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...

Washington D.C., January 23, 2018 – Yesterday, the House of Representatives and the Senate each passed a Continuing Resolution extending the operation of the U.S. Federal Government until February 8, 2018. The Continuing Resolution was then signed into law by the President to ensure the...

Washington D.C., January 22, 2018: For foreign workers and their employers, January usually marks the beginning of preparations for filing a new H-1B skilled worker visa in the opening week of the annual H-1B lottery that starts April 1. Will this change in 2018? If last...

Washington, D.C. – January 19, 2018: As negotiations on Capitol Hill continue to reach agreement on a bill to fund operations of the U.S. federal government, employers and immigrants are frequently anxious about whether U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) will also shut-down. The short answer...