Immigration Blog

How Will New Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions be Selected?

USCIS expects to receive more than 85,000 new cap-subject H-1Bs petitions during the first 5 business days in April.  This will result in a random lottery of the petitions received. First the master’s and then the regular cap. If there are more than 20,000 “master’s cap” petitions filed, USCIS will conduct a random computer selection from those petitions for the 20,000 exemptions. Any petitions not selected for the master’s cap will then be included in the […]

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Montreal to Handle All Fiancé(e) Visa Interviews in Canada

Currently, only two posts in Canada process fiancé(e) visas, Vancouver and Montreal. However, starting April 1, 2016 the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver will no longer process K-1 visas, also known as fiancé(e) visas.  This change applies to all K-1 petitions received at the National Visa Center (NVC) after March 31st. What does this mean for Canadian residents applying for a K Visa? After USCIS approves your I-129F petition, it is sent to the NVC which […]

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USCIS continues to seek public comments on proposed changes to Form I-9

Public comments may be submitted until April 27, 2016. In response to the public comments already received, USCIS has already made changes to the proposed new form including: Validations on certain fields to ensure information is entered correctly; Drop-down lists and calendars; Embedded instructions for completing each field; A dedicated area to enter additional information that employers are currently annotating in the margins; A quick-response (QR) code that generates once the form is printed to […]

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USCIS Seeks Additional Comments on Proposed Changes to I-9

  USCIS continues to seek public comments on proposed changes to Form I-9, Employment Verification.  Public comments can be submitted until April 27, 2016.  In response to the public comments already received, USCIS has already made changes to the proposed new form including: ·         Validations on certain fields to ensure information is entered correctly; ·         Drop-down lists and calendars; ·         Embedded instructions for completing each field; ·         A dedicated area to enter additional information that employers are currently annotating […]

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Visas for Children

How to obtain visas for children?  We know it can be difficult to travel overseas with kids and this post is intended to facilitate your visa application for your child. While all children need a visa for travel to the U.S., kids under the age of 14 do not have to appear at the U.S. embassy for an interview or have their fingerprints taken. To obtain the visa for their children, parents need to complete […]

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USCIS Proposal May Increase Strike Zone for Professional Athletes

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed new guidance for adjudicating O-1 visa petitions for athletes and other individuals of extraordinary ability in certain fields.

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