Immigration Blog

The H-1B Cap Has Been Met

USCIS have received more than 172,500 H-1B cap-subject petitions and have finalized their computer generated lottery. For petitions selected, USCIS has started issuing receipt notices.  Petitions not  selected will be returned. The USICS expects to complete the issuance of petitions by May. Considering the  high rejection rate, this e-newsletter focuses on FAQs related to H-1B status.  Please remain patient and hopeful while also exploring alternatives.

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New H-1B Filings

On April 1, 2014 the FY2015 H-1B filing’s will begin.  In a meeting with immigration attorneys, USCIS advised that they are arranging for appropriate staffing and are making plans to accommodate the expected significant number of petitions.  They also advised that they are hopeful that they will adjudicate all petitions filed by October 1, 2014.

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Mexican TNs are now Easier to Obtain

Effective February 10, 2014 the DOS amended its NAFTA regulations and removed the employment petition requirement for Mexican citizens applying for a nonimmigrant TN classification.  Under the current rules, Mexican nationals can file a TN application directly with the consulate rather than first obtaining an approval through USCIS. For additional information, please click here.

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Chile Joins Visa Waiver Program

DHS designated Chile the 38th country to join the Visa Waiver Program. Chile is the first Latin America country to be included in this program.  Currently, most participants are European countries.  As a result, beginning May 1, 2014 eligible Chilean passport holders can visit the U.S. for 90 days or less without first obtaining a visa at a consular post to travel for business or tourism to the U.S.  However, they will be required to apply […]

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Renewal Information for DACA

DACA beneficiaries who applied for status between June 15, 2012 and August 14, 2012 and wish to renew their deferred action and work permit should proceed as if they are applying for DACA for the first time. This requires submitting all required forms, documents and fees. They must file within 120 days of the expiration of their status or they will lose their work authorization and begin to accrue unlawful presence. Renewal information for those who […]

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Delays in Immigration Case Processing

We have noticed an one to two month additional delay in processing. Recent data obtained through a government FOIA request revealed that due to the government shutdown in October, 2013 more than 37,000 immigration cases have been pushed back.  This adds to the already long wait for case adjudication. We remind our clients to be patient and proactive.

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