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White House Issues Memo on Combating High Non-immigrant Overstay Rates

2019-04-26T17:44:28+00:00Apr 26, 2019|

The White House issued a memo on combating high non-immigrant visa overstay rates. Among other things, the Secretary of State, in consultation with the AG and Secretary of Homeland Security, shall provide recommendations of actions to take to reduce nonimmigrant overstay rates from certain countries. Clients should take particular note of the fact that [...]

USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2020

2019-04-12T14:29:40+00:00Apr 12, 2019|

On April 10, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated regular cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption for fiscal year (FY) 2020. After completing the random selection process for the regular cap, USCIS also determined that it has received a number of petitions projected as [...]

Uptick in Site Visit and NOID/NOIR Activity

2019-04-11T16:02:06+00:00Apr 11, 2019|

We have received credible reports from clients and other practitioners that the number of site visits targeting Consulting companies has increased significantly in the past several weeks. Employees should be made aware that site inspectors could call on them at the end client site unannounced. When this happens, employees must politely ask to see the [...]

USCIS Reaches FY 2020 H-1B Regular Cap

2019-04-08T14:23:36+00:00Apr 8, 2019|

USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions projected as needed to reach the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap for fiscal year 2020. USCIS will next determine if they have received a sufficient number of petitions to meet the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap. The agency [...]

USCIS Will Begin Premium Processing for Certain FY2020 Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions on May 20, 2019

2019-04-02T16:55:31+00:00Apr 2, 2019|

On May 20, USCIS will begin premium processing for FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petitioners requesting a change of status on their Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. Petitioners who do not file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, concurrently with an FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petition requesting a change of status must wait [...]

USCIS Launches H-1B Employer Data Hub

2019-04-01T14:58:54+00:00Apr 1, 2019|

USCIS has launched an H-1B Employer Data Hub to provide information to the public on employers petitioning for H-1B workers. The data hub is part of their continued effort to increase transparency in employment-based visa programs by allowing the public to search for H-1B petitioners by fiscal year (back to FY 2009), NAICS code, employer [...]

DOL Issues Memo on Compliance with the H-1B Notice Requirement by Electronic Posting

2019-03-21T14:53:50+00:00Mar 21, 2019|

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division issued a Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) reiterating employers' responsibilities under the H-1B visa program. The FAB confirms that if an H-1B employer chooses to provide notice through electronic media, the employer must ensure that affected American workers, including those employed by a third-party, have access to, [...]