The congressionally mandated H-2B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017 has been met, according to USCIS. The final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting employment start dates before October 1, 2017 was March 13, 2017 and USCIS has reportedly received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the cap. The H-2B non-agricultural temporary.. Read More
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 April 3, 2017 for the FY18 H-1B regular cap and master’s cap and may even applicable to petitions that may be cap-exempt. The suspension also.. Read More
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 under the 2005 Violence Against Women Act and on February 14, 2017, USCIS finally announced the implementation of the initiative. H-4 visas are given to.. Read More
It was recently announced that upon paying the USCIS Immigration Fee, new immigrants can also create a USCIS Online Account. Creating an online account will allow new immigrants to easily track the status of their Green Card, receive electronic notifications and case updates, and change and update mailing addresses all in one easy to access.. Read More
Reminder: Non-U.S. Citizens Must Report a Change of Address Within 10 Days of Moving Within the U.S.
Non-U.S citizens who have filed an application or petition for a benefit under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and expect notification of a decision or status of the application or petition filed, are by law, required to keep USCIS informed of their current address. With the exception of diplomats (visa status A), official government.. Read More
Two republican senators recently announced a bill that would reduce green cards for permanent legal residents by limiting whom U.S. citizens are permitted to sponsor. If signed into law, this legislation would end the U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery for countries that have few American immigrants, reduce the number of refugees allowed in the U.S., and.. Read More