Newsletter Archive

4/21/2017

Date: 04/21/2017

Dear Client,

Alert: Impact of the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to no longer recognize the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting agency.

On December 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced that it no longer recognizes ACICS as an accrediting agency. This determination immediately affects two (2) immigration-related programs:

24 Month STEM OPT Extension Program:

F-1… Read More


4/18/2017

Date: 04/18/2017

Dear Client,

Alert: President Trump Signs “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order referred to as “Buy American, Hire American”. The order directs federal agencies to buy more goods and services from US companies and review and recommend changes to guest worker programs and in particular, the H-1B Program.

According to Senior White House officials, the “Hire American” portion… Read More


4/17/2017

Date: 04/17/2017

Dear Client,

Alert: USCIS Completes the H-1B CAP Random Selection Process for FY 2018

On April 17, 2017, USCIS announced that it has completed the H-1B CAP random selection process for FY 2018. USCIS received 199,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 3, including petitions filed for the Advanced Degree Exemption, also known as “Master’s Cap”. On April 11th, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to… Read More


4/7/2017

Date: 04/07/2017

Dear Client,

Alert - USCIS Reaches FY 2018 H-1B Cap – Service Prepares to Run the Lottery!!!

USCIS has reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 visa H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. Advanced Degree Exemption, also known as the “Master’s Cap”.

We expect to have notification of those petitions that were selected in the lottery, in the form of receipt notices, by… Read More


4/5/2017

Date: 04/05/2017

Dear Client,

Department of Labor Announces Plans to Protect American Workers from H-1B Program Discrimination

April 5, 2017 – As a follow up to USCIS’s announcement earlier this week on its new directives to detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse, the Department of Labor announced today its plans to protect US workers from H-1B program discrimination by providing greater transparency and oversight.

The Department of Labor has… Read More