Newsletter Archive

10/3/2017

Date: 10/03/2017

CLIENT ALERT - USCIS RESUMES H-1B PREMIUM PROCESSING FOR ALL CASES.

Today, October 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it is resuming premium processing for ALL H-1B petitions, effective immediately. Previously, USCIS had restored premium processing piecemeal, first for medical doctors seeking H-1B status under the Conrad 30 program, or through an interested government agency waiver, and then for H-1B Cap-Subject cases.

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9/18/2017

Date: 09/18/17

CLIENT ALERT - USCIS RESUMES PREMIUM PROCESSING FOR H-1B CAP CASES - STARTING TODAY!!!!

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing today for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap. The FY 2018 cap has been set at 65,000 visas. Premium processing has also resumed for the annual 20,000 additional petitions that are set aside to hire workers with a U.S. master’s degree or higher educational degree.

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9/6/2017

Date: 09/06/17

ALERT: DHS ENDS DACA PROGRAM , BEGINS “PHASE OUT”

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its plan to formally rescind the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program, known as DACA. In deciding to end the DACA program, DHS points to the creation of the program by President Obama as an “unconstitutional exercise of authority by the Executive Branch” and assumes that any legal challenge to the program… Read More


8/28/2017

Date: 08/28/17

Alert: In-Person Interviews Are Now Required for Every Employment Based Green Card.

On August 25, 2017, a USCIS spokesperson confirmed to Politico that USCIS will require an in-person interview for anyone moving from an employment-based visa to lawful permanent residency. Family members for refuges or asylum seekers will also be required to undergo an in-person interview when they apply for a provisional status. The interview mandate is part of President Donald Trump… Read More


7/24/2017

Date: 07/24/2017

Alert: USCIS to Resume H-1B Premium Processing for Certain Cap-Exempt Petitions

Dear Client,

Starting today, July 24, 2017, USCIS will immediately resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions. These include petitions that are cap-exempt specifically because the petitioning employer is either:

• An institution of higher education;

• A nonprofit related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education;

• A non… Read More