Employment-based Immigration

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Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions Temporarily Suspended

Posted on March 03, 2017

USCIS recently announced that as of April 3, 2017, premium processing for all H-1B petitions will be temporarily suspended. This temporary suspension applies to all H-1B petitions filed on or after ... Read More

USCIS Rolls Out Implementation of Granting Work Authorization to Abused H-4 Visa Holders

Posted on March 02, 2017

It was recently announced that USCIS will begin granting work authorization to abused H-4 visa holders. 12 years ago, Congress authorized work authorization for abused spouses of H-1B visa holders ... Read More

Many H-1B Visa Holders Left Waiting with 221G Forms as Administrative Processing Increases

Posted on January 30, 2017

A recent spurt in administrative processing by US consulates in India has put many Indian IT professionals currently in the US on H-1B visas as well as the companies that rely on them, in limbo. It ... Read More

USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of FY 2017

Posted on January 12, 2017

The final receipt date for new worker petitions requesting employment start dates before April 1, 2017 was January 10, 2017 and USCIS is said to have received enough petitions to reach the ... Read More

H-2B Employers Advised Against Identifying Returning Workers in Petitions for FY 2017

Posted on December 21, 2016

The H-2B returning worker provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 expired on September 30, 2016 and because Congress has not reauthorized the program, USCIS is now urging employers ... Read More

New Rule for Upcoming Year Prevents Automatic Revocation of I-140 Petitions

Posted on December 02, 2016

Effective January 17, 2017, employers will no longer be able to revoke I-140 petitions from employees who have held them for more than 180 days, even if their services have been terminated. This means ... Read More

Revisions for H4 EAD Visa Holders

Posted on December 02, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security recently announced a series of finalized rules to improve the employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant visa programs, some of which pertain to H4 EAD visa ... Read More