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DOL Statistics on H-1Bs – First Quarter of FY2019

2019-02-20T20:21:55+00:00Feb 20, 2019|

The DOL OFLC has released H-1B statistics as of 12/31/18. The data includes the number of LCAs received, top occupations, states, and employers, as well as the number of certified, denied, and withdrawn LCAs, number of positions requested and certified, and percentage of applications timely processed.

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Filed on or before Dec. 21, 2018

2019-02-20T20:14:49+00:00Feb 20, 2019|

USCIS announced late Friday (2/15/2019) that it would resume premium processing on Tuesday, Feb. 19, for all H-1B petitions filed on or before Dec. 21, 2018. This means change of employer petitions filed after this date, or immediately will not benefit from the resumption of premium processing.  The previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing [...]

USCIS to Publish Revised Form I-539 and New Form I-539A

2019-02-12T16:36:54+00:00Feb 12, 2019|

USCIS has revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status and will publish the revised form on their website on March 11, 2019. Beginning March 11, 2019, USCIS will only accept the revised Form I-539 with an edition date of 02/04/19. They will reject any Form I-539 with an edition date of 12/23/16 or earlier. [...]

H-1B CAP 2019 – Are You Ready?

2019-02-07T20:06:17+00:00Feb 7, 2019|

Join us for a free webinar on February 22, 2019 12pm-1pm EST.  Register Now The idea behind this webinar is to harness the valuable experience learned from processing H-1Bs from prior years and how various RFEs have created a valuable source of information on what the USCIS is looking for and how to avoid familiar [...]

DHS Announces Final Rule for a More Effective and Efficient H-1B Visa Program

2019-01-31T15:21:36+00:00Jan 30, 2019|

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted today for public inspection, a final rule amending regulations governing H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those that may be eligible for the advanced degree exemption. The final rule reverses the order by which USCIS selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B regular cap and the advanced degree exemption, and it [...]

DHS Proposes Changes to the H-1B Visa Lottery Process

2019-01-28T16:41:28+00:00Jan 28, 2019|

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has completed review of the H-1B proposed regulation as of January 25, 2019. It must be published in the Federal Register before the rule can go into effect. We will post any updates as soon as we receive them.

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions

2019-01-25T22:15:34+00:00Jan 25, 2019|

Alert: USCIS will resume premium processing on Monday, Jan. 28 for all fiscal year (FY) 2019 H-1B cap petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption (the “master’s cap”). The previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing remains in effect for all other categories of H-1B petitions to which it applied. We plan to [...]

H-1B CAP & USCIS’ New Registration Process – What You Need to Know!

2019-01-08T17:52:57+00:00Jan 8, 2019|

Introduction: On December 3, 2018, USCIS-DHS, published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to change the H-1B filing and random selection (read lottery) process. The new process will require employer’s to electronically register to file each prospective petition for their H-1B employees during the designated “registration period”. Prospective employees with a U.S. masters or higher [...]

ALERT – LCA system Down

2019-01-04T13:10:10+00:00Jan 4, 2019|

LCA and PERM Prevailing Wages Processing to Resume Tentatively at 2:00 p.m. EST on MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2019   Last night, the DOL announced that: The iCERT system for application processing is tentatively scheduled to open at 2:00 p.m. EST on MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2019. The Department is currently testing the system to process a [...]