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International Travel and Petition Processing - Clarification and Guidance on Trump Administration Executive Orders

The White House, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have issued guidance clarifying the impact of the Trump Administration Executive Orders issued last week. One…
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How to Respond to Trump Administration Executive Orders

Last week, President Trump issued three Executive Orders addressing a wide range of immigration issues. The content of the Orders establish executive branch policy and immediate concrete action items. The Executive Orders include measures impacting…
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Mandatory EVUS Enrollment Starts Nov. 29 for Certain Chinese Travelers

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Department of State have created a new Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS). Certain visa holders will be required to enroll in EVUS to continue to use their visas to enter the United States. The…
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Diversity Visa Lottery 2018 Open October 4 to November 7

The U.S. Department of State has announced registration dates for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery 2018 (DV-2018). Online registration for the lottery will be accepted beginning Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT…
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USCIS Announces FY2017 H-1B Cap Reached

On April 7, 2016, USCIS announced that the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2017 was reached within the five business day filing window running from April 1 to April 7, 2016. This includes both the U.S. advanced degree cap preference limit of 20,000 visas…
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New (Cap) H-1B Filings - April 1 Deadline

April 1 through 7, 2016 is the deadline for new H-1B petitions to be filed under the USCIS H-1B quota. We recommend that employers review upcoming hiring needs and determine as soon as possible if the company needs to file any new H-1B petitions…
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Diversity Lottery 2017 Open October 1 to November 3!

The U.S. Department of State has announced registration dates for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery 2017 (DV-2017). Online registration for the Diversity Lottery will be accepted beginning October 1, 2015 at noon EDT (GMT -4) until November 3…
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Technical Difficulties Cause Delay in Nonimmigrant Visa Processing at U.S. Consulates and Embassies Worldwide

The U.S. Department of State (DOS), Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with its visa system which has resulted in delays in printing visas and may mean rescheduling visa interviews. This issue is not specific to…
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Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing of Extension of Stay H-1B Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will temporarily suspend its premium processing service for all H-1B Petitions requesting an Extension of Stay (including amendment and change of employer requests). The temporary…
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USCIS Announces FY2016 H-1B Cap Reached

On April 7, 2015, USCIS announced that the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2016 was reached within the five business day filing window running from April 1 to April 7, 2015. This includes both the U.S. advanced degree cap preference limit of 20,000 visas…
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Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Spouses

To help U.S. businesses retain highly-skilled workers, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a final rule providing employment authorization eligibility to certain H-4 spouses. Beginning May 26, 2015, certain H-4 spouses of…
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New (Cap) H-1B Filings: April 1 Deadline

April 1 through 7, 2015 is the deadline for new H-1B petitions to be filed under the USCIS H-1B quota (assuming, as in the past, that the H-1B quota will be immediately exhausted). We recommend that employers review upcoming hiring needs and…
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USCIS Announces FY2015 H-1B Cap Reached

On April 7, 2014, USCIS announced that the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2015 was reached within the five business day filing window running from April 1 to April 7, 2014. This includes both the U.S. advanced degree cap preference limit of 20,000 visas…
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New (Cap) H-1B Filings -- April 1 Deadline

April 1 through 7, 2014 is the deadline for new H-1B petitions to be filed under the USCIS H-1B quota (assuming, as in the past, that the H-1B quota will be immediately exhausted). Employers should therefore determine as soon as possible whether they…
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Diversity Lottery 2015 is Open!

The U.S. Department of State has opened entries for the Diversity Lottery 2015 (DV-2015). Online registration for the Diversity Lottery will be accepted until Saturday, November 2, 2013, at noon EDT. The Diversity Lottery allows nationals from…
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New Form I-9 Mandatory After May 7, 2013

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released a new version of Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification). Employers should begin using the newly revised Form I-9 for all new hires and re-verifications, but may continue to use…
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New H-1B Filings -- April 1st Deadline

April 1 through 5, 2013 is the filing deadline for new H-1B petitions to be made under the USCIS H-1B quota (assuming, as in the past, that H-1B quota availability will be immediately exhausted).
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Diversity Lottery 2014 Opens

The U.S. Department of State opened entries for the Diversity Lottery 2014 (DV-2014) beginning Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at noon EDT, and ending Saturday, November 2, 2012, at noon EDT. All entries must be submitted via the Department of State's…
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Employers Should Continue Using Current Form I-9 to Verify Employment Eligibility

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that employers should continue using the version of Form I-9 currently available on the USCIS website (dated 08/07/09) for purposes of verifying employment eligibility even…
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New H-1B Filings Begin April 2

April 2 through 6, 2012, is the initial filing window for new H-1B petitions to be filed against the USCIS FY2013 H-1B quota if the H-1B quota availability is immediately exhausted. Employers should determine as soon as possible whether they have any…
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