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H-1B Registration Updates

H-1B Registration Updates

On January 31, 2019, USCIS issued a final rule which made substantial changes to the H-1B visa lottery process. The rule added an electronic registration component for petitioners submitting H-1B cap-subject petitions. It also changed the order in wh… Read More
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Check-in with DOS's Charl…

Check-in with DOS's Charlie Oppenheim

AILA’s Department of State (DOS) Liaison Committee checks in each month with Charlie Oppenheim, the Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division at DOS for updates about Visa Bulletin progress. Oppenheim also provides analysis of current tr… Read More
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Injunction Issued Restrai…

Injunction Issued Restraining DHS

On October 11, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a national injunction, which restrained DHS and USCIS from implementing the DHS Public Charge Final Rule. The Court also prevented the government from implement… Read More
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Avoiding Delays with LCA…

Avoiding Delays with LCA Business Verification

AILA‘s Department of Labor (DOL) Liason Committee provided suggestions for avoiding delays when seeking certification of the ETA Form 9035, or the Labor Condition Application (LCA). What is the LCA? The Labor Condition Application is the form t… Read More
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Foreign Affairs Manual Up…

Foreign Affairs Manual Updates

What is the Foreign Affairs Manual? The Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) and the handbooks associated (FAHs) are a comprehensive source for all of the policies and procedures that govern the U.S. Department of State and Foreign Service. They contain thou… 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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New EB-5 Compliance Audit Program

USCIS has launched a new compliance audit program for the EB-5 Regional Center. According to USCIS, these audits are “an additional way to enhance program integrity and verify information in regional center applications and annual certification… Read More
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About Attorney Sivaraman

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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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