“Extreme Vetting” Comes to Employment-Based Immigration

In a busy weekend for immigration news, the Trump administration took another step toward restricting employment-based immigration. On the heels of Friday’s news concerning the pardon of the infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the questionable future of DACA and of certain categories of J-1 exchange visitors, the administration significantly expanded its “extreme vetting” into employment-based immigration. According to an internal [...]

By |2017-08-28T16:25:48-06:00August 29, 2017|

USCIS to Suspend Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced recently that it is temporarily suspending premium processing for all H-1B petitions starting on April 3. This means that petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker that requests H-1B status. Per USCIS, the suspension could last up [...]

By |2017-03-10T09:52:38-06:00March 10, 2017|

H-1B Season is Here! Applications Open April 3

It’s H-1B season, and as a reminder, the H-1B visa is for professional workers coming to work in specialty occupations. Congress only allocates 65,000 visas per year and an additional 20,000 for individuals with an advanced degree from a United States university who have not previously been counted against the cap. The H-1B is often the visa of choice for companies [...]

By |2017-02-13T14:52:09-06:00February 10, 2017|

Applications for H-1B Visa Accepted Beginning on April 1

On April 1, USCIS will begin to accept applications for H-1B visas for Fiscal Year 2016, and it is widely accepted that the annual allotment will be taken quickly. As a reminder, the H-1B visa is for professional workers coming to work in specialty occupations. Congress only allocates 65,000 visas per year and an additional 20,000 for individuals with an [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:28-06:00February 1, 2016|

State Department Announces Worldwide Visa System Outage

Late on Wed., June 17, the U.S. State Department announced that a technical problem occurred within their visa issuance system and that Consular posts worldwide are unable to issue visas. There is not an estimated timeframe as to when the system will be up and functioning again, but it is widely expected that the system outage will cause significant delays [...]

By |2015-06-18T11:30:08-06:00June 18, 2015|

USCIS to Extend Employment Eligibility to Certain H-4 Spouses

On Feb. 24, 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service announced that applications will be accepted for employment authorization documents for certain spouses of H-1B visa holders holding H-4 status. The first applications will be accepted on May 26, 2015. The H-4 status holders that will be eligible for an employment authorization document (EAD) are limited to those who have [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:43-06:00February 24, 2015|

Applications for H-1B visa accepted beginning April 1

Are you interested in hiring a specialized foreign professional on the H-1B visa? The application process opens on April 1, but the U.S. government only accepts 85,000 petitions each year and they go quickly. In fact, last year the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office received about 172,500 H-1B petitions in the first week of filing. As such, it’s imperative [...]

By |2015-03-03T17:32:19-06:00January 21, 2015|

President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Reform: What You Need to Know Now

President Barack Obama addressed the nation this week to unveil executive action on immigration reform, which will offer temporary legal status to undocumented parents of United States citizens and residents who have lived in the country for at least five years. The measures to be implemented include deferring the deportation of up to 5 million of the estimated 12 million [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:54-06:00November 21, 2014|

Supreme Court Tosses DOMA, Opening the Door to Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

On Wednesday June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, and that individual states have the right to determine whether or not same-sex couples can lawfully enter into marriage.  Soon after the decision, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that USCIS would respect the ruling and would recognize lawful marriages for immigration purposes. While [...]

By |2014-02-05T23:06:56-06:00July 2, 2013|

President Obama Signs Immigration Bill Extending Several Key Programs

On Friday, September 28, President Obama signed into law Senate Bill 3245, which extends several important programs to September 30, 2015.  The bill serves to extend the following immigration programs: -The EB-5 Regional Center program – This program allows intending immigrants to invest in a larger economic unit that is set to benefit a specific region.  Regional centers are attractive [...]

By |2014-02-05T23:06:56-06:00October 1, 2012|