USCIS Announcement: H-1B Master’s Cap Has Been Reached

From the USCIS: On April 10, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated regular cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption for fiscal year (FY) 2020. After completing the random selection process for the regular cap, USCIS also determined that it has received a number of …

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Nominations Due for Outstanding Dallas Area Immigrants on April 25

Presented by Scheef & Stone, LLP, the Immigrant Journey Awards program is accepting nominations of outstanding immigrants until April 25. The awards recognize the achievements and contributions of immigrant individuals as well as  businesses and organizations promoting accessibility, inclusion and full community participation of new immigrants. Everyone is encouraged to nominate extraordinary business, professional, and …

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H-1B Cap Season Alert from USCIS

WASHINGTON— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the start of the fiscal year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap season, start dates for premium processing of cap-subject H-1B petitions, and the launch of its new H-1B data hub, while reminding petitioners of its new H-1B cap selection process. These new efforts underscore the agency’s commitment …

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April 2019 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for April 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now February 1, 2018 for all nationals, except those born in India and China remain with a cutoff date of February 22, 2017. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born …

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Premium Processing is now available for all H-1B petitions

As of March 12, 2019, all H-1B petitions will be eligible for premium processing. Acccording to the USCIS recent annoucement: USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, you should include the RFE response with the premium processing request. When …

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March 2019 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for March 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now January 1, 2018 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of February 22, 2017, so there has been progress, albeit slow, in this cattegory. EB-2 and …

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Premium Processing is now available for H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018

Employers who still have pending H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018 can now request premium processing of those cases.  With this latest announcement,  only the following categories of H-1B petitions are eligible for premium processing at this time: Petitions filed by cap-exempt employers, i.e. universities, colleges, or non-profit organizations affiliated with universities …

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H-1B Visa Lottery Change Could Favor Employees with U.S. Master’s Degree or Higher

As expected, the government has significantly changed the H-1B visa rules for H-1B visa applications subject to annual numerical limitations ("H-1B cap").  The new rule (1) adds an electronic registration requirement for employers seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions, and (2) reverses the order  of selecting petitions under the H-1B cap and the advanced degree ("master's …

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Immigration 2019: A Look at the Year Ahead Webinar Recording Now Available

Are you aware of the Trump administration’s latest plans to further change legal immigration policies that will impact many foreign born professionals and their employers? Watch this informative webinar,  “Immigration 2019: A Look at the Year Ahead,” for the information you need to know to prepare for these important changes as well as current trends …

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Premium Processing is now available for last year’s pending H-1B cap cases.

Employers who still have pending H-1B cap petitions filed in April 2018 can now request premium processing of those cases.  Even though the USCIS has taken nearly a year to decide these petitions, an employer can't be sure when its petition will be processed unless it agrees to pay the steep $1410 premium processing price. …

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