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Tagged: H-1B Petitions

What to Expect When You’re Expecting (a New President): What a Biden Presidency May Mean for Foreign Nationals and Their Employers

By Brianne Donovan, Sumner Immigration Law Clerk *Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of policies nor a guarantee. Further, this article does not serve as political commentary. President-elect Joe Biden will likely pursue an immigration strategy that is significantly different from that of President Donald Trump. The Trump administration has focused on […]

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Trump Extends H-1B and Other Immigration-Related Travel Bans

By Brianne Donovan, Sumner Immigration Law Clerk In April 2020 and June 2020, Trump issued two different proclamations that banned certain foreign nationals from entering the US. The Proclamations were enacted purportedly to protect the U.S. labor market for U.S. employees due to the economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. Proclamation 10014 affects certain immigrant […]

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Why is my H-4 and H-4 EAD Taking So Long and What Can I Do?

So many US immigration processes are taking longer than expected these days, and the H-4/H-4 EAD processing is no exception. We’ve received lots of questions over the past few months about why it’s taking so long and what you can expect. Here is a run down of what’s going on with H-4 and H-4 EADs. […]

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H-1B Rules from DOL and DHS Set Aside!

On December 1, 2020, the court in Chamber of Commerce v. DHS set aside the DOL regulations and the DHS regulations that were issued without the notice and comment period typically required by the Administrative Procedures Act. We are thrilled about this decision and what it means for our clients. Read on for a summary […]

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Major Shake-Up in the H-1B World: Three Things To Watch For

The past couple of weeks three major proposed regulations have been announced, which will significantly affect H-1B processing: DOL Prevailing Wage Interim Final Rule: This rule went into effect within 36 hours of being published, and took effect October 8, 2020. The DOL effectively changed the way that they calculate the wage levels for prevailing […]

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Five Immigration Changes You Need to Know About Now: August 2020

August is a busy month for many people, with lots of vacations, preparing to go back to school (whatever that looks like this year!), and enjoying the last days of summer. But the immigration changes keep rolling in. Here’s a snapshot of what you need to know now! Public charge rule is not in effect/ […]

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USCIS Filing Fee Changes, Premium Processing Timeline Changes, New Forms, and More!

On Monday, August 3rd, USCIS will publish the final rule (regulation) outlining the filing fee changes, and other changes, that will become effective October 2, 2020. Why is USCIS Changing the Filing Fees? USCIS reviews and sometimes changes the filing fees associated with filing for different kinds of immigration benefits once every few years. At […]

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Surviving and Thriving Through the H-1B Cap Lottery Loser Blues: 15 H-1B Alternatives

By Brianne Donovan USCIS has conducted the H-1B cap lottery and by this time, the H-1B cap “winners” (those whose registration was selected) have been notified. If your H-1B registration was not selected in the lottery, the online portal will still say “submitted.” The system will not change to say “denied” or “not selected” until […]

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COVID-19 Immigration Updates – March 30, 2020

By Samantha Davis, Immigration lawyer in Richmond, Va During the COVID-19 pandemic things are changing rapidly so we are receiving updates often, sometimes daily. We’ll be sending out newsletter updates more often than normal, but we want everyone to stay up to date and informed as we receive updates for how immigration related issues will […]

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Premium Processing Not Immediately Available for H-1B Cap Cases

USCIS announced on March 17, 2020 that premium processing will not be immediately available for H-1B cap petitions. At this time, USCIS has not suspended premium processing for other types of H-1B petitions ( extensions, transfers, etc). The H-1B premium processing option will resume in phases for H-1B cap cases: For any cases where the […]

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