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Update on USCIS Practice of Denying Pending Forms I-131 for Abandonment Due to International Travel

2018-12-19T15:42:59+00:00Dec 19, 2018|

USCIS recently updated its website with information regarding the agency's practice of denying pending Form I-131 advance parole applications for abandonment due to international travel. Specifically, USCIS indicates on its website that if an applicant files Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, to request an advance parole document and departs the United States without possession [...]

USCIS Clarifies the L-1 One-Year Foreign Employment Requirement

2018-11-30T16:26:10+00:00Nov 30, 2018|

USCIS has published a policy memo clarifying the requirement that a qualifying organization employ a principal L-1 beneficiary abroad for one continuous year out of the three years before the time of petition filing (“one-year foreign employment requirement”).  Please see memo (PDF). The policy memo clarifies: The L-1 beneficiary must be physically outside the United [...]

L-1 Visa Jurisdictional Change

2018-03-03T22:55:42+00:00Jan 24, 2018|

Texas Service Center to Begin Processing Form I-129 for L Visas On February 12, 2018, the Texas Service Center (TSC) will begin processing certain Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker petitions for L nonimmigrant classification, also known as L visas. The TSC will share this workload with the California Service Center to balance workloads [...]

USCIS Publishes Final Rule on Certain Employment-Based Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visa Programs

2018-03-07T19:42:44+00:00Nov 18, 2016|

USCIS has published a final rule to modernize and improve several aspects of certain employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs. USCIS has also amended regulations to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers who are beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions and are waiting to become lawful permanent residents. This [...]

H-1B and L-1 Fee Increase** Applicable for a Select Few

2018-03-03T17:09:25+00:00Dec 22, 2015|

On 12/18/15, the President signed into law the omnibus appropriations bill for 2016. Highlights of Business Immigration Provisions of the Act: The bill extends the EB-5, Conrad 30, Special Immigrant Religious Workers, and E-Verify programs through the end of FY2016. Fee Increase: It also includes the following changes to the currently expired H-1B/L-1 fees for [...]