Monthly Archives: April 2017

USCIS Will Issue Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. USCIS will begin issuing the

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USCIS H-1B Cap Numbers

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7, 2017 that the agency reached the congressionally mandated number of 65,000 visa H-1B  Cap petitions for FY2018. USCIS reported on April 17, 2017 that they received 199,000 H-1B petitions

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H-1B Cap Case Receipts Have Started

Two weeks after the close of the FY 2018 H-1B Cap on April 7, 2017, members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) are reporting they are receiving receipts for Cap cases. This is very good news, after this cap season

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Special Instructions for B Visitors Who Want to Enroll in School

On April 11, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted FAQs for B-1/B-2 visitors who want to enroll in school. The USCIS emphasized that it is not permissible to enroll in school if individuals are in B-1 or B-2

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DOJ Renews Commitment to Immigration Enforcement

On April 11, 2017, Attorney General (AG) Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum to federal prosecutors announcing a renewed commitment to criminal immigration enforcement. The memo outlines immigration offenses that should be given priority, including the transportation or harboring of undocumented

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USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported on April 7, 2017, that the agency reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 visa H-1B Cap petitions for FY 2018. USCIS also received enough petitions to reach the 20,000 visa advanced degree exemption,

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USCIS Announces Measures to Detect H-1B Visa Fraud and Abuse

On April 3, 2017, The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced multiple measures in an effort to deter and detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse. Starting this month, USCIS will focus on the following when making site visits to

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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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