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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Data Entry for Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions Completed

On May 17, 2019, USCIS announced their completion of H-1B cap-subject petitions data entry for fiscal year 2020, including petitions selected via USCIS’ computer-generated random selection process as well as those selected under the U.S. advanced degree exemption.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Social Media Identifiers to be Collected from U.S. Visa Applicants


The Department of State revised its immigrant and nonimmigrant visa application forms to now request social media identifiers.  Specifically, in addition to information already requested on visa applications, such as travel history, family member information, and previous addresses, most U.S. visa applicants worldwide will now be required to also provide details regarding names or “handles” used on social media platforms (i.e.
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Monday, June 24, 2019

USCIS to Reject I-129 Petitions Lacking Applicant or Petitioner Primary U.S. office address

USCIS will start rejecting Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, where the name and primary U.S. office address of the petitioner or applicant are missing (in addition to other form requirements, such as incorrect fee, missing signature, and/or unauthorized third-party signature on behalf of the petitioner).  

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Monday, June 24, 2019

USCIS Begins Premium Processing for Remaining FY 2020 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions on June 10, 2019

USCIS began premium processing service for all remaining Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions on June 10, 2019.  Petitioners may now file a Request for Premium Processing Service (Form I-907) with the USCIS service center where their petitions are currently pending.  Note that premium processing service remains available for cap-exempt H-1B petitions such as requests for Extension of Stay. 

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Monday, June 24, 2019

USCIS Announces New eProcessing Strategy to Enable Expansion of Online Filing

On May 22, 2019, USCIS announced a new eProcessing strategy that will accelerate its transition to a digital business model.  eProcessing will therefore be completely digital from start to end and will include the ability to apply for a benefit, communicate with USCIS and receive a decision on a pending case in addition to receiving biometrics appointment notices, status updates, ability to respond to Requests for Evidence and update/change contact information.  Through eProcessing, USCIS will create official digital immigration records from time of application to final decision, and will continue to issue Forms I-797, Notices of Action, and Forms I-94, Arrival-Departure Records, as evidence of benefits granted.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

CBP Announces New Alphanumeric Format for I-94 Numbers

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) announced that I-94 numbers will become alphanumeric effective May 2019 and that in replacement of the 11-digit numerical format, the new format will now have 9 digits with a letter in the 10th position and a digit in the 11th position.

CBP further provided that I-94 records that have not expired and were issued with the current numeric-only format will continue to be valid until the "Admit Until Date" reflected on the paper I-94 record (in passports) or on the electronic version found on CBP's I-94 website


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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

USCIS Reinstates Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 for all H-1B petitions.

If a request for evidence (“RFE”) for a pending petition has been received, the RFE response should be included with the premium processing request.

Please note that when an H-1B Petitioner has properly requested premium processing service, a 15-day processing time is guaranteed by USCIS.  If the processing time has not been met, USCIS will fully refund the premium processing fee and continue to expedite processing of the petition.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Premium Processing Resumed for H-1B Petitions Filed on or before Dec. 21, 2018

On Tuesday, February 19, 2019, USCIS resumed premium processing services for all H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018.

If you received a transfer notice on a pending H-1B petition and are requesting premium processing service, it will be necessary to submit the premium processing request to the service center reflected on the transfer notice, along with a copy of the transfer notice to avoid any delays that might be associated with the timely receipt of the premium processing request.  For Requests for Evidence (RFE) on a pending petition, you will also need to include the RFE response with the premium processing request.

Please note that in the event a premium processing request (on a transferred petition) was sent to the wrong service center, the petition will be forwarded to its current center location by the USCIS, but the premium processing clock will not commence until the request has been received at the correct center.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

DHS Announces Final Rule for H-1B Program

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule which will amend regulations governing H-1B cap-subject petitions. The final rule will reverse the order by which USCIS selects H-1B “cap” petitions for processing and will introduce a requirement for electronic registration for those petitioners filing H-1B cap-subject petitions. This rule will be effective April 1, 2019, although the requirement for electronic registration will be suspended for the Fiscal Year 2020 cap season (i.e. that requirement will take effect for next year’s cap filing season).

USCIS will initially select H-1B “cap” petitions submitted on behalf of all beneficiaries and those eligible for the advanced degree exemption starting April 1, 2019. USCIS will then select from the remaining advanced degree exemption eligible petitions. Previously, the advanced degree exemption “mini cap” was selected first. The reverse of this selection order is expected to result in an estimated increase of up to 5,340 (or 16%) workers in the number of selected petitions possessing a U.S. Master’s or a higher degree. 

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Friday, September 28, 2018

USCIS to Begin Implementing New PM on NTAs on October 1, 2018


On September 26, 2018, USCIS issued an update that they will begin implementing their June 28th Policy Memorandum (PM) 602-0050.1 pertaining to the referral of cases and issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in cases involving “inadmissible and removable” individuals.  For more information about this new Policy Memorandum, please see our previous blog entry on this subject.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

USCIS Expands Suspension Of H-1B Premium Processing In Order To Reduce Delays

The previously announced temporary suspension of cap-subject H-1B petitions has recently been extended by USCIS to February 19, 2019. The suspension is also now expanded, beginning September 11, 2018, to include petitions not subject to the H-1B cap, including H-1B “transfer”/change of employer petitions and extension petitions with the same employer where there has been a change in the terms of the employment.

USCIS will continue to Premium Process H-1B petitions that are not currently suspended if the petitioner properly filed the petition with an associated Form I-907 (Request for Premium Processing) before Sept 11, 2018 and will refund Premium Processing fees if the Petitioner filed before September 11, 2018 but USCIS did not adjudicate the case within the 15-calendar day processing period.  While the suspension is in effect, Forms I-907 filed with H-1B petitions will be rejected.


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