USCIS to Suspend Biometrics Requirement for H-4 and other Applicants Beginning May 17, 2021

On May 3, 2021, USCIS announced, that it will suspend the biometrics requirements for certain I-539 applicants for two years beginning on May 17, 2021. The biometrics suspension will apply to the H-4, L-2, and E-1, E-2, and E-3 categories…

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Seminar: Understanding the Latest Biden Administration Immigration Actions

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Second Chance for Denied H-1B Petitions During Trump Administration?

During the Trump administration, many H-1B applications, including renewals of H-1B employment, were denied due to three policies which federal courts have found to violate the law.  The policies were embodied in several USCIS memoranda: “Determining Employer-Employee Relationship for adjudication…

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Biden Administration Revokes Trump Era “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order

On January 25, 2021,  President Biden issued an executive order (“Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers”), which effectively revoked Trump’s Buy American and Hire American Executive Order (“BAHA”).  The revocation of BAHA may represent a shift in employment-based…

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How to Prepare for the H-1B Cap Lottery

Employers who plan to hire or retain potential H-1B employees should prepare now for the H-1B cap registration period (“H-1B Cap Lottery”), which runs from March 9 through March 25, 2021.  Registrants who are selected will have the opportunity to…

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Who is the new head of the Department of Homeland Security?

Alejandro Mayorkas has become the first Latino and immigrant to lead the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)   The DHS is  one of the largest government departments and administers the majority of immigration rules and regulations through agencies…

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How Has President Biden Changed Immigration?

On day one,  January 20, 2021, President Biden issued several orders on immigration. Someorders take immediate effect while others may take more time to be implemented.  Download this one-pager to learn more. Although there have been many announcements with promised changes, many…

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Employers Should Prepare Now for the H-1B Cap Registration Period

H-1B Cap Registration:  Employers can register for H-1B visas from March 9 through March 25, 2021, for the fiscal year (FY) 2022 (October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022). During this timeframe, H-1B cap-subject employers, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption,…

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Biden freezes Trump’s last-minute H-1B visa rules

Just before it ended, the Trump administration issued two last-minute H-1B visa rules that substantially changed the H-1B visa program. H-1B cap registration –  under a final rule issued Jan. 8 , only the highest-paid applicants for new H-1B visa would be selected….

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Muslim and African Travel Ban Ends Under New Biden Administration

Although originally touted as a 90-day restriction on immigration, the Trump travel ban has kept apart thousands of immigrant families from 13 countries for nearly four long years. Now that the Biden administration has reversed much of this ban, the…

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