Following a settlement reached in the class action suit Edakunni vs Mayorkas et al., USCIS has agreed to resume adjudicating of H4 and L2 applications along with the principal H1B/L1 petitions if they are filed together. Please note the following – The I-539 (and I-765 application, if filing for EAD) must be filed along with the… Read more »
USCIS has announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year 2024 H-1B cap will open at noon Eastern on March 1st and run through noon Eastern on March 17, 2023. Please contact our office at the earliest if you would like to register any candidates for this electronic registration period.
What is the Visa Bulletin? The Visa Bulletin is issued by the Department of State every month. The U.S. Government can only issue a limited number of Green Cards every year: 226,000 for Family-Based immigrants and 140,000 for Employment- Based immigrants. The law limits how many can be used for each country and each category…. Read more »
President Trump issued a proclamation today continuing his earlier proclamation issued on April 22, 2020. This new proclamation goes into effect at 12.01 AM on June 24th and suspends and limits the entry of any individual seeking entry pursuant to any of the following nonimmigrant visas: (a) an H-1B or H-2B visa, and any individual accompanying or following to join… Read more »
USCIS has announced that it will resume Premium Processing service in phases, as follows – 1. June 1, 2020 – PP resumes for all eligible I140 cases. 2. June 8, 2020 – PP request can be made for all cap-exempt H-1B petitions (either because employer is cap-exempt or because beneficiary has previously been counted against… Read more »
President Trump signed a Proclamation on April 22, 2020 suspending the entry of certain immigrants into the United States for 60 days. Here’s what you need to know about this Order – The proclamation becomes effective on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 11:59 PM (ET), and suspends the entry of any individual seeking to enter the… Read more »
– On January 31, 2019, USCIS will publish the final rule regarding electronic pre-registration for employers who wish to file H1B cap-subject petitions. – This rule will be suspended for the upcoming FY 2020 year cap-subject cases. – However, USCIS will implement a change in order of selecting the cases this upcoming year. Today U.S. Citizenship… Read more »
As of today, USCIS has resumed Premium Processing for FY 2019 H1B cap cases. This covers only the cases which were accepted in the lottery in April 2018 for FY 2019 H1B cap cases and are already pending with USCIS. The previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing remains in effect for all other categories of… Read more »
July 13, 2018 Memo titled “Issuance of Certain RFEs and NOIDs; Revisions to Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 10.5(a), Chapter 10.5(b)” Date effective – September 11, 2018 This policy memo was issued to provide guidance to USCIS officers regarding the discretion to deny an application, petition, or request without first issuing a Request for Evidence… Read more »
USCIS announced today that it will extend the suspension of Premium Processing to cap-subject H1B petitions beyond September 1, 2018. It is now expanding this suspension from September 11, 2018 for all H1B petitions that are filed at Vermont Service Center or California Service Center. It expects to resume Premium Processing for all H1B petitions… Read more »
USCIS today issued notification that it will delay implementation of the NTA Policy memo of June 28, 2018 (which I discussed in my previous post) until they get more operational guidance. This is good news and hopefully, they will consider the full ramifications of such a policy before going forward.
June 28 Memo titled “Updated Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Deportable Aliens” (“NTA Policy Memo”) Date effective – Immediate (the agencies have 30 days to resolve how they will implement it). On June 28, 2018, USCIS issued the NTA Policy memo. This… Read more »