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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Didn’t Get Into the H1B Visa Lottery?

Now that the H1B visa lottery is coming to a close, we are receiving questions about alternative visa categories for working in the United States. Unfortunately, the H1B visa may be the only option available depending on level of education, job duties, and country of citizenship. Others may have multiple alternative option available. If you...
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New USCIS Mission Statement

The Director of U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new mission statement for the agency. The change was done to more closely align the mission of USCIS with upholding the rule of law and ensuring the integrity of the immigration system. The new USCIS Mission Statement reads: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administers...
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USCIS Now Accepts Credit Card Payments for Certain Forms

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will now accept credit card payments for filing most of its forms. To pay by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover, applicants will need to use Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transaction. The new payment option is available for the following USCIS Forms: EOIR-29 –...
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Increased Scrutiny on Employer Employee Relationships for H-1B Visa Petitions

In a recently published memorandum USCIS has indicated that they will request detailed documentation to ensure a legitimate employer-employee relationship is maintained while an employee is working at a third-party work-site. This policy is in line with historical USCIS policy requiring a legitimate employer employee relationship for H-1B Visa petitions. Effective February 23, 2018, the...
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Increased Scrutiny and Denials of Admission

Under the administration of President Trump, we have seen a significant increase in denials for those seeking admission into the United States. Denials are not limited to those with criminal issues. They range from those seeking entry to the United States for shopping, business meetings, family visits, TN visa applicants, L visa applicants, and many...
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