Department of Homeland Security

Immigration Insights – DHS Update

In March 2021, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) conducted the initial lottery round for the electronic H-1B registrations for the fiscal year (FY) 2022 H-1B cap. The petition filing period for the selected registrations was from April 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021. USCIS uses historical data related to H-1B petition approvals, denials

Immigration

Updates from the DOS and USCIS + Updated Guidance for Form I-9

DOS Update The Department of State (DOS) has extended the validity of National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) for travelers subject to restrictions under Presidential Proclamations banning entry into the U.S. due to presence in China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Ireland, India and the Schengen area. Existing NIEs and newly-issued NIEs will be valid

Department of Homeland Security

Immigration Insights – DHS Update

Important Reminder: As we are reaching the end of the H-1B filing season under the annual government-imposed “cap,” be sure to submit your cap-subject H-1B petitions by the June 30, 2021 deadline. Petitions that are not received by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by the deadline will be rejected. When submitting the petitions,

H-1B

H-1B Registration + New Green Cards

H-1B Registration Period for FY2022 Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions Opens On March 9 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the initial registration period for FY2022 H‐1B cap-subject petitions will open at noon Eastern on March 9 and run through noon Eastern on March 25. USCIS intends to notify registrants by March 31st whether

COVID-19Immigration Service Reminders

What Do I Do If…?

With the challenging times for nearly everybody, uncertainty for immigrants is easily at its highest.  This brief guidance is not intended as exhaustive legal advice; rather, it is a starting point for a few “what if” situations you or your sponsored workers may encounter.  Please remember that specific factual situations require case-by-case analysis to ensure

COVID-19Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security Update

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Deadlines Due to the ongoing pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had previously extended deadlines for responses to the government’s notices such as requests for evidence (RFEs), Notices of Intent to Deny, Revoke, Rescind, and Terminate proceedings, and filing dates for requests for a hearing, appeal, and related motions.

Department of Homeland SecurityH-1B

DHS Update

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced it will be bringing back expedited processing (i.e., Premium Processing) option for the Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker-based filings and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition.  Importantly, the return of Premium Processing will be gradual and proceed in phases over the month of June.  Effective June 1,

COVID-19Emergency Immigration Alert

Immigration Update: COVID-19 Pandemic

Nonimmigrant Status Management at Times of COVID-19 Lay-Offs and Satisfactory Departure •  Individuals on employment-based work visas (H-1Bs, TNs, E-1s, E-2s, E-3s, O-1s, L-1s) who are suddenly laid off due to the impact of COVID-19 can still afford themselves a one-time 60 day grace period to change status to another employer-sponsored visa or apply for

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

As the H-1B annual lottery is upon us and the government is busy implementing the new electronic registration system for the capped H-1B filings, proceed with caution. The USCIS’s database is now “live” for both attorney and employers’ account creation for subsequent lottery registration. Be sure to coordinate account creation with your immigration legal counsel

Department of State

Department of State Update

Importantly, effective November 3, 2019, Department of State (DOS) offices abroad were going to start implementing the new health insurance requirement for permanent immigration (Green Card) applicants undergoing Consular Processing at U.S. consulates.  Under this new adjudication criteria, a U.S. consular officer would be able to deny an immigrant visa benefit to an individual without