Tag Archives: H1B

USCIS to Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B petitions

On Friday, March 3, 2017, USCIS announced that starting April 3, 2017, it will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. As this sudden change will severely impact processing of these petitions by our clients, we are publishing this bullet point client advisory highlighting what you should know along with certain recommendations and clarifications. […]

| Nonimmigrant

It’s H-1B Season!

The new H-1B season is upon us. Consistent with our recommendations in previous years, our office strongly suggests that employers file new H-1B petitions (for authorized H-1B employment that will commence on October 1, 2017) on April 1, 2017 or as close to April 1, 2017 as possible. This recommendation applies to petitions you will […]

| Nonimmigrant

Nonimmigrant Changes (Part I)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule on November 18, 2016, to assist U.S. employers in hiring and retaining high-skilled foreign workers as well as to protect and increase the ability of these foreign national employees to pursue new employment opportunities. Many felt this regulation was required based upon the many […]

| Immigrant, Nonimmigrant

New Regulations for Immigrant Workers

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) finally published its new regulation “Retention of EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Non-Immigrant Workers” which will take effect on January 17, 2017. Unlike several of President Obama’s recent executive orders, which many fear will be cancelled or modified once President-Elect Trump takes […]

| Employment Authorization, Immigrant, Nonimmigrant

Faster Labor Certification Adjudications

Recently, it appears that the adjudicatory processing times for labor certification applications (also referred to as PERM applications) filed with the U.S. Department of Labor has decreased significantly. As a reminder, this labor certification process is used by employers to sponsor foreign national employees for a green card by testing the American workforce to determine […]

| Immigrant, ビザ申請手続き

DUI’s may result in visa revocations

There is a relatively new Department of State policy regarding visa revocations for individuals already in the U.S. with nonimmigrant visas. The Visa Office has instructed consular officers worldwide to prudentially revoke the visas of those with a DUI arrest that has occurred within the past 5 years, unless that arrest has already been addressed […]

| Nonimmigrant

2017 FY H-1B Cap Reached During Initial Filing Period

As expected, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the advanced degree exemption, also known as the U.S. master’s cap. USCIS […]

| Nonimmigrant

Amended STEM/OPT Regulations

On March 11, 2016 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) published amended regulations on optional practical training for certain individual students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (“STEM”) degrees from U.S. institutions of higher education which will go into effect on May 10, 2016. Some key provisions include: STEM extensions valid 24 months Employers must […]

| Employment Authorization, Nonimmigrant

Last Call for H1B’s

If you act immediately, it may not be too late to file your H1B petition for a prospective employee. Any petition received by USCIS before April 7, if properly signed and accompanied by a certified Labor Condition Application, will qualify for inclusion in the H1B Lottery. For companies that have never sponsored an H-1B employee, […]

| Nonimmigrant

H-1B Season Begins

If you’re thinking of sponsoring a foreign national for an H-1B visa, please contact our office as soon as possible. Although these petitions for new H-1B employment that will commence on October 1, 2016 cannot be filed until the first week of April, 2016, the sooner we start the process the greater is the likelihood […]

| Nonimmigrant