Thousands of Employers Prepare to Play the H-1B Visa Lottery

A company does not have to win the lotteryDiversityA category of immigrants replacing the earlier categories for nationals of underrepresented countries and countries adversely “affected” by the Immigration and Nationality Act Amendments of 1965 (P.L. 89-236). The annual limit on diversity immigration was 40,000 during fiscal years 1992-94, under a transitional diversity program, and 55,000...
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Court Grants 90-Day Extension of Stay of Vacatur of STEM OPT Rule

The U.S. DistrictGeographic areas into which the United States and its territories are divided for the Immigration and NaturalizationThe conferring, by any means, of citizenship upon a person after birth. Service’s field operations or one of three overseas offices located in Rome, Bangkok, and Mexico City. Each District Office, headed by a District Director, has a specified service area that...
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USCIS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Sudan

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Sudan’s designation for Temporary Protected StatusEstablishes a legislative basis for allowing a group of persons temporary refuge in the United States. Under a provision of the Immigration Act of 1990, the Attorney General may designate nationals of a foreign state to be eligible for TPSEstablishes a legislative basis for allowing a group...
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USCIS Increases H-1/L-1 Filing Fees for Certain Employers

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Public Law 114-113), signed into law by President Obama on December 18, 2015, increases fees for certain H-1B and L-1 petitioners. These petitioners must submit an additional fee of $4,000 for certain H-1B petitions and $4,500 for certain L-1A and L-1B petitions postmarked on or after December 18, 2015. The additional fees apply to petitioners who employ...
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Et, tu, DHS? Gov’t Revises October 2015 Visa Bulletin

On Sept. 25, the Department of State (DOS) published an updated October 2015 Visavisa allows the bearer to apply for entry to the U.S. in a certain classification (e.g. student (F), visitor (B), temporary worker (H)). A visa does not grant the bearer the right to enter the United States. The Department of State (DOS) is responsible for visa adjudication at U.S. Embassies and Consulates outside...
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How Changes in the Visa Bulletin Impact When Family-Based Applicants Can Apply for Adjustment of Status

Effective October 1, 2015, there is a new procedure for determining when beneficiariesAliens on whose behalf a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, or employer have filed a petition for such aliens to receive immigration benefits from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Beneficiaries generally receive a lawful status as a result of their relationship to a U.S. citizen, lawful...
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