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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February 2019 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for February 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now December 1, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of February 8, 2017, so there has been significant progress in this cattegory. EB-2 and EB-3 …

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How Does the Partial Government Shutdown Affect the EB-5 Immigrant Visa Program?

At this time, we are entering the fourth week of the partial government shutdown.  Most immigration programs remain unaffected by the shutdown, except the EB-5 Regional Center program. To explain, there are two ways to invest and qualify for the  EB-5 immigrant visa. An investor can start or buy a commerical enterprise and directly manage …

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Immigration 2019: A Look at the Year Ahead for Employers and Professionals Webinar on January 30

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?  Join me for a 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 and …

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USCIS is largely unaffected by the government shutdown. Only a few immigration programs are suspended.

Funded by application fees, rather than tax dollars, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) remains open during the current government shutdown. Unless otherwise notified, all applicants should attend their interviews and appointments as scheduled. In addition, USCIS will continue to accept new applications except for the EB-5 regional center program, E-Verify, and non-minister religious …

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January 2019 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for January 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now October 1, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of December 15, 2016. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those …

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USCIS Offices Will Close Tomorrow December 5 for Day of Mourning

USCIS Press Release: President Trump has declared Wednesday, Dec. 5, a national day of mourning to remember the life and legacy of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States. Accordingly, all U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices will be closed Wednesday. USCIS will reschedule all naturalization ceremonies, interviews, and appointments set …

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Immigration Risk Management Webinar for Employers on December 4

Being an employer entails many responsibilities to the government – meeting employment eligibility and non-discrimination regulations are among those responsibilities. Could you benefit from a quick refresher on immigration risk management? Join me for a free immigration risk management webinar where I will review best practices for employers seeking to insure compliance with state and …

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