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New Associate Attorney at Watson Immigration Law

We are thrilled to introduce our associate attorney Luka Jurić. A graduate of University of Washington, he is an experienced immigration lawyer who has specific expertise in dealing with current challenges in employment-based immigration. He is bright, hardworking, and his sense of humor always brings a laugh to our office when we need it the[…]

Israeli Nationals Eligible for Treaty Investor Visas

USCIS has announced that, on May 1st, certain Israeli nationals lawfully present in the United States will be eligible to change status to E-2 classification.   Copied from USCIS:   Certain Israeli nationals who are lawfully present in the United States will soon be able to request a change of status to the E-2 treaty[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Premium Processing Begins for Certain Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions on May 20

The USCIS published the below notice re. H1B Premium Process service today.  Good luck to those filing H1b applications! – Tahmina ___________ On May 20, USCIS will begin premium processing for FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petitioners requesting a change of status on their Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. Petitioners who do not file[…]

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[…]

H4 EAD Recission Imminent: What To Do Now

The long anticipated fear of the administration revoking H4 EADs is finally seeing some action.  Last week, the proposed rules were sent to the OMB which means that the proposed rules will be published in the very near future. I know this is distressing to many people. As a long standing advocate for H4 EADs,[…]

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[…]