H-1B Cap Subject Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed

Today, March 27, 2020, USCIS announced that it has received enough electronic registrations during the initial period to reach the Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 2021) H-1B numerical cap. USCIS randomly selected from among the registrations that were deemed...

Automatic Extension of Driver’s Licenses

            In response to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s State of Disaster Declaration last week, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced an automatic extension of certain Texas driver’s licenses, identification cards, and election identification...

Litigating Short-Term Approvals Following ITServe v.Cissna

This article provides a follow up to Reddy & Neumann’s previous article regarding short-term approval litigation which can be found (https://rnlawgroup.com/news/720-suing-uscis-for-short-h-1b-approvals). Introduction             In the litigation...

Temporary Closure of USCIS Offices and ASCs

Effective March 18, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services is temporarily suspending in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) in an effort to limit spread of the COVID-19 virus. This will...

UPDATE: Immigration Impacts of the Coronavirus

The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic. Because of this there are many uncertainties in the field of employment-based immigration cases. For example, will there be a delay in USCIS...

Reminder! Qualifying for the H-1B Master’s Cap

With the new electronic registration system implemented for the upcoming H-1B lottery, attorneys/employers will need to indicate whether the registrant (the prospective H-1B beneficiary) will be filed under the Master’s cap or the regular cap in order...

Immigration Impacts of the Coronavirus

            The World Health Organization (“WHO”) has declared that COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus, is a “public health emergency of international concern.” While as of February 21, 2020, only 16 cases have been confirmed in the United...

FAQ’s about FY 2021 Quota

  FY 2021 quota is just around the corner! With it comes the use of USCIS’ new H-1B online registration system. To help employers prepare, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about the H-1B registration system, registration process,...

USCIS Releases New Version of Form I-9

Today USCIS released its newest version of Form I-9. The I-9 page of USCIS’ website states that as of today, employers should begin using the Form I-9 posted on its website, which is version 10/21/2019. Employers may use either the 07/17/17N or the...

EB-1C: Multinational Manager and Executive Immigrant Petitions

EB-1C petitions are filed by employers on behalf of certain employees who are multinational managers or executives. In many respects, the EB-1C classification is similar to the L-1A classification. It should be noted, however, that an L-1A approval...

What is Immigrant Intent?

There are two main visa categories: immigrant visas and nonimmigrant visas. The type of visa that is sought will depend on the purpose of the travel. Immigrant visas are issued to foreign nationals who come to take up permanent residence in the U.S....

U.S. SUPREME COURT ALLOWS PUBLIC CHARGE RULE TO TAKE EFFECT

          On Monday, January 27, 2020, the United States Supreme Court has granted the government’s request to implement the pubic charge rule while various legal challenges to the rule remain public.           The public charge rule was set to go...

STEM OPT Site Visit FAQ’s

The current regulations governing the STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension were issued in 2016, and since that time the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has always had the right to conduct worksite visits to make sure that employers...

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