On May 31, 2019, the Department of State updated it's immigrant and nonimmigrant visa application forms to request additional information, including social media identifiers, from most U.S. visa applicants worldwide.
On April 10, USCIS used a random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated regular cap of 65,000 as well as the U.S. advanced degree exemption of 20,000.
USCIS today announced that premium processing (PP) will be offered in a two-phased approach during this year’s cap season. The first phase will be for cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting a change of status and the second phase will include all other cap-subject petitions.
To ensure ILG clients’ cap-subject H-1B cases are timely filed, we ask that all clients inform ILG of all cap-subject H-1B cases no later than Wednesday, March 13th. If you have already contacted ILG about the H-1B cap cases you wish to file this year, no further action is necessary.
Two versions of the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 have been introduced – one by the House of Representatives and one by the Senate. The House bill is gaining steam for passage.
This is an update to our last H4 EAD Update Article.
USCIS announced today that premium processing for H-1B transfers (change of employer) will finally return on Tuesday, Feb. 19th, but only for petitions filed on or before Dec. 21, 2018.
USCIS announced this week that it is revising Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (for H-4, L-2, B1/B2, etc.) and will publish the revised form on 03/11/2019.
USCIS will begin accepting H-1B cases subject to the annual cap on Monday, April 1, 2019.