange Visitors
On February 6, 2020, a federal district court judge issued a permanent injunction that prohibits the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from implementing a new policy that made it so F, J, and M nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors and their dependents would automatically begin to accrue unlawful presen...
DHS’s New Public Charge Rule to Take Effect on February 24, 2020
Starting on February 24, 2020, a regulation will take effect that broadens the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) authority to determine if a foreign national will become a public charge of the U.S. and expands the inquiry to nonimmigrants seeking an extension of status or change of status. Following a Supre...
Register for a Webinar on the H-1B Cap Registration Process
You are invited to an online webinar on the H-1B Cap registration process on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 3:00 pm Pacific Time.
The webinar will go for 45 minutes and we will allocate an additional 10 minutes for Q&A.
February 2020 Visa Bulletin Issued
The Department of State (DOS) has issued its February 2020 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there was no advancement for EB-1 China and India and EB-2 China.
China: Priority date of May 22, 2017 (No Advancement)
Up To Date Information About H-1B Cap For FY 2021
Below, you will find the most up to date information about the H-1B Cap for FY 2021. Please check back for recurring updates.
Last Updated: 01/16/2020
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on January 9, 2020, that the Registration for H-1B CAP subject petitions will open on March 1...
USCIS Announces Early Details on H-1B Cap Registration
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has regarding the H-1B cap registration process for fiscal year (FY) 2021. The H-1B cap registration process will require employers seeking to file H-1B cap cases to first register online to enter the H-1B lottery. If an H-1B registration is selected by USCIS during the ...
Congress Passes FY 2020 Spending Bills
After passing two temporary spending measures, Congress has passed two bills that will fund the federal government through fiscal year (FY) 2020, which ends on September 30, 2020. The bills include funding for immigration operations.
E-Verify, the Conrad 30 waiver program, and the special immigrant non-minister religious worker pr...