Citizenship and ImmigrationH-1B

Department of Homeland Security Updates: September 6, 2022

H-1B Cap Reached for Fiscal Year 2023 On August 23, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) reached the congressionally-mandated H-1B numerical allocations for the regular cap and advanced degree exemption (“master’s cap”). Notifications regarding selection or non-selection have been sent to registrants’ online accounts and the status for registrations that were not selected will

Citizenship and ImmigrationCOVID-19

Department of Homeland Security Updates: August 9, 2022

COVID-19 Flexibilities Extended through October 23, 2022 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has announced another extension of coronavirus (“COVID-19”)-related flexibilities due to the ongoing pandemic. The flexibilities, which were set to expire on July 25, 2022, have been extended through October 23, 2022 for certain receipts and notices issued between March 1, 2020 and

Department of Homeland Security

USCIS and Prevailing Wage Updates + I-9 Compliance Guidance

Annual Report to Congress by the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services (“CIS”) Ombudsman The CIS recently released its annual report on the state of affairs at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”), addressing issues encountered by individuals and employers applying for immigration benefits and reviewing areas for improvement. While the CIS Ombudsman’s recommendations

Citizenship and Immigration

USCIS’s H-1B Cap and Employment-Based Visa Updates

H-1B Cap Petitions Transferred to the California Service Center On June 16, 2022, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that certain H-1B cap petitions for Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2023 that were filed at the Vermont Service Center have been transferred to the California Service Center due to an influx of case submissions

Citizenship and ImmigrationCOVID-19

Travel + USCIS Update

COVID Testing Mandate for International Air Travel into the U.S. Lifted On June 12, 2022, the Biden Administration lifted coronavirus (“COVID-19”) testing mandates for air travel into the U.S. after Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) officials determined the requirement was no longer needed because of widely available COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. Since January

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Department of Homeland Security Updates: May 20, 2022

Relief for Employment Authorization Document (“EAD”) Applicants Effective May 4, 2022 On May 3, 2022, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced a Temporary Final Rule (“TFR”) to increase the automatic extension period for certain EAD categories. The temporary extension period (initially 180 days from the expiration date listed on the EAD) has been

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security Updates

Form I-9 COVID Flexibilities Extended Through October 21, 2022 The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has extended I-9 flexibilities enacted in response to stay-at-home orders and document renewal difficulties faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. The flexibilities, which were set to expire on April 30, 2022, have been extended through October 31, 2022. In addition to

Immigration

USCIS Updates

USCIS Announces Completion of H-1B Cap Lottery The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has announced the completion of its H-1B initial electronic registration selection process for fiscal year 2023 (“FY 2023”) after receiving enough electronic registrations to reach the H-1B numerical allocations (“H-1B Cap”), including the advanced degree exemption (“Master’s Cap”). Selected H-1B Cap

Immigration

Department of Labor & USCIS Update

Department of Labor Update: Form I-9 COVID Policy: The Department of Labor has announced that starting May 1, 2022, employers will no longer be able to accept expired List B documents for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification purposes—ending a temporary policy enacted in response to stay-at-home orders and document renewal difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Immigration

USCIS Updates

H-1B CAP: On February 28, 2022, almost a full year since the H-1B CAP lottery took place for fiscal year (“FY”) 2022, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it had reached the congressionally mandated 85,000 H-1B visa cap. Individuals who were not selected for the FY 2022 cap season will now