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USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2019

On April 11th, 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 2ne, including petitions filed for the advanced […]

Tech Blog Quotes Morris Deutsch on H-1B Issues

CIO Dive, an online newspaper for techies, quoted our partner, Morris Deutsch, on the subject of H-1B visas.  In the article, Deutsch describes how the government has been making H-1B visas more and more restrictive and why the H-1B quota is too small.  Feel free to contact any of the immigration attorneys at Deutsch, Killea […]

The State Department Wants to View Your Social Media

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has requested the Office of Management and Budget to approve a revision of the visa application forms, adding several new questions. A visa applicant to list all of the social media platforms he or she used during the preceding five years. DOS said it will collect this information from […]

USCIS Suspends Premium Processing for 2018/19 H-1B Cap Petitions

USCIS announced it will temporarily suspend premium processing for 2018/19 H-1B cap petitions.  Starting April 2, 2018, USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 cap. USCIS 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 […]

DHS Terminates Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans

On Jan. 8, 2018, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced her decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador with a delayed effective date of 18 months to allow for an orderly transition before the designation terminates on Sept. 9, 2019.  Text of the government’s announcement is below.  Contact […]

Illusory Entrepreneur Parole Program

On December 14, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced  it would start accepting applications for parole under the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER). This grant of parole is commonly referred to as Entrepreneur Parole. In August 2016, the Obama administration had proposed this rule to help international entrepreneurs stay in the U.S. temporarily while […]

Giving Away With One Hand, Taking Away With the Other, International Entrepreneur Rule

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on December 14, 2017, that it is taking steps to implement the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) in accordance with a recent court decision. USCIS noted that while the agency implements the IER, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will also “proceed with issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking […]

U.S. Supreme Court Permits Implementation of Trump Travel Ban

In late September 2017, President Trump issued his third attempt at imposing travel restrictions on people from certain countries.  Federal district courts in Hawaii and Maryland temporarily struck down the new travel ban.  Those cases are now pending before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Ninth Circuits. The travel ban only applies […]

Previous H-1B Approval No Longer Assures Extension will be Approved

Under updated policy guidance, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is instructing its officers to apply the same level of scrutiny to both initial petitions and extension requests for certain nonimmigrant visa categories. The guidance applies to nearly all nonimmigrant classifications filed using Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. In other words, previous approval […]

USCIS Resuming “Premium Processing” for all H-1B Petitions

October 3, 2017 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing today for all H-1B visa extension of stay petitions. Premium processing is now available for all types of H-1B petitions. H-1B visas provide skilled workers for a wide range of specialty occupations, including information technology, engineering, and mathematics. When a petitioner requests the […]

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