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  • USCIS Implements $10 Fee for H-1B Registration

    USCIS announced a final rule that will impose a $10 registration fee requirement for petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap subject petitions on behalf of cap-subject beneficiaries. The rule is effective December 9, 2019, and the fee will be required when registrations are submitted. USCIS is slated to implement the registration process for the FY2021 H-1B cap selection process, pending completed ...
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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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  • Clarification of STEM OPT Extension Reporting Responsibilities and Training Obligations

    USCIS is updating the Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT) page of our website to clarify the reporting responsibilities for participating in the STEM OPT program. Students and employers must report material changes to the Designated School Official (DSO) at the earliest opportunity by submitting a modified Form I-983. Employers must report the STEM OPT student’s ...
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  • USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for Fiscal Year 2019

    On April 11th, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) utilized a computer generated random selection method to determine which H-1B petitions would be used to meet the mandated cap, and the U.S. advanced degree exemption for fiscal year 2019. USCIS recieved a total of 190,098 H-1B petitions during the filing period which began April 2nd. On April 6th, the USCIS announced that it had ...
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  • What Could the New USCIS Form Mean for Foreign Nationals Seeking Work in the U.S.?

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulates the granting of work authorization documents to foreign nationals seeking employment in the United States. As of October 2, 2017, the USCIS has enacted a joint effort with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to help foreign workers obtain Social Security numbers in a faster and easier process. Our firm helps clients understand ...
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  • USCIS Expands Interview Requirements for Some Permanent Residency Applicants

    Certain applicants seeking to become legal permanent residents within the United States should anticipate a more in-depth process for in-person interviews conducted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). As part of Executive Order 13780 – Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States – the change is a clear reflection of the Trump ...
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  • USCIS Releases New Revised Form I-9

    On November 14, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. While employers may continue using the previous I-9 version with a revision date of 03/08/2013 through January 21, 2017, the new revised form must be used from January 22 onward. What Is Different with the New Form? One of the main ...
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  • Watch Out for USCIS Imposter Calls

    If you should receive a suspicious phone call from someone claiming to be a government official, law enforcement officer, or representative of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), hang up immediately ! Several reports have surfaced of impostor government officials calling individuals using seemingly-legitimate government phone numbers and claiming that there is a problem ...
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  • Advanced Parole for Start-Up Entrepreneurs Reviewed by USCIS

    Regulation changes that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed could be coming to how foreign innovators and entrepreneurs gain entrance to the country, if the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approves it. The DHS has stated that there is vast potential for job creation and field advancement here in the United States that originates from professionals, ...
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  • USCIS Helps Close $20.9 Million Visa Fraud Investigation

    The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently announced the finalization of an investigation into a multiyear visa fraud scheme. Two suspects – Raju Kosuri and Smriti Jharia – have pleaded guilty to the charges, which included conspiracy to defraud the United States government, visa fraud, and other related crimes. The married couple was accused of running an ...
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  • USCIS Proposes Rule to Attract International Entrepreneurs

    United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is proposing a new rule which could make it easier for international entrepreneurs to enter the United States. Under the proposed “International Entrepreneur Rule,” the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would be granted the authority to use its already existing statutory parole authority on a case-by-case basis to allow entrepreneurs ...
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  • USCIS Special Situations Extensions and Waivers

    If you have submitted a petition or application to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USICS) you may be aware that each process has strict regulations and requirements which must be followed. Under normal circumstances, missing a deadline or failing to pay a fee can have negative consequences such as the termination of an application. However, when events outside of your control hinder ...
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