Immigration


New Rules for Premium Visa Processing and H-1B Data Hub
March 20, 2019 | Henry M. Mascia | Employment & Labor | Immigration
On March 19, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced two major changes to the H-1B visa program. First, USCIS will allow a modified form of premium processing for H-1B visa petitions that are subject to the annual cap (“cap-subject H-1B petitions”). In the past two years, USCIS had suspended premium processing …
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What Employers Need to Know Now about H-1B Visas
March 6, 2019 | Henry M. Mascia | Immigration | Employment & Labor
It is now H-1B visa season, meaning that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is accepting H-1B visa applications from April 1st to April 5th. The H-1B visa program has come under intense public scrutiny over the last two years. In response to perceived abuses in the H-1B program, President Trump issued the “Buy …
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DHS Proposes Termination of H-4 Work Authorization
February 28, 2019 | Henry M. Mascia | Immigration | Employment & Labor
On February 20, 2019, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sent the Office of Management and Budget a proposed rule that would eliminate the work authorization for those present on an H-4 visa. The proposed termination of work authorization has the potential to drastically affect the companies that employ H-4 workers. Proactive employers can avoid a disruption …
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Trump Administration Implements Major Changes to H-1B Lottery System
January 30, 2019 | Immigration | Employment & Labor
On January 31, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will publish a final rule changing the H-1B lottery system. The final rule implements the proposed two changes discussed earlier here. According to the DHS announcement, “The final rule reverses the order by which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B regular …
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Trump Administration Proposes Changes to H-1B Lottery
January 3, 2019 | Henry M. Mascia | Immigration | Employment & Labor
The public comment period for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) proposed changes to the H-1B lottery system has now closed.  U.S. companies filing H-1B visa petitions must typically enter a lottery because the law caps the number of H-1B visas that DHS can issue each year. The proposed rule would make two important changes …
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USCIS Clarifies 1-Year Foreign Employment Requirement for L-1 Visas
December 4, 2018 | Henry M. Mascia | Immigration | Employment & Labor | Corporate
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a policy memorandum clarifying the one-year foreign employment requirement for an L-1 visa for intracompany transferees. Previously, USCIS inconsistently applied this requirement when a foreign national was in the United States in one status but sought to change to L-1 status. An L-1 visa permits …
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Trump Administration’s New Immigration Policies Take Effect Oct. 1, 2018
October 1, 2018 | Corporate | Immigration
Two of the Trump administration’s new immigration policies go into effect today. Beginning today, October 1, 2018, foreign national students who had been working under a regulation known as the “cap-gap” are no long authorized to work. The announcement can be found here. The “cap-gap” period starts when an F‑1 student’s status and work authorization …
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