H-1B Lottery Changes – Increased Chance for U.S. Masters Cases

The Department of Homeland Security announced a change to the H-1B selection process for cap-subject petitions. The changes will result in a more efficient and effective H-1B petition process and will also increase the chances for beneficiaries with a U.S. Masters degree to be accepted in the lottery. Traditionally, USCIS performed the Masters Cap lottery...
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New H-1B Electronic Registration Process

The Department of Homeland Security announced a new electronic registration requirement for employers participating in the H-1B petition process. Upon implementation, the electronic registration requirement will require employers/petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap petitions to first electronically register with USCIS during a designated registration period. Only petitioners whose registrations are selected will be eligible to...
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Trump Merit-Based H1B Visa Program Proposal – Advanced Degree Approvals

One of the major changes proposed under the Trump administration is converting the current H-1B visa program into a more merit-based system. If enacted, this would affect the chances of many foreigners hoping to stay in the US as temporary workers. The H-1B visa allows US employers to temporarily hire foreign talent in specialty occupations,...
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L1 Visa One Year Requirement Clarified by USCIS

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released a policy memorandum that clarifies certain requirements for the L-1 visa. In particular, the clarifications address the more specific details of the one-year employment pre-requisite. The L-1 visa is granted to foreign employees working at a US company’s foreign office and intending to transfer to the...
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2019 H-1B Cap Met – Rejected Petitions Being Returned

Yesterday, USCIS announced that they have completed the H-1B visa lottery for 2019. USCIS has now begun returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in the lottery. Due to the number of H-1B visa applications, the process of returning the rejected applications will take some time. Unless you have a receipt notice or a...
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USCIS Unlawful Presence Rule Change -Aug. 9, 2018

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a change in how they will calculate unlawful presence for students and exchange visitors in F, J, and M nonimmigrant status, including F-2, J-2, or M-2 dependents, who fail to maintain their status in the United States. The change will take effect Aug. 9, 2018. The full memorandum...
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Protecting U.S. Workers from Discrimination and Combat Fraud

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Justice announced an expansion in their collaboration to better detect and eliminate fraud, abuse, and discrimination by employers bringing foreign visa workers to the United States. This joint effort will improve the way information is shared between agencies in an effort to provide further protections...
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Entering Canada With a Misdemeanor

US Citizens with a criminal history are routinely turned back at the Canadian border as “criminally inadmissible”.  Even people who have traveled to Canada for years without a problem can suddenly be refused entry for a past conviction.  Just one misdemeanor conviction in the U.S. can make a trip to Canada impossible without applying for...
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