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- FY2018 H-1B Cap Random Lottery Confirmed During this time of increased unpredictability in US immigration law, it was good to see that the US Citizenship and Immigration Service had confirmed that the upcoming FY2018 H-1B random lottery will be conducted in the same manner as in past years. Kudos to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) for publishing the following: USCIS confirmed that the process for receiving and receipting H-1B cap cases for Fiscal Year 2018 will be the same as with prior years, including a random... More
- Travel Ban Revisited: New Executive Order Targets Only 6 Countries The Trump Administration issued a revised Executive Order on travel with an apparent desire to survive a court challenge by modifying some of the elements that judges found troubling in the January 27 travel ban. Copyright: pigprox / 123RF Stock Photo Issued March 6, the new ban, captioned “Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States,” has an effective date of Thursday, March 16 — allowing a 10-day window for foreign nationals, federal agencies and others to... More
- Federal Appeals Panel Upholds Injunction Blocking Trump’s Immigration Ban A unanimous three-judge panel has rejected the Trump Administration’s bid to revive a travel ban that would have blocked most travel into the United States by natives of seven Middle Eastern and African countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. For businesses, universities, individuals and others potentially affected by Trump’s executive order, the situation remains far from certain because the government has vowed to take the fight to the U.S. Supreme Court. In its Feb. 9 ruling, the Ninth... More
- FY2017 H-1B Cap: Data Entry Complete for Lottery Winners Moving quickly along, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) informed the public that it completed data entry of all “winning” fiscal year 2017 (FY2017) H-1B cap-subject petitions (i.e., petitions that were selected in the computer-generated random process). The announcement was made on May 2, 2016. Considering that approximately 236,000 H-1B cap-subject petitions were received by USCIS in early April, it is quite a feat that the Immigration Service conducted the lottery and completed data entry on the selected petitions so fast. Due to... More
- FY2017 H-1B Cap: Premium Processing to Start on May 12, 2016 This just in…the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a news release on Friday, April 22nd stating that the premium processing clock will start on Thursday, May 12, 2016. In other words, on May 12, 2016, USCIS will begin premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions. Readers may recall that an H-1B petitioner may opt to pay an extra filing fee of $1,225.00 in exchange for premium or 15 calendar-day processing of an H-1B petition. Premium processing may be requested along... More
- FY 2017 H-1B Cap: What are the Odds? For FY 2017, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received approximately 236,000 cap-subject H-1B petitions—which is more than last year by about 3,000 petitions. Because the number of available spots remained the same, the odds of “winning” the H-1B Cap Lottery are slightly worse than last year. Using the limited information available and basic mathematical calculations, simple math shows that the overall odds of receiving a number in the FY 2017 H-1B cap are just over 33%. If you deduct... More
- FY 2017 H-1B Cap Reached on April 7, 2016 As anticipated, the number of cap-subject H-1B petitions filed by U.S. employers exceeded the 65,000 general cap and the 20,000 master’s degree exemption for fiscal year 2017 (FY2017). Yesterday, April 7, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS or the Immigration Service) announced that the FY 2017 H-1B cap had been reached and that it had also received more than 20,000 petitions under the master’s or higher degree exemption. At this point the Immigration Service will turn its attention to initial intake on... More
- FY 2017 H-1B Cap Petitions: What to Expect As you likely know, April 1st was the first day when cap-subject H-1B petitions could be accepted for Fiscal Year 2017. Now that the filings have started, here is a quick summary of some key information provided by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS or Immigration Services) in a March 16, 2016 release captioned, “USCIS Will Accept H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2017 Beginning April 1, 2016”: The congressionally mandated H-1B cap remains at 65,000 for FY 2017 along with... More
- Current edition of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, Remains Effective After March 31, 2016 Today the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) confirmed that employers should continue using the current edition of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification until further notice, despite the date of expiration noted on the form of March 31, 2016. Per USCIS, this current version of the form continues to be effective even after the Office of Management and Budget control number expiration date of March 31, 2016, has passed. USCIS will provide updated information about... More
- H-1B Cap Season FY 2017 is Here: Be Prepared Demand for H-1B numbers is likely to remain high during Fiscal Year 2017 (FY2017). It remains to be seen whether proposed and actual changes to the Immigration Regulations, such as extended STEM OPT EADs, H-4 EADs, etc., will reduce the demand or alleviate the lottery for H-1B numbers. If you are a cap-subject employer, it’s time to think about your hiring needs if you are considering petitioning for H-1B status for a new foreign hire. You may recall that during the past... More