Immigration News

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

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in H1B Visas, News | 0 comments

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 beginning in fiscal year 1995, under a permanent diversity program. visa program. A computer randomly draws winners for the right to apply for...

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Court Grants 90-Day Extension of Stay of Vacatur of STEM OPT Rule

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Employment Authorization, F-1 Students, News | 0 comments

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 may include part of a state, an entire state, or many states. District Offices are where most USCIS field staff are located. District Offices are...

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USCIS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Sudan

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in News, Temporary Protected Status | 0 comments

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 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...

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USCIS Increases H-1/L-1 Filing Fees for Certain Employers

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in H1B Visas, News | 0 comments

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 50 or more employees in the United States, with more than 50 percent of those employees in H-1B or L (including L-1A and L-1B) nonimmigrantAn alien...

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Et, tu, DHS? Gov’t Revises October 2015 Visa Bulletin

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in I-485 Adjustment of Status, News, Visa Bulletin | 0 comments

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 of the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security (DHSThe mission of the Department of Homeland Security -The many men and women who daily protect our...

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How Changes in the Visa Bulletin Impact When Family-Based Applicants Can Apply for Adjustment of Status

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Family Immigration, I-485 Adjustment of Status, News | 0 comments

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 permanent resident, or U.S. employer. of family-based preference petitions can file applications for “Adjustment of Status” with USCIS. The new...

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EB Immigrant Numbers Run Out for FY2015

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Employment Immigration, I-485 Adjustment of Status, News, Visa Bulletin | 0 comments

USCIS will suspend final adjudication of employment-based Form I-485 applications (Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status1) To change from a nonimmigrantAn alien who seeks temporary entry to the United States for a specific purpose. The alien must have a permanent residence abroad (for most classes of admission) and qualify for the nonimmigrant classification sought. The nonimmigrant classifications include: foreign government officials, visitors for business and for pleasure, aliens in transit through the...

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Revised Procedures for Determining Visa Availability

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Employment Immigration, I-485 Adjustment of Status, Visa Bulletin | 0 comments

USCIS, in coordination with Department of State (DOS), is revising the procedures for determining 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 of the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security (DHSThe mission of the Department of Homeland Security -The many men and women who...

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District Court Vacates 17 Month STEM OPT Program

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in F-1 Students, News | 0 comments

The 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 may include part of a state, an entire state, or many states. District Offices are where most USCIS field staff are located. District Offices are...

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USCIS Final Guidance on When to File an Amended H-1B Petition

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in H1B Visas, News | 0 comments

On April 9, 2015, USCIS’ Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) issued the precedent decision, Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC (Simeio), that addressed when an employer must file an amended H-1B petition.  It held that an H-1B employer must file an amended or new H-1B petition when a new Labor Condition ApplicationLCALabor Condition Application - A request to the Department of Labor for a foreign worker to work in the United States. This application is required for H-1(b), specialty occupationFor an alien entering the United States or...

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