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H-1B Cap Random Selection for FY2018

According to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), USCIS received approximately 199,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period for fiscal year 2018. The filing period began on April 3, 2017, and on April 7, 2017, USCIS announced that… Read More
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FY2018 H-1B Cap Reached

USCIS Reached the H-1B Visa Cap for FY2018 As of April 7, 2017, USCIS reached the 65,000 visa H-1B cap mandated by Congress for FY2018. USCIS also received enough H-1B petitions to meet the master’s cap visa exemption of 20,000. All unselected… Read More
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USCIS Increasing Measures to Detect H-1B Abuse

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced recently several measures to help recognize and prevent H-1B fraud and abuse. The H-1B Visa and Abuse This visa program’s purpose is to help companies in the U.S. recruit highly-skille… Read More
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H-1B Cap Season Coming Soon

The H-1B Cap Season for this year will be opening on April 3, 2017. It will remain open for 5 days thereafter. This excludes non-profit institutions for research, institutions of higher education, and those seeking extension of H-1B status. Who can a… Read More
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Temporary Suspension of H-1B Premium Processing

USCIS has temporarily suspended the premium processing service for all H-1B petitions filed on or after April 3, 2017. USCIS has said that the suspension may last for up to six months. The suspension includes extension and amendment petitions. It wil… Read More
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USCIS Adjustment of Status Filing Dates

Use the following Visa Bulletin charts to determine when to file your application for adjustment of status. How do I use these charts? Find your visa type in the left-most column of the appropriate chart (family or employment based). Stay in that row… Read More
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Fact Sheet: Automatic EAD Extension

Read our Fact Sheet regarding EAD automatic 180-day extensions and eligibility. This post and the fact sheet are not legal advice. Therefore, attorneys and clients should discuss and make decisions based on their individual circumstances. Read More
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New USCIS Regulation Eases Job Portability

New USCIS Regulation Eases Job Portability for Employer-Sponsored Foreign Workers On January 17, 2017, a new USCIS regulation takes effect that will ease job mobility restrictions for foreign workers sponsored for employment-based permanent residence… Read More
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DOL H-1B Statistics for FY2016 Fourth Quarter

The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) in the Department of Labor (DOL) released H-1B statistics from the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2016. Similarly, statistics from other quarters and fiscal years are available on the website. For furth… Read More
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Employers Can Use Current I-9 Through January 21

What does this mean for employers? Employers may continue to use the current I-9 form through January 21, 2017. As of January 22, 2017, the new form must be used. Then, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to publish the new I-… Read More
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Sivaraman Immigration Law’s founder, Heather Sivaraman, brings an exceptional level of initiative, creativity and dedication to the practice of Immigration Law. A 2008 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, she is an active… Read More
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Jing Huang, Associate Attorney, holds a Master’s degree in Law from University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from China Women’s University. Prior to joining Sivaraman Immigration Law, Jing worked as an attorney in China s… Read More

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