H-1B Employers: Ready for the FY 2019 H-1B Cap Season?

The race for H-1B professional worker visas begins April 2, 2018.  Employers of recently graduated foreign students and others will vie for new visas, which are limited to  65,000 per fiscal year (the “H-1B cap”).   And of these, 6,800 are reserved…

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It’s Family Reunification, not Chain Migration

In a recent statement, the government belittled our family reunification immigration laws, adopting the pejorative term  “chain migration.”  It further claimed family immigration “has depressed wages and job opportunities for comparably skilled American workers.” Aside from offering no valid proof of this…

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April 2018 Visa Bulletin Green Card Update

The Department of State has posted the Visa Bulletin for April 2018. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is current for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of January 1, 2012.   EB-2 and…

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Trump Administration’s Termination of DACA, TPS, and H-4 EAD Immigration Programs Could Leave Employers in a Lurch

Several immigration programs that have authorized over a million immigrant workers are expected to end in 2018 and 2019. The cancellation of these programs will terminate employment eligibility for these workers, making most of them deportable. The loss of these legally…

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H-1B visa extension rules under AC21 will not change, according to recent USCIS statement

In late December, it was reported that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was considering new regulations that would prevent H-1B visa extensions currently allowed for H-1B workers with pending green card applications. The news report caused quite a…

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Immigration 2018: A Look at the Year Ahead for Healthcare Employers and Professionals Webinar

Are you aware of the Trump administration’s plans to change legal immigration policies that will impact many foreign born professionals and their employers? Join us for a webinar, “Immigration 2018: A Look at the Year Ahead for Healthcare Employers and…

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Trump Announces Roll Out and Roll Back of the International Entrepreneur Parole

Forced by a federal court order, the Trump administration  finally announced that it will  accept applications pursuant to the  international entrepreneur parole rule (IER). The Obama-era rule  was set to go into effect in July 2017, but was delayed by the current…

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Trump’s New Travel Ban

On September 24, 2017, the Trump administration imposed new travel restrictions on foreign nationals seeking to enter the United States from eight countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. Starting October 18, 2017, the travel ban  applies…

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New Mexico J-1 Waiver Program to Start September 1, 2017

The New Mexico J-1 Visa Waiver Program application cycle is set to open this Friday, September 1, 2017. Please be sure ALL application components are included before submitting application packets. New Mexico is a first come, first serve program and…

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Premium Processing Now Available for Certain H-1B Cap-Exempt Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions effective immediately. The H-1B visa has an annual cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. Additionally, there is an annual “master’s cap” of 20,000 petitions…

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