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Tag Archives: H-1B Visas

Update on Premium Processing for 2018/19 H-1B Cap Petitions

UPDATE – August 28, 2018 USCIS announced is extending the previously-announced temporary suspension of premium processing for cap‐subject H‐1B petitions and, beginning Sept. 11, 2018, will be expanding this temporary suspension to include certain additional H‐1B petitions. USCIS expects these suspensions to last until February 19, 2019. The expanded temporary suspension applies to all H‐1B petitions […]

Obtaining Temporary Work Permits – VIDEO

  Our Immigration Law Firm consults with many U.S. employers and their foreign workers about how to obtain a work permit. There are different types of temporary work visas available, based on the particular job and the employee’s qualifications, for professionals, laborers, executives, investors, scientists, artists and others. Here are the most typical ones: A […]

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 […]

President Orders End of Daca . . . For Now

On September 5, 2017, President Donald Trump ordered the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama administration program that allowed certain people who came to the United States as children, known as “Dreamers,” to continue to live, go to school, and work in the country. He said that his administration’s position is […]

U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Russia Suspend Nonimmigrant Visa Issuance

The U.S. Department of State has announced it will suspend nonimmigrant visa (NIV) operations in Russia.  The action, beginning August 23, 2017, is being taken in reaction to the Russian government’s imposition of a personnel cap on the U.S. Mission. Affected visa types will include tourist (B-2), professional worker (H-1B and L-1), exchange visitor (J-1) […]

USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions

USCIS announced on May 3, 2017, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in a computer-generated random process. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. Due to the high volume of filings, USCIS is unable to provide a definite time frame […]

Reminder: USCIS Will Accept H-1B Petitions for FY 2018 Beginning April 1, 2017

On April 1, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2018 cap. U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering, and computer programming. The congressionally mandated cap on H-1B […]

Increased Wait Times for H-1B and L-1 Visas at U.S. Consular Posts in India

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) reports that U.S. Consular Posts in India are currently experiencing extraordinary wait times for nonimmigrant visa (NIV) interview appointments. At the time of this writing, the current wait times for all NIV categories other than B, F, and J are: Chennai – 75 days Hyderabad – 93 days Kolkata […]

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