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Blog Posts in 2019

  • USCIS Announces FY 2020 H-1B Cap Season Start, Updates, and Changes

    USCIS Announces FY 2020 H-1B Cap Season Start, Updates, and Changes available here .
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  • USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

    USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, you should include the RFE response with the premium processing request. When an H-1B petitioner properly requests the agency’s premium processing service, USCIS guarantees a 15-day processing time. If we do not take certain adjudicative action ...
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  • USCIS Announces New Version of Form I-539 and Provides Updates on Rollout Plan

    USCIS provided the following updates on the new Form I-539: An official copy of the revised Form I-539 and new form I-539A will be published on the USCIS website on March 8, 2019 . USCIS will continue accepting Form I-539 with an edition date of 12/23/16 until March 21, 2019, as long as it is received by USCIS by that date. USCIS will reject any Form I-539 with an edition date of 12/23/16 that is ...
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  • USCIS will resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed on or before Dec. 21, 2018

    USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, Feb. 19, for all H-1B petitions filed on or before Dec. 21, 2018. If you received a transfer notice for a pending H-1B petition and you are requesting premium processing service, you must submit the premium processing request to the service center now handling your petition. You should also include a copy of the transfer notice with your premium ...
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  • USCIS Announces New Version of Form I-539 Required on March 11, 2019

    On February 11, 2019, USCIS announced that it had revised the Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status as of February 4, 2019, and that it plans to publish the revised form on the USCIS website on March 11, 2019. Starting on March 11, 2019, USCIS will only accept the revised Form I-539 and will reject any prior edition dates. USCIS also announced that it will be publishing a ...
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  • F-1 Student Alert for Students at University of Farmington, MI

    The University of Farmington (“Farmington”) was set up by DHS, set up to entice students who were looking for employment authorization with Curricular Practical Training (CPT) from day one, even though no classroom attendance was required for enrolling at the University. DHS alleges that students who had obtained employment authorization had, in fact, never enrolled in or attended any classes ...
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  • DHS's Changes to the H-1B Visa Lottery Process

    On January 31, 2019, DHS published a final rule which makes two significant changes to the H-1B visa lottery process. The rule (1) adds an electronic registration requirement for petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions, and (2) it reverses the order by which USCIS will select petitions under the H-1B cap and the advanced degree exemptions. The final rule will become effective April ...
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