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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Why Was My Green Card Application Denied?

Pursuing a green card can be a lengthy and stressful process. Being denied after spending so much time and money on your application is incredibly frustrating, but it does not mean that all hope is lost. With the help of…

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What to Expect at Your Biometrics Appointment

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services  (USCIS) requires a biometrics appointment as part of the process for many types of immigration applications. Here’s what to expect at your biometrics appointment: APPOINTMENT NOTICE You will receive a notice (Form I-797C,…

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USCIS Announces New Proof of Extension of Green Card Validity for I-90 Applicants Replacing Expiring Green Cards

Starting in January 2021, green card holders who file form I-90 to replace their expiring green cards, will receive a Form I-797 notice within 7 to 10 days after the USCIS accepts the application.  This notice will serve as a…

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USCIS Provides Update on Receipt Notice Delays for Forms Filed at Lockbox Facilities

Many applications are filed at USCIS “lockbox” locations such as I-140, I-485, I-130,  I-765 and other applications.  Typically, receipts for these applications are issued within two weeks. But these are not typical times. On January 8, 2021, USCIS issued an…

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