Immigration Blog

Our immigration blog brings you the latest trends, policy, and news in immigration.

  • USCIS Clarifies L-1 Visa Requirements

    USCIS Clarifies L-1 Visa Requirements

    USCIS recently issued a policy memorandum (PM) that clarifies the L-1 visa’s one-year of continuous foreign employment requirement.

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  • What You Need to Know About the H-4 Visa and Proposed Changes

    What You Need to Know About the H-4 Visa and Proposed Changes

    H-4 visa dependent spouses and others in the business community have been keeping close tabs on the Trump administration’s proposed changes to the H-4 visa.

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  • Department of Homeland Security Proposes Changes to H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

    Department of Homeland Security Proposes Changes to H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

    DHS announces proposed changes which would impact H-1B cap petitions. These proposals will be published on 3rd December 2018, after which USCIS will accept public feedback for the next 30 days.

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  • New H-1B Cap Proposal One Step Closer to Implementation

    New H-1B Cap Proposal One Step Closer to Implementation

    U.S. Office of Budget and Management recently approved a proposed regulation from USCIS regarding H-1B cap registration that may have an impact on FY 2020.

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  • USCIS Updates Practice of Denying Pending Forms I-131 for Abandonment Due to International Travel

    USCIS Updates Practice of Denying Pending Forms I-131 for Abandonment Due to International Travel

    USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna recently revealed USCIS will end the practice of denying pending I-131 applications when applicants are traveling overseas.

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  • USCIS Continues Implementing Policy Memorandum on NTAs

    USCIS Continues Implementing Policy Memorandum on NTAs

    USCIS announced that it will continue to implement its June 28, 2018, PM that provided updated guidance for the referral of cases and issuance of NTAs.

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  • USCIS Revises Policy Regarding Form I-693

    USCIS Revises Policy Regarding Form I-693

    Effective Nov. 1, 2018, USCIS will mandate that applicants submit a form I-693 signed by a civil surgeon “no more than 60 days before the date an application for the underlying immigration benefit."

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  • USCIS November 2018 Visa Bulletin

    USCIS November 2018 Visa Bulletin

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released its November 2018 Visa Bulletin.

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  • TN Visas Survive New USMCA

    TN Visas Survive New USMCA

    Late Sept. 30, 2018, the United States, Mexico, and Canada agreed to a new trade deal between the three countries.

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  • F-1 "Cap-Gap" and Work Authorization Update

    F-1 "Cap-Gap" and Work Authorization Update

    F-1 students who were working pursuant to “cap-gap” and have an H-1B petition that remains pending must have stopped working as of September 30, 2018.

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  • USCIS Starts Implementing New Policy Memorandum on NTAs

    USCIS Starts Implementing New Policy Memorandum on NTAs

    USCIS) will start implementing its Updated Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuances of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Deportable Aliens Policy Memorandum.

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  • USCIS October 2018 Visa Bulletin Update

    USCIS October 2018 Visa Bulletin Update

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released its October 2018 Visa Bulletin. Read for more details.

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  • USCIS Releases Checklists of Required Initial Evidence

    USCIS Releases Checklists of Required Initial Evidence

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released checklists of required initial evidence.

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  • How to Better Protect Employee Documents

    How to Better Protect Employee Documents

    Here are a few tips to better protect employee documents and overall give employees piece of mind in stressful times

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  • DHS Increases Premium Processing Fee

    DHS Increases Premium Processing Fee

    DHS plans to increase the premium processing fee from $1,225 to $1,410, effective on October 1, 2018.

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  • USCIS Extends Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions to Reduce Delays

    USCIS Extends Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions to Reduce Delays

    USCIS announced on August 28th, 2018, that they will cease accepting premium requests for certain H-1B petitions. Find out what this means.

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  • Department of Homeland Security Submits Status Report in H-4 EAD Case

    Department of Homeland Security Submits Status Report in H-4 EAD Case

    Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently submitted a status report in the case, Save Jobs USA v. DHS and the case is still in a state of suspension.

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  • Winning the Global War for Talent with Mobility Solutions Tools

    Winning the Global War for Talent with Mobility Solutions Tools

    HR departments need to modernize processes with self-service mobility solutions tools to allow foreign workers to know where they stand in the visa process.

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  • USCIS Issues STEM OPT EAD Clarification

    USCIS Issues STEM OPT EAD Clarification

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated its Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students website page.

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  • How to Retain a Global Workforce with Diversity and Inclusion

    How to Retain a Global Workforce with Diversity and Inclusion

    A global workforce that is diverse is a benefit for any company. When companies emphasize diversity, they are building a workforce that contains a wide range of personal backgrounds.

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