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Yearly Archives from 2017

Premium Processing Suspended Temporarily

The USCIS announced that it is temporarily suspending premium processing of all I-129 H-1B petitions. The suspension will begin on April 3, 2017, the first business day for filing H-1B cap petitions.  USCIS has indicated the suspension may last up to six months.

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I-9 Alert: Automatic Extensions of EADs

Due to the new High-Skilled Workers rule that went into effect on January 17, 2017, USCIS is no longer required to adjudicate EADs within ninety days. To help prevent a gap in employment authorization, DHS will grant automatic 180-day EAD extensions in most categories if filed on the same basis as the initial EAD. Here is what you need to know about these new regulation. 

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Immigration Success Story: H-1B for Skilled Workers and Professionals

The Marks Gray Immigration Team is already helping clients with H-1B petitions for the upcoming April lottery. This month, we are highlighting the success story of a French citizen who received a cap-subject (lottery subject) H-1B petition last year under the FY2017 lottery. After receiving notice from us that his H-1B petition was selected under the lottery, our client said, “For real!…Oh my god!!!! Thank you very much!!!!”

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Tips to Prepare for a Successful New H-1B Filing

Here are our top five tips for H-1B filing: Your H-1B petition must be ready to be filed by April 3rd, 2017. It’s crucial to start preparing now. Don’t delay! Your position must relate to your educational credentials. The H-1B requires at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. That education must be related to the job you will perform in the United States.

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FAQs about H-1B Prep: Staying Ahead of the Game

With the upcoming H-1B filing season fast approaching, it’s time to start planning accordingly and based on what we currently know. The Trump administration is expected to issue proposed changes to the H-1B visa program. The proposed changes were outlined in a draft of an Executive Order dated January 23, 2017 titled “Protecting American Jobs and Workers by Strengthening the Integrity of Foreign Worker Visa Programs.” Additionally, legislation has been introduced in Congress to address the H-1B […]

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Employer Alert: New I-9 Handbook

It’s here! US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released the new M-274 “Handbook for Employers with Guidance for Completing Form I-9”. The handbook includes guidance on completing the new Form I-9, which went into effect on January 22, 2017, as well as photocopying and retention, unlawful discrimination and penalties, and E-Verify.

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