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January 27, 2023- Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Jan 27, 2023 | 0 Comments

USCIS SETTLES LAWSUIT WHICH SHOULD STREAMLINE EADS FOR H-4 AND L-2 DERIVATIVES In a recently signed settlement, USCIS agrees to return to bundling the adjudication of I-539s and I-756s for H-4 and L-2 derivative along with the underlying I-129 petition when these forms are filed together. Prior...

January 20, 2023- Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Jan 20, 2023 | 0 Comments

FEBRUARY 2023 VISA BULLETIN Next month, EB-1 India and China will maintain their Final Action cutoff date of February 1, 2022 and their Dates of Filing cutoff date of June 1, 2022. EB-2 India Final Action date stays at October 8, 2011. The EB-2 India Dates for Filing cutoff will remain at May 1,...

January 13, 2023- Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Jan 13, 2023 | 0 Comments

USCIS RELEASES PROPOSED FEE INCREASES FOR MULITPLE FORMS TO OFFSET COST OF ASLYUM ADJUDICATION U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a proposal last week of certain fee increases that they intend to implement as a way to increase their ability to fund the asylum program. A fee of ...

January 6, 2023 - Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Jan 06, 2023 | 0 Comments

USCIS ISSUES PROPOSED RULE FOR FEE CHANGE FOR CERTAIN APPLICATIONS In an attempt to “fully recover its operating costs, reestablish and maintain timely case processing, and prevent the accumulation of future case backlogs,” USCIS has proposed a fee increase on certain nonimmigrant worker petitio...

December 30, 2022- Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Dec 30, 2022 | 0 Comments

    E-VERIFY RENEWS ABILITY FOR EMPLOYERS TO SIMULTANEOUSLY UPLOAD MULTIPLE HIRING SITES   E-Verify has restored the ability for employers, employer agents, and corporate administrators to upload multiple hiring sites simultaneously. This feature will allow increased efficiency for ...

December 23, 2022- Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Dec 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

DHS PUBLIC CHARGE FINAL RULE GOES INTO EFFECT DECEMBER 23, 2022 On December 23, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security's Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility rule will go into effect. The rule attempts to provide “clarity and consistency for noncitizens on how DHS will administer the publi...

December 16, 2022- Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Dec 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

USCIS ANNOUNCES TRIAL OF NEW VERSION OF THE NATURALIZATION TEST The citizenship test for naturalization consists of two parts, an English test that evaluates an applicants ability to read, write and speak, and a civics test that assesses the applicant's knowledge of U.S. government and history....

December 9, 2022- Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Dec 09, 2022 | 0 Comments

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SET TO VOTE ON EAGLE ACT NEXT WEEK The Equal Access to Green Cards for Legal Employment Act of 2022 has received bipartisan support and is scheduled to be voted on soon. The Act aims to eliminate per-country limits on employment-based green cards, raise annual limits on...

December 2, 2022- Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Dec 02, 2022 | 0 Comments

USCIS ANNOUNCES WORK AUTHORIZATION INCIDENT TO PAROLE STATUS FOR CERTAIN AFGHAN AND UKRAINIAN PAROLEES As of November 21, 2022, USCIS is providing employment authorization incident to status and a no-fee initial employment authorization document to parolees from Afghanistan and Ukraine, in an a...

November 18, 2022- Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Dec 02, 2022 | 0 Comments

CHILD STATUS PROTECTION ACT MAY OFFER HOPE TO DEPENDENTS AGING OUT OF GREEN CARD ELIGIBILITY With the employment-based priority dates for EB-2 and EB-3 nationals from India and China in retrogression, the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) may provide some protection to dependents who turn twent...

November 11, 2022- Weekly Immigration News Updates

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Nov 11, 2022 | 0 Comments

AS ELON MUSK LAYS OFF HALF OF ALL TWITTER EMPLOYEES, H-1B AND L-1 WORKERS ARE LEFT IN LIMBO US-based tech companies hire a significant number of H-1B workers and many are considered “H-1B dependent” which means that a notable portion of their workforce is in the country on an employment-related ...

November 4, 2022- Weekly Immigration News Updates

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Nov 04, 2022 | 0 Comments

BIG TECH PUSHES FOR ADDITIONAL IMMIGRATION PROTOCOL TO BE ADDED TO THE CHIPS AND SCIENCE ACT IN THE NAME OF NATIONAL SECURITY Three months ago, Congress passed the Chips and Science Act, which aims to attract foreign STEM workers to the United States to help reinvest in the domestic manufacturin...

October 28th, 2022- Weekly Immigration News Updates

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Oct 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

USCIS EXTENDS COVID-19 RELATED FLEXIBILITY On October 24th, USCIS issued a renewed automatic extension of 60 days to the due date of several types of requests and notices. This extension applies to Requests for Evidence, Continuations to Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny, Notices...

October 21st, 2022- Weekly Immigration News Updates

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Oct 21, 2022 | 0 Comments

USCIS ISSUES POLICY ALERT FOR L-1 INTRACOMPANY TRANSFEREES Updates on eligibility requirements, filing, documentation and evidence, and adjudication procedures for L-1 visa petitions can be found in the recent policy guidance provided by USCIS. For L-1A visas, the employee must be performing ma...

October 14th, 2022- Weekly Immigration News Updates

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Oct 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

DHS EXTENDS I-9 FLEXIBILITY THROUGH JULY 2023 AND SAYS EMPLOYERS SHOULD CONTINUE USING CURRENT I-9 FORM EVEN AFTER ITS EXPIRATION DATE OF OCTOBER 31, 2022 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Form I-9 is used to verify the identity and employment authorization for both citizens and noncitizens who are hired to ...

H-1B EMPLOYER COMPLIANCE TIPS FOR LCA AND PAF AUDITS

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Oct 07, 2022 | 0 Comments

H-1B EMPLOYER COMPLIANCE TIPS FOR LCA AND PAF AUDITS Employers who hire H-1B workers are subject to many regulatory obligations. For example, the employer must continue to pay the H- IB worker the required wage rate throughout the entirety of the period of validity of the LCA. If the required wa...

Court Allows Pre-Authorized Regional Centers to Continue Operations and New Form I-526 Petitions to be Filed

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Jul 11, 2022 | 0 Comments

On June 24, 2022, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ordered a nationwide preliminary injunction thus allowing RCs to immediately accept new investors as of the date of the decision. The judge ruled that USCIS may not deauthorize the previously valid RCs and those centers must be allowed to continue their operations in accordance with the RIA. Moreover, Form I-526 petitions from immigrants investing in RCs should resume processing.

FY 2023 H1B CAP Lottery Result is out

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Mar 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

The FY2023 H1B lottery result is out and will continue to come out until the end of March 2022. USCIS has published the 1st round of random lottery from the submitted petitions. The other rounds of H1B lottery Results will be updated by March 31st, 2022.

Common Issues with H1-B Request for Evidence (RFE) Notices

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Mar 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

If adequate initial evidence is not submitted with an H1-B petition or does not demonstrate eligibility, USCIS may deny the request for lack of proof or request that the evidence is provided within 12 weeks. A request for evidence will specify the evidence already provided and what is still required. There are several reasons why USCIS may issue an RFE.

The OPT Cap-Gap Extension and pending H-1B visa

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Jan 17, 2022 | 0 Comments

The OPT Cap-Gap Extension and pending H-1B visa  A Cap-Gap extension allows an eligible F-1 OPT or STEM OPT student to continue to work on an expired OPT card so long as it expires after April 1st and an H-1B visa lottery has been selected and a non-frivolous change of status from F-1 to H-1B ha...

How to do H-1B Visa Lottery Registration for 2022

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Jan 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

H-1B Registration Process 2022 The H-1B registration process requires employers to register each qualified cap subject H-1B visa beneficiary through a USCIS online portal before filing the actual petition with the USCIS. If the H-1B registration submissions exceed the statutory limits (which...

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