July 2019 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for July 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now April 22, 2018 for all nationals, except those born in India with a cutoff date of January 1, 2015 and China with a cutoff date of May 8, 2017. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) …

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New Zealand Nationals Now Eligible for E-1 and E-2 Visas

USCIS news release: Certain New Zealand nationals can now request a change of status to the E-1 nonimmigrant trader classification and the E-2 nonimmigrant investor classification under Public Law 115-226. Beginning June 10, eligible New Zealand nationals already in the United States in a lawful nonimmigrant status can file Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant …

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USCIS Will Begin Premium Processing for Remaining H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions on June 10, 2019

USCIS will begin premium processing for all remaining FY2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions on 6/10/19. Petitioners may file a Request for Premium Processing Service, with the USCIS service center processing their petition on that date. More information can be found at https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/premium-processing-begins-remaining-h-1b-cap-subject-petitions-june-10.  

USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions

From the USCIS: USCIS has completed data entry for all fiscal year 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in our computer-generated random selection process, including those selected under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. As in previous years, we will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that we did not select and will issue an announcement …

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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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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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