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USCIS Finishes Data Entry for FY2019 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

It’s official! USCIS has completed the data entry for all H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the lottery. It has now begun to adjudicate petitions. The petitions not selected and the related USCIS’ filing fees will be returned in a few months. Since there are so many petitions, the timeline for returning all petitions is unknown. However, the process is usually completed by August.

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The Rise of Arrests and Audits: Immigration Crackdown Targets Employers

Since Trump took office in 2017, there has been a sharp increase in audits to verify that employees are authorized to work in the United States. And there are plans to further increase the pressure on employers. Employers who are found to be noncompliant may be subject to hefty administrative fines and even criminal prosecution in some cases. A Look at the Numbers So Far Between October 2016 and September 2017, only 1,360 audits were […]

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Social Media Questions for Visa Applicants

U.S. Department of State recently proposed new questions that would require visa applicants to disclose all social media identities used in the last five years. They may also ask about international travels and request a five-year history of applicants’ phone numbers and email addresses. Exemptions will be made for diplomatic and official visas. If you will be applying for a visa, be aware that you may need to gather this additional information to prepare for […]

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ALERT: Undeliverable Immigration Documents Destroyed After 60 Days

If you have recently moved or plan to move, this is important news! Unless you provide USCIS with the correct address, any Permanent Resident Card, Employment Authorization Card, or Travel Document that are returned as undeliverable by the U.S. Postal Service will be destroyed after 60 days. Don’t risk it! Report your change of address within 10 days of your move. To submit an address change notification, it is best if you notify USCIS electronically. […]

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I-9 Verification of Current Employee with Automatic EAD Extension

As EAD extension delays become more common, so does the need to verify employees who are subject to a 180-day automatic extension. In this article, you’ll learn how to complete the process for current employees. Check back next month to learn how to handle it for new employees. What should the employer do first? The category code on the EAD must match one of these categories: A03, A05, A07, A08, A10, C08, C09, C10, C16, […]

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USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing for H-1B Cap Cases… Again

USCIS has announced another temporary suspension of Premium Processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions, including those seeking an exemption for individuals with a master’s degree or higher. However, unlike last year, they will continue to accept Premium Processing for petitions that are not subject to the cap, including those filed by cap-exempt institutions. USCIS will announce when they resume premium processing, but the suspension is expected to continue until September 10, 2018.

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