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July 14, 2023 - Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Jul 14, 2023 | 0 Comments

USCIS and Department of Homeland Security The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expanded the list of academic degrees eligible for the F-1 STEM optional practical training (OPT) program, now including eight new fields of study. Please note, the EB-1 India and EB-3 Worldwide (excluding E...

July 07, 2023 - Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Jul 07, 2023 | 0 Comments

USCIS Issues Guidance on Requests to Reschedule Biometric Services Appointments USCIS has issued new policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding procedures for requesting to reschedule biometric services appointments at Application Support Centers (ASCs). The policy, effective as of Jul...

June 30, 2023 - Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Jun 30, 2023 | 0 Comments

Exciting Updates on USCIS Digital Tools We are pleased to inform you that USCIS will be launching new digital tools in the coming weeks to enhance customer service and improve efficiency. Here's a glimpse of what you can expect: Text Ahead Feature: Customers will have the option to opt-in to ...

June 23, 2023 - Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Jun 23, 2023 | 0 Comments

USCIS Provides Guidance on Employment Authorization Documents Based on Compelling Circumstances We would like to bring to your attention the recent policy guidance provided by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regarding the eligibility criteria for initial and renewal applica...

June 16, 2023 - Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Jun 16, 2023 | 0 Comments

DOS Fee Increase for NIV and Special Visa Applications Delayed until June 17 The implementation of fee increases for NIV application processing fees and Border Crossing Card fees has been delayed. Originally set to take effect on May 27, 2023, the new fees will now be implemented on June 17, 202...

June 9, 2023 - Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Jun 10, 2023 | 0 Comments

OFLC Continues to Provide Guidance on Form ETA-9089 in FLAG   The Department of Labor (DOL) has released a new form titled "Form ETA-9089, Final Determination." This form is specifically intended for use when submitting a Form I-140 petition to USCIS in support of a Schedule A or National Inter...

June 2, 2023 - Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Jun 02, 2023 | 0 Comments

Form ETA-9089 Submissions for PERM in Flag Deployed on June 1 The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) has an exciting notice for employers and individuals involved in the PERM labor certification process. On June 1, 2023, the PERM module in the FLAG (Foreign Labor Application Gateway)...

May 26, 2023 - Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | May 26, 2023 | 0 Comments

DOS Implements Measures to Expedite Visa Processing The DOS has implemented new technology and improved coordination to reduce the number of visa applications that require administrative processing on security grounds. Since October 2022, the majority of cases that previously required additional...

May 19, 2023 - Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | May 19, 2023 | 0 Comments

H-1B and LCA Compliance Protocol: Lesson Learned A recent case involving Peri Software Solutions, Inc. has highlighted the significance of complying with H-1B regulations. The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division found that the company owed $1,456,4222 in back wages to 163 H-1B workers d...

May 12, 2023 - Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | May 12, 2023 | 0 Comments

Larsen & Toubro Technology Services Settles Dispute by Paying $9.9 Million L&T Technology Services, LTD has agreed to pay $9.9 million to resolve a dispute over visa fees. It was alleged that between 2014 and 2019, the company underpaid USCIS fees by using B-1 visas instead of H-1B visas, which...

May 5, 2023 - Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | May 05, 2023 | 0 Comments

H-1B Visa Registration Numbers Show Demand Far Exceeds Supply; Changes Are Necessary to Ensure Integrity of the System The demand for H-1B visas, which allow foreign workers to work in the US, far exceeds the supply. The registration system has flaws that have made it vulnerable to exploitation,...

April 28, 2023- Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Apr 28, 2023 | 0 Comments

More than 780,000 registered for the H-1B Lottery in FY 2024 against about 80,000 H-1B visas (Only 350,000 applicants for H-1B visas submitted one entry into the lottery this year; the rest of 431,000 cases were part of the double to triple filing for the same person) This past H-1B CAP lottery...

April 21, 2023- Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Apr 21, 2023 | 0 Comments

MAY 2023 VISA BULLETIN According to the May Visa Bulletin, employment-based preference adjustment of status filings, USCIS will continue to use the Final Action Dates chart that was used in April. EB-1 for India and China will maintain their Final Action cutoff date of February 1, 2022 and Dates...

April 14, 2023 Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Apr 14, 2023 | 0 Comments

Delay in issuing PERM (Labor Certification) and Prevailing Wage  As per the DOL FLAG page, there is still a considerable delay in issuing the PERM approval and Prevailing Wage. As of March 31, 2023, the Department of Labor (DOL) was conducting analyst review for PERM applications filed in July 2022 or earlier,  and processing audited cases with priority dates of April 2022 or earlier. DOL is working on standard reconsideration requests that were filed in July 2022 or earlier.

April 7, 2023- Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Apr 07, 2023 | 0 Comments

ALTERNATIVES TO THE H-1B LOTTERY Please contact us soon so we can explore various U.S. and global visa categories for employers and non-selected H-1B lottery employees to consider. Whether you are sending this employee overseas or transferring his or her status to H-3, J-1, O-1, day-one CPT, EB-...

March 31, 2023- Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Mar 31, 2023 | 0 Comments

USCIS ANNOUNCES THAT FY 2024 H-1B CAP HAS BEEN MET USCIS has received enough electronic registrations during the initial registration period to fill the FY 2024 H-1B numerical allocations, including the advanced degree exemption Master's cap. All prospective applicants who were selected have bee...

March 24, 2023- Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Mar 24, 2023 | 0 Comments

USCIS ANNOUNCES END OF COVID-RELATED FLEXIBILITIES USCIS has notified the public that the Covid-related flexibilities in responding to several types of notices and requests have ended. First announced in March 2020, during the height of the Pandemic in the United States, USCIS began granting an ...

March 17, 2023- Weekly Immigration Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Mar 17, 2023 | 0 Comments

U.S. PASSPORT RENEWAL SUBJECT TO INCREASING DELAYS Earlier this year, routine U.S. passport renewals were taking roughly between 6-9 weeks, with expedited renewal petitions taking roughly half of that time, between 3-5 weeks. However, as of recent, the processing time has increased to 8-11 week...

March 10, 2023- Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Mar 10, 2023 | 0 Comments

USCIS INCREASES FEE FOR EB-5 REGIONAL CENTER PROGRAM The Department of Homeland Security announced on March 2, 2023 that the annual fees to be collected for the “EB-5 Integrity Fund” will be increased. The increased revenue will be primarily used to administer the EB-5 Regional Center Program. ...

February 17, 2023- Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Feb 17, 2023 | 0 Comments

CERTAIN NONIMMIGRANT VISA APPLICANTS WHO WERE DENIED WAIVER WILL BE ABLE TO REAPPLY Following a district court ordered, the U.S. government will provide relief to approximately 41,000 nonimmigrant visa applicants who were denied a waiver during the Trump administration's travel ban and who have ...

February 3, 2023- Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Feb 16, 2023 | 0 Comments

USCIS ANNOUNCES REGISTRATION SCHEDULE FOR FY 2024 H-1B CAP SEASON The H-1B cap registration period for FY 2024 will open at noon ET on March 1, 2023 and will close at noon ET on March 17, 2023. Prospective H-1B cap employers may use their “registrant” myUSCIS accounts for FY 2024 cap registratio...

February 10, 2023- Weekly Immigration News Update

Posted by Keshab R. Seadie | Feb 16, 2023 | 0 Comments

H-1B CAP SEASON FOR 2024 OPENS MARCH 1   The FY-2024 H-1B lottery registration window opens March 1, 2023 and will remain open until 12pm ET March 17, 2023. The lottery allocation system is based on random selection and closes once the cap has been met, so filing as soon as possible is re...

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 ...

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