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 […]

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H-1B Petitions for Roving Workers to Become More Difficult

  Despite the need U.S. employers have for qualified workers, the Trump administration continues to increase its scrutiny of H-1B petitions through a new Policy Memorandum concerning H-1B workers assigned to third-party locations. Last year the focus was on prevailing wages, when adjudicators denied H-1B petitions for entry level jobs. The flawed argument was that […]


More ways to track period of stay for Visa Waiver travelers

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today announced two new compliance features to help Visa Waiver travelers track their period of stay in the United States. The first is a “View Compliance” tab on the right side of the I-94 Departure Record website, By entering biographic and passport information, Visa Waiver travelers can see […]


Resumption of Visa Processing in Turkey

After a nearly three-month halt to regular visa processing at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara and Consulate General in Istanbul, those posts again are fully operational and accepting applications for persons seeking to travel to the United States. Following the October 8 halt, limited visa processing became available in early November. As of December 28, […]