H-1B Lottery Pre-Registration Process Coming…but probably not next year

An advance copy of a regulation to be published Monday, December 3 began circulating today. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is planning to implement a pre-registration process for the annual allocation of H-1B visas, which informally is called the H-1B lottery. USCIS will collect public comments for 30 days, consider and evaluate recommended changes […]

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Attention Employers: Make Your Voices Heard

The current administration is trying to derail employers’ talent acquisition efforts. The CATO Institute last week reported its analysis of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ current fiscal year immigration applications and petitions adjudications. Not surprisingly, denial rates for various applications and petitions (e.g. H-1B and L-1 nonimmigrant petitions, immigrant petitions, work permits, travel documents) increased […]

Show me the money! USCIS proposes new “public charge” rules for immigrants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published proposed new rules this month that could alter the landscape for family-based immigrants. As most immigrants who applied for green cards through a family member will recall, the process requires having a sponsor. The sponsor (often the U.S. citizen spouse) must meet certain income or asset thresholds to ensure […]

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USCIS Eliminates 75-day Service Request for EAD Applications

Until recently, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) allowed applicants for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) to contact USCIS after 75 days to initiate a service request if they had not received their EAD. Following updates to the USCIS processing times and case inquiry procedures this year, this option no longer exists. Now applicants must review […]

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H-1B Filings Down Again in 2018

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services reported this week that it received 190,098 petitions for the next fiscal year’s H-1B quota of 85,000. USCIS completed the random selection process, i.e. lottery, and soon will be sending out notices for the petitions it now will adjudicate. This year’s filing period was April 2-6 for the federal […]