Government Shutdown And Impact On Immigration Services

With the official partial shutdown of the U.S. government entering the second week, here is a quick look at how the shutdown will affect various immigration-related services: USCIS: The shutdown should not affect USCIS, for the most part, as the agency is largely funded by user fees. As such, there should be minimal effect on […]

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US H2B Cap For First Half Of FY 2019 Reached

The statutory H2B cap for the first half of FY 2019 has been reached. USCIS has announced December 16, 2018 as the final receipt date for new H2B petitions requesting an employment start date before April 1, 2019. USCIS will reject new cap-subject H2B petitions received after December 06 that request an employment start date […]

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Proposed H-2B Rule Modernizes Employee Recruitment Process

The Department of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the Department of Labor, has published a joint notice of proposed rulemaking that would modernize recruitment requirements for employers seeking H-2B nonimmigrant workers. The H-2B nonimmigrant visa program permits employers to hire foreign workers to come to the U.S. and perform temporary nonagricultural work, which may be […]

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Interview Waiver Guidance For Form I-751 Revised

A policy memorandum has been issued by the USCIS providing guidance to USCIS officers on when to consider waiving the interview requirement for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. This PM goes into effect on December 10, 2018 and applies to all Form I-751 petitions received on or after December 10. Generally, USCIS officers […]

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H1B Cap 2019: Registration Requirement For Petitioners Proposed

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking, and published a proposed rule to amend its regulations governing the filing of H1B cap petitions. Some of the important changes proposed to the H1B cap filing procedure under the proposed rule include: Registration With USCIS All petitioners seeking to file an […]

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