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Alert: USCIS Conducts Random H-1B Lottery for FY 2018

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Today, after receiving 199,000 petitions, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it conducted its lottery (a computer-generated random selection process) on April 11 to select the H-1B petitions that it will adjudicate for the 65,000 general-cap and 20,000 master’s cap visas available for FY 2018. (more…)

H-1B Cap for FY 2018 Met

Maria del Carmen Ramos

United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced Friday that it had reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018.  (more…)

Maria del Carmen Ramos Receives JD Supra 2017 Readers’ Choice Award

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos, an immigration partner in our Tampa office, has received the 2017 Readers’ Choice Award as one of the top authors who published content through JD Supra. Maria was recognized for the outstanding reach and engagement she consistently attained through The Immigration Bulletin blog to readers across various industries. (more…)

Breaking News: USCIS will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing of H-1B Petitions

Mechelle Zarou

Mechelle Zarou

In an effort to reduce the growing backlog of pending H-1B petitions, including those H-1B extensions nearing the 240 day limit when continued work authorization would end, USCIS announced today that it would temporarily suspend the use of premium processing in ALL H-1B cases, whether filed under the upcoming H-1B cap, or whether the filing is exempt from the H-1B cap, beginning April 3, 2017. (more…)

Alert: New Handbook for Employers (M-274) is available

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

On February 28, 2017, USCIS published a new Handbook for Employers (“Handbook”) to accompany its updated version of the Form I-9, dated 11/14/2016 N. (more…)

Attorney Spotlight

Maria del Carmen Ramos, Partner, Handles all types of immigration matters for foreign nationals and large institutional clients, including routinely filing petitions for non-immigrant visas on behalf of employers, and advising and training employers on I-9 compliance.