Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Citizens of Nepal Will End on June 24, 2019

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nepal on June 24, 2019.  According to DHS,  the country conditions in Nepal have improved since the 2015 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks. Currently, TPS is set to expire on June 24, 2018.  Renewal for those who currently …

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USCIS Announces It Has Completed Random Selection of H-1B Cap Petitions for Processing

USCIS Announcment: On April 11, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2019. USCIS received 190,098 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 2, including petitions filed for …

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H-1B Cap Reached for FY2019

USCIS released the following statement today: USCIS has reached the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2019. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap. The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject …

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USCIS and CBP Announces New Form I-129 Pilot Program for Canadian L-1 Nonimmigrants

On March 30, the USCIS announced a new pilot program for L-1 visa applicants who are Canadian citizens.  Read on for the full announcment: "From April 30, 2018, to Oct. 31, 2018, the USCIS California Service Center (CSC) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Blaine, Washington, port of entry (POE) will implement a …

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USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions

USCIS released the following statement today: Starting April 2, 2018, USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 cap. We will temporarily suspend premium processing for all FY 2019 cap-subject petitions, including petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher. This suspension is expected to …

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It’s Family Reunification, not Chain Migration

In a recent statement, the government belittled our family reunification immigration laws, adopting the pejorative term  "chain migration."  It further claimed family immigration “has depressed wages and job opportunities for comparably skilled American workers.” Aside from offering no valid proof of this claim, the current government disregards the objective of keeping families together, which America has …

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H-1B Employers: Ready for the FY 2019 H-1B Cap Season?

The race for H-1B professional worker visas begins April 2, 2018.  Employers of recently graduated foreign students and others will vie for new visas, which are limited to  65,000 per fiscal year (the “H-1B cap”).   And of these, 6,800 are reserved for citizens of Chile and Singapore under certain free trade agreements, effectively leaving only …

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April 2018 Visa Bulletin Green Card Update

The Department of State has posted the Visa Bulletin for April 2018. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is current for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of January 1, 2012.   EB-2 and EB-3 final action dates are  current for all except those born in India, China, and …

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Credit Card Payment Now Accepted for Most Immigration Applications

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it will now accept credit card payments for filing most of its forms, including the I-485 adjustment of status (green card) applications.  Previously, only citizenship (N-400) applicants could pay by credit card.  However,  the credit card option is not yet available for non-immigrant work visa applications …

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Trump Administration’s Termination of DACA, TPS, and H-4 EAD Immigration Programs Could Leave Employers in a Lurch

Several immigration programs that have authorized over a million immigrant workers are expected to end in 2018 and 2019. The cancellation of these programs will terminate employment eligibility for these workers, making most of them deportable. The loss of these legally authorized workers is likely to destabilize many employers’ workforce and disrupt the economy as a …

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