Starting August 9, 2018, USCIS officers must follow a new policy to calculate unlawful presence for F, J, and M status holders and their dependents who are admitted in duration of status or until a specific date. The policy for those in other nonimmigrant statuses will remain the same. This policy is important because a student may be subject to a 3-year, 10-year, or permanent bar to admission if they accrue too many days of […]Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
Want to Hire Someone but Their EAD Has Expired? There May Be Hope!
You’ve completed the arduous process of finding the perfect candidate for the job. This person fits the bill perfectly. Beyond having the necessary skills and experience, this individual also has the right personality and attitude to fit into the team seamlessly. Better yet, everyone agrees that this candidate is the one! Now comes time for the onboarding process. You’re filling out the Form I-9, and then it happens. You’re presented with an EAD, but it’s […]Continue Reading
“I gave my heart to the Americans and thought of nothing else but raising my banner and adding my colors to theirs.” – Marquis de Lafayette Did you know that immigrants are a significant presence in our military? This isn’t a recent phenomenon. By the 1840s, half of all military recruits were foreign-born. They made up 20% of the Union Army during the Civil War. And half a million immigrants served in the armed forces […]Continue Reading