The IOWA Caucus Fiasco May Have Lessons For H-1B CAP Registration

2020-02-07T17:55:56+00:00Feb 7, 2020|

In order to be proactive and ensure H-1B CAP petitions are filed on time and with the least amount of disruption, it may be prudent and certainly proactive to commence processing of H-1B petitions as in previous years. I believe it is better to be prepared than find oneself in a situation like the Democrats did in Iowa on Monday night

ICE Updates Policy for OPT Students – How to Determine if Employment is in a “Major Area of Study”

2019-10-04T15:04:28+00:00Oct 4, 2019|

On September 27, 2019, Immigration and Customs Enforcement updated and provided policy guidance on how to determine whether a student’s practical training is in an area “directly related” to the student’s major area of study. This is in keeping with the regulations at 8 CFR 214.2(f)(10)(ii)(A) and is applicable to both CPT and OPT employment. [...]

What to Know and How to Prepare for STEM-OPT Employer Site Visits

2019-09-24T19:19:18+00:00Sep 24, 2019|

In a new development, DHS/Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) has commenced site visits to employer locations that train STEM OPT students. This program began about 12 days ago, and clients have started reporting site visits to verify STEM OPT related information. Advance Notice to Employers: According to the Study in the States website maintained by DHS, [...]

HandiCAPping Anyone? Making Sense of the H-1B Random Selection Process

2019-05-22T15:09:43+00:00May 22, 2019|

On May 17th, the USCIS announced it had completed data entry for all fiscal year 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the computer-generated random selection process, including those selected under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. Now, the Service will begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. This process usually takes approximately 8-14 [...]

ATLAS SHRUGGED! The unbearable evidentiary burden on H-1B Petitioners

2018-12-21T21:34:51+00:00Dec 21, 2018|

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has resorted to steadily increasing its demands for evidence and documentation in H-1B proceedings. Oftentimes, the USCIS remains unconvinced, even when Petitioners provide overwhelming documentation and evidence with the initial petition. Requests for Evidence (RFEs) are ten to fourteen pages long and recite a long litany [...]

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