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31Aug, 2018

DHS Final Rule Increasing the Premium Processing Fee

Aug 31, 2018|

DHS final rule is increasing the premium processing fee charged by USCIS. DHS is increasing the fee by 14.92 percent, from $1,225 to $1,410. This rule is effective on October 1, 2018. Applications postmarked on or after that date must include the new fee. https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-31/pdf/2018-19108.pdf

29Aug, 2018

USCIS Extends and Expands Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions to Reduce Delays

Aug 29, 2018|

USCIS is extending the previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions and, beginning Sept. 11, 2018, will be expanding this temporary suspension to include certain additional H-1B petitions. We expect these suspensions will last until Feb. 19, 2019, and will notify the public via uscis.gov before resuming premium processing for these petitions. While [...]

4Jun, 2018

USCIS No Longer Accepting I-765 Service Requests at the 75-Day Mark

Jun 4, 2018|

AILA has received member reports that the USCIS Contact Center (formerly National Customer Service Center, or NCSC) is no longer allowing individuals to place service requests for Forms I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, that have been pending for more than 75 days unless the applications are outside of USCIS's posted processing times. Previously, [...]

16May, 2018

USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions

May 16, 2018|

USCIS has completed data entry for all fiscal year 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in their computer-generated random selection process. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. Due to the high volume of filings, they cannot provide a definite time frame for returning unselected petitions.Additionally, USCIS may [...]

4May, 2018

Extending OPT beyond the initial period and When to Apply for STEM OPT

May 4, 2018|

CAP Gap Employment: The USCIS has clarified that F-1 nonimmigrant students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) may apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion OPT employment authorization. An F-1 student who is the beneficiary of an H-1B petition and request for change of status that is filed on time may [...]

13Apr, 2018

USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2019

Apr 13, 2018|

On April 11, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for FY 2019. USCIS received 190,098 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 2, including petitions filed for the advanced [...]

10Apr, 2018

New E-Verify.gov Website a User-Friendly Source to Verify Employment Eligibility

Apr 10, 2018|

USCIS today announced the launch of new website, E-Verify.gov. This is the authoritative source for information on electronic employment eligibility verification. E-Verify.gov is for employers, employees and the general public. The user-friendly website provides information about E-Verify and Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, including employee rights and employer responsibilities in the employment verification [...]

9Apr, 2018

FY 2019 H-1B CAP Reached

Apr 9, 2018|

UPDATE: On April 6, 2018, USCIS reached the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2019. USCIS also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap. USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from [...]

23Feb, 2018

USCIS Strengthens Protections to Combat H-1B Abuses Clarifies Policy on Requirements for Third-Party Worksite H-1B Petitions

Feb 23, 2018|

The H-1B visa program generally allows a foreign employee to work for a specific sponsoring American employer. As is true in many employment situations, the location of work can change. USCIS has published a policy memorandum making clear that USCIS may request detailed documentation to ensure a legitimate employer-employee relationship is maintained while an [...]

7Feb, 2018

H-1B CAP 2019 – KIDAMBI & ASSOCIATES INITIATES PROCESSING FOR CAP CASES

Feb 7, 2018|

74 Days to H-1B CAP FILING DEADLINE for 2018 (FY 2019)! Kidambi & Associates has started processing H-1B CAP petitions for this year and we encourage you to contact us early to initiate processing. If not familiar with our CAP intake process, kindly contact us for process steps and checklists. Important Notes for [...]

15Dec, 2017

DHS Seeks to End Work Eligibility for Spouses of H-1B Holders

Dec 15, 2017|

Breaking News**Wall Street Journal - DHS Seeks to End Work Eligibility for Spouses of H-1B Holders Department in proposal cites Trump’s ‘Hire American’ executive order in notice of possible reversal of Obama-era rule By Laura Meckler Dec. 14, 2017 9:00 p.m. ET 8 WSJ | 2017-12-15T02:00:00.000Z The spouses of highly skilled foreign [...]

15Dec, 2017

DHS Seeks to End Work Eligibility for Spouses of H-1B Holders

Dec 15, 2017|

Breaking News**Wall Street Journal - DHS Seeks to End Work Eligibility for Spouses of H-1B Holders Department in proposal cites Trump’s ‘Hire American’ executive order in notice of possible reversal of Obama-era rule By Laura Meckler Dec. 14, 2017 9:00 p.m. ET 8 WSJ | 2017-12-15T02:00:00.000Z The spouses of highly skilled foreign workers [...]

26Oct, 2017

USCIS Concurs with Four OIG Recommendations on H1B Site Visit Program

Oct 26, 2017|

Based on the audit to determine whether the USCIS Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program (ASVVP) and targeted site visits are safeguarding the integrity of the H-1B Program, USCIS concurs with four recommendations and has begun corrective actions to address the findings: 1. A process to collect and analyze complete and accurate [...]

26Oct, 2017

USCIS Concurs with Four OIG Recommendations on H1B Site Visit Program

Oct 26, 2017|

Based on the audit to determine whether the USCIS Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program (ASVVP) and targeted site visits are safeguarding the integrity of the H-1B Program, USCIS concurs with four recommendations and has begun corrective actions to address the findings: 1. A process to collect and analyze complete and accurate data [...]

3Oct, 2017

Premium Processing Now Available for All Petitioners Seeking H-1B Visas

Oct 3, 2017|

USCIS resumed premium processing today for all H-1B visa extension of stay petitions. Premium processing is now available for all types of H-1B petitions. When a petitioner requests the agency’s premium processing service, USCIS guarantees a 15-calendar day processing time. If that time is not met, the agency will refund the petitioner’s [...]