U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has reached the congressionally mandated maximum number of new H-1B visa petitions for fiscal year (FY) 2019. This is referred to as the “cap” on H-1B visas. The H-1B cap was reached in 5 days,...

Washington, D.C. – March 28, 2018: Last week, the House of Representatives and the Senate each passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, a $1.3 trillion spending bill that funds the government through September 30, 2018. President Trump then signed the bill into law to...

Washington, D.C., March 7, 2018 - The American Immigration Lawyers Association recently held a webinar to discuss the O-1 and EB-1A visa processes for individuals in the science and business fields. Some of the topics discussed were the importance of support letters and current USCIS...

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced yesterday that premium processing requests will not be accepted for cases filed pursuant to the fiscal year 2019 (FY19) H-1B Cap, including petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher. Any request...

Washington, D.C. - February 27, 2018: U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced late last week that that it was imposing stricter requirements for companies that rely on H-1B workers. H-1B visas are the main skilled worker visa for professionals and specialized knowledge workers to...

Washington D.C., February 8, 2018: On-going negotiations on Capitol Hill to extend the federal budget and reform various immigration programs appear to be reaching for a consensus on a two-year budget agreement for increased spending on national defense, increased spending on disaster relief for devastated...

Washington D.C., February 6, 2018: Political negotiations regarding the future of various immigration programs to the U.S. have expanded to include certain family-based immigrant programs. Such news reports have caused many of our clients ask our law firm whether it is still possible for an...