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Employers Should Begin Preparation for Opening of FY 2019 H-1B Cap

The beginning of the calendar year is the perfect time for employers to begin planning for the FY2019 H-1B cap filing season, which will begin on Monday, April 2, 2018. Due to continued high demand, it is expected that the

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USCIS Reinstates Premium Processing for H-1B Cap Subject Petitions

USCIS announced on Monday, September 18, 2017, that it will immediately accept premium processing requests of all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap.  H-1B cap petitions filed in April 2017, requesting a start date of

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American Businesses Should be Concerned by Trump’s Announcement That He Will Nominate Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

President-elect Donald Trump has announced that he intends to nominate Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. If confirmed, the conservative Senator from Alabama would serve as the country’s top law enforcement official. Senator Sessions is well known for being a

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USCIS Has Completed Data Entry of FY 2017 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

On May 2, 2016, USCIS announced that it has completed data entry for all FY 2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in this year’s lottery. H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in the lottery are being returned. USCIS is unable to provide

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USCIS Has Completed FY 2017 H-1B Cap Lottery

On April 7, 2016, USCIS announced that it had received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for FY 2017. They also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the advanced degree

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USCIS Will Begin Accepting H-1B Petitions for FY2017 on April 1, 2016

USCIS has announced that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2017 cap on April 1, 2016. The congressionally mandated cap on H-1B visas is 65,000. The first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed for individuals with

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Public Law 111-230 H-1B, L-1 Additional Fees Expire

H-1B and L-1 petitions filed on or after Oct. 1, 2015, should not include the additional fee that was previously required by Section 402 of Public Law 111-230, as amended by Public Law 111-347, for certain H-1B and L-1 petitions.

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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Extension of Stay H-1B Petitions

USCIS announced today that it will resume accepting Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for all H-1B extension of stay petitions.  However, all premium processing requests received by USCIS before July 13, 2015 will be rejected. Premium processing for

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USCIS Draft Guidance on When to File an Amended H-1B Petition after the Simeio Solutions Decision

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued draft guidance on when to file an amended H-1B petition pursuant to the USCIS Administrative Appeal Office (AAO) precedent decision in Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC.  The decision held that employers must file amended

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H-1B Cap Lottery Update

On April 13th, USCIS announced that it finished the computer-generated lottery to select petitions to meet the FY2016 cap.  USCIS stated it will begin premium processing for H-1B cap cases no later than May 11, 2015.  USCIS noted that it

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The global economy has become increasingly transactional and transcontinental. Since 9/11, there have been many amendments to immigration laws in the United States that have largely affected both individuals and businesses. Cozen O'Connor's immigration law blog, ABC's of Immigration Law, focuses on the interests and the challenges faced by those individuals and business impacted by immigration laws.
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