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L1 Visa Renewal: Your Ultimate Guide to Extension

Understanding the L1 visa extension process is essential for foreign nationals seeking to extend their stay in the U.S. This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about the extension process for both L-1A and L-1B visa categories, aimed at executives, managers, and employees with knowledge working for multinational companies. We aim to simplify […]

New interview requirement for employment-based adjustments

A new requirement necessitates an in-person interview for employment-based green card applicants at the adjustment stage. Visa holders who are family members of refugees or people who receive asylum will also be required to undergo an in-person interview when they apply for provisional status. The interview mandate is not, technically, new, but USCIS currently routinely […]

H-1B Premium Processing Suspended

USCIS suspends Premium Processing for all H1B applications starting April 3 On Friday, March 3rd, USCIS announced that it will temporarily suspend Premium Processing for all H-1B petitions starting April 3, 2017. This suspension may last up to 6 months. While H1B premium processing is suspended, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, […]

H-1B Filing Season Opens to Uncertainty, Trump Threats

Monday, April 3 marked the first day of the 2018 H-1B filing season. The H-1B visa is the most popular work visa for highly skilled workers. 85,000 visas are issued each year, with 20,000 of those reserved for graduates of US Masters programs. As with years past, this year we expect the H-1B program to […]

USCIS resumes Premium Processing for cap-exempt H1B petitions

On July 24, 2017, USCIS announced it will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions effective immediately. Premium processing will resume for petitions that may be exempt from the cap if the H-1B petitioner is: 1) an institution of higher education; 2) a nonprofit related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education; […]

USCIS Restarts Premium Processing For Cap-subject H1B Visas

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Monday said that it will immediately restart “premium processing” for all 2018 cap-subject H-1B visa petitions. The program was suspended in April but USCIS allowed premium processing for certain applicants such as Physicians under the Conrad 30 Program, applicants with IGA waivers (Interested Government Agency) and certain H1B petitions […]

Premium Processing for H1B Petitions to Resume October 2017

USCIS has informed the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) that it will resume premium processing for all types of H-1B petitions October 3, 2017. USCIS had already resumed premium processing service for H-1B Cap cases on September 18, 2017. Normal processing times for H-1B petitions can be in excess of 6 months. Petitioners have the […]

H-1B Premium Processing Partially Reinstated

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the reinstatement of the premium processing program for a limited number of H-1B petitions. Premium processing resumed on January 28, 2019, for fiscal year (FY) 2019 H-1B cap cases (those subject to the annual quota). FY 2019 H-1B cap cases were those that were filed in April 2018 […]

New H-1B Lottery Registration System

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a final rule for a new, electronic preregistration process for the H-1B 2021 cap selection system. Under the new system, employers will complete an online form during a designated registration period for each employee they want to sponsor for the H-1B lottery. The fee for each registration […]

FY 2019 H-1B Visa Lottery Season Approaches

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin to accept H-1B cap filings for employment in Fiscal Year 2019, which begins October 1, 2018, on April 2, 2018. As usual, competition for FY 2019 H-1B employment visas is expected to be extremely high. The 65,000 standard cap numbers and 20,000 additional numbers for holders of […]