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Category Archives: H-1B

Changes to the H-1B Program Are Coming

Maria del Carmen Ramos

On January 31, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security announced two major changes to the H-1B program. Under the final rule, which takes effect April 1, 2019, employers seeking to file H-1B petitions will now be required to first electronically register with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during a designated registration period. (more…)

Rescission of H-4 EADs is Imminent

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Over the last few months, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have unabashedly and repeatedly stated that is the current administration’s intent to rescind employment authorization for H-4 visa status holders. (more…)

Looking into our Crystal Ball to Plan Ahead for H-1B Season

Maria del Carmen Ramos

It’s hard to believe that H-1B season is around the corner! United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will start accepting new H-1B petitions for fiscal year 2019 on Monday, April 2, 2018. As such, employers should start immediately identifying current and future employees who will require sponsorship for new H-1B petitions. (more…)

USCIS Resumes H-1B Premium Processing for Conrad Waiver Program Physicians

Mechelle Zarou

On Monday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed for physicians under the Conrad Waiver program, as well as interested government interagency waivers. (more…)

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…)