John Oliver explains the plight of immigration courts- worth watching!

After reading a post from a Facebook group on John Oliver’s latest episode on HBO about Sinclare Broadcasting issues, I wanted to watch the episode. So, I logged into our HBO account and started to watch it. The Sinclare Broadcasting piece definitely raises serious concerns. But in addition, to my surprise, John Oliver started to[…]

Breaking: Last Minute Blow to H-1Bs- Memo Regarding Matter of S-Inc. (Multiple H1b Applications for Same Beneficiary)

Today, the day before we will file H1b applications for the lottery, USCIS presents us with a brand-new memo that will likely add to the 2018 adjudication chaos. The memo is based on the case of Matter of S-Inc which was reopened by USCIS on January 11, 2018 for the ‘purpose of making revisions’- presumably[…]

Breaking: Premium Processing Will Be Suspended for Cap-H1bs ONLY until September 10, 2018

A few moments ago, USCIS released a notice that premium processing will be suspended for H1b cap cases for both regular and Master’s cases. The suspension is expected until September 10th 2018.  The suspension will not apply to other types of H1b filings such as transfers or extensions (thank goodness- last year was tough with[…]

Tahmina’s top 6 points about the new H1b policy memo regarding third party sites

On February 23rd, 2018, USCIS released a new memo titled “Contracts and Itineraries Requirements for H-1B Petitions Involving Third-Party Worksites”.  In this memo, USCIS creates new and onerous policy guidance about H1b adjudications.  Here are some of my thoughts about the memo: While the memo targets employers who place H1b workers at ‘third party worksites’[…]

More Problems On The Horizon For H1b Visas

As the H1b lottery season approaches, the USCIS issued a new policy memo last night.  Below is the email from USCIS.  I will write about the details of the memo shortly but in essence, it is going to rise to more RFEs and denials.  Stay tuned. From USCIS: WASHINGTON—The H-1B visa program generally allows a[…]

Temporary Protected Status Ending for El Salvador

On Monday January 8th 2018, the administration ended temporary protected status (TPS) for those from El Salvador.  Having recently ended TPS for Haiti and Honduras, this step was anticipated. However, there was still some hope, until this morning, that this action would not be taken. People on TPS from El Salvador have until 9th September[…]

International Entrepreneur Rule Application Process Released by USCIS!

Following successful litigation, USCIS released information on the application process for the International Entrepreneur Rule.  Here is a link. We will look forward to helping if you require help! USCIS did post a notice about this information and noted that a draft rule to rescind the IER is almost final. I copy the notice below:[…]

International Entrepreneur Rule- a Court Victory

Today was a victory for the rule of law. The International Entrepreneur Rule was delayed by the new administration days before it was supposed to go into effect. Procedures and protocols were not followed as required by the law. The NVCA brought a case against the administration represented by the American Immigration Council and the[…]