USCIS Commemorates Second Anniversary of Buy American and Hire American Executive Order

Below is a list of policies and regulations that USCIS has enacted since Buy American and Hire American (BAHA) went into effect. Despite its seemingly benign and lofty ideals of “[protecting] economic interests of U.S. workers” and “[preventing] fraud and abuse” BAHA’s reality has been little more than furthering the not-so-secret policy of this administration[…]

May 2019 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The May 2019 Visa Bulletin was just released. EB1 all countries is disappointingly still not current, and shows no signs of becoming so any time soon. However, the date for filing employment-based visa applications for EB1 all countries finally showed some significant movement, advancing about three months to 1 September 2018, after having not moved[…]

USCIS Strengthens Guidance for Spousal Petitions Involving Minors

USCIS announced on Friday additional guidance for the adjudication and evaluation of spousal petitions involving minors, in the form of a Policy Alert updating the Adjudicator’s Field Manual. These additional evaluation factors appear to be limited in scope to only spousal petitions involving minors, but with the current administration clamping down on legal immigration at[…]

USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2020 and Reaches the Advanced Degree Exemption Cap

USCIS has announced that, on April 10th, they completed the random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally mandated 85,000 H-1B visas allotted each fiscal year. USCIS received a total of 201,011 H-1B petitions during the filing period for Fiscal Year 2020, which represents an increase from the 190,098 H-1B petitions[…]

April 2019 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The April 2019 Visa Bulletin was just released. Below are the new priority dates. Once again, it is very disappointing to see that EB1 all countries is still not current, and the priority date has not advanced from last month’s bulletin. We have a number of clients in holding patterns and are monitoring this carefully[…]

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

USCIS has just announced that, effective tomorrow, March 12, 2019, they are resuming premium processing for all H-1B petitions.   Copied from USCIS:   USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, you should include the RFE response with the[…]

March 2019 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The March 2019 Visa Bulletin was released last Friday. Below are the new priority dates. It was disappointing to see that EB1 all countries is still not current, and the priority date has not advanced from last month’s bulletin. We have a number of clients in holding patterns and are monitoring this carefully as a result.[…]

News Update: USCIS to Publish Revised Form I-539 and New Form I-539A

Another concerning announcement coming from USCIS regarding a revised Form I-539 and new Form I-539A, including a new biometrics fee requirement of $85 for many categories of applicants, including those applying for H-4 status.   Copied from USCIS:   We have revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status and will publish the revised form on our[…]

News Update: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Filed on or before December 21, 2018

Some (rare) positive news on the H-1B front. USCIS has announced that they are resuming premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018. This announcement expands upon USCIS’ previous resumption of premium processing for all FY 2019 cap-subject H-1B petitions to include non-cap subject H-1B transfers and extensions (other than continuation[…]