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Tagged: H-1B Petitions

H-1B Premium Processing Suspended Indefinitely: File Now or Wait!

USCIS has announced that starting April 3, 2017, they will suspend the premium processing option for H-1B petitions for an indefinite amount of time. USCIS has indicated that the suspension may last up to six months. Here’s what you need to know now: Why did they suspend the premium processing for H-1Bs? USCIS says that […]

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Travelling in the Age of Trump

Many of our clients, including H-1B visa holders, are concerned about traveling outside of the US and returning in light of Mr. Trump’s recent executive orders. As of the time of this writing, the “travel ban” that was the center of one of the executive orders has been temporarily stayed. Therefore, travel has generally resumed […]

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Trump and H-1Bs: What’s Going On?

Our office is fielding lots of questions these days from H-1B employees and employers wondering how the H-1B program will be affected by the new administration, and/or by new laws that are currently being proposed in Congress. The short answer is that we just don’t know what will happen in the future, but that there […]

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Ready or Not, Here It Comes: H-1B Filing Season Is Around the Corner!

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is behind us, but a new hustle and bustle is just descending upon us: H-1B filing season! Each year there is a limit of 65,000 new H-1B visas available, with an additional 20,000 for US master’s degree holders. The past several years USCIS has received thousands more […]

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Breaking News: USCIS Fees Are Increasing – File Now or Forever Pay Higher Fees!

In May 2016, USCIS issued a new proposed rule that would increase USCIS filing fees for the first time since 2010. The comment period on the proposed rules has ended, and USCIS has published an advance copy of the final rule. We anticipate that the final rule will become effective on December 23, 2016. The […]

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File Now to Save! USCIS Publishes Proposed Filing Fee Increases!

On May 4, 2016, USCIS published a proposal to increase filing fees across the board to recoup the cost of processing immigration applications. UCIS filing fee amounts are reviewed every other year. USCIS last adjusted its fees in November 2010. The filing fees for the fiscal year 2017 are slated to increase an average of […]

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End of the Road for H-1B Cap Receipt Notices? And What’s Next?

Employers and would-be H-1B employees alike are understandably anxious to know where things stand with the H-1B cap receipt notices.  Here’s what’s happening: USCIS announced in early May that they had finished “entering data” in connection with the H-1B receipt notices. Therefore it’s likely that we have either already received all the H-1B cap receipt […]

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Why Is My H-1B Petition Only Approved for One Year?

Many H-1B beneficiaries are understandably confused and frustrated when their H-1B petition is approved for just one year, especially when they have three or more years left in H-1B status, or when they have an approved I-140 petition that allows them to extend the H-1B status beyond the sixth year.  Why is this?  There are […]

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H-1B Cap Receipts Update

The H-1B receipt notices have started flowing into our mailbox as of mid-week this week! As promised, we are sending the H-1B receipt notices to the employer the same day that we receive the notices.  Please note that it usually takes several weeks for USCIS to send out all H-1B cap receipt notices. If we […]

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FY 2017 H-1B Cap Lottery Completed! What’s Next for the H-1B Winners and Losers?

USCIS announced at the Spring AILA conference that the H-1B cap lottery should be completed as of April 11, 2016. As of the time of this blog post, there is no indication yet of the total number of petitions received.  USCIS officials still say premium processing for selected H-1B cap cases will start no later than […]

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