H-1B Cap Lottery Completed
Today, USCIS announced that the H-1B random selection (lottery) process has concluded and that it has informed registrants and attorneys of the selection result through “MyUSCIS” accounts.
Premium Processing for OPT and STEM OPT EADs
USCIS has announced that Premium Processing (PP) will become available for certain F-1 students in phases
USCIS to Resume Bundled Processing of Applications for H and L Dependents
Effective January 25, 2023, USCIS will bundle the processing of I-539 and I-765 (EAD) applications for spouses and children of H-1B and L-1 nonimmigrants along with the I-129 petition.
Update #4: Expansion of Premium Processing
This is an update to our 9/15/2022 article regarding USCIS’s expansion of Premium Processing service.
Bay Area CBP Officers No Longer Stamping Passports
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced that, as of October 1, 2022, CBP officers at airports in the San Francisco Area Port jurisdiction, including SFO, SJC, and OAK, will no longer be stamping passports as a matter of course. This follows other ports of entry that are implementing a "stampless entry" pilot program.
Update Regarding Expansion of Premium Processing #3
This is an update to our July 18th article on USCIS’s expansion of premium processing.
Update Regarding Expansion of Premium Processing #2
This is a follow-up to our May 24th article on USCIS’s expansion of premium processing.
Update Regarding Expansion of Premium Processing
This is a follow-up to our March 31st article on USCIS’s effort to expand premium processing.
EAD Automatic Extension Period Will Increase From 180 to 540 Days
Today, USCIS announced a Temporary Final Rule (TFR) that increases the automatic extension period for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), available to certain EAD renewal applicants, from 180 to 540 days (360 days of additional automatic extension time). The increase, which will be effective on May 4, 2022, will help avoid gaps in employment for those with pending EAD renewal applications.