May 2019 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for May 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now March 1, 2018 for all nationals, except those born in India and China remain with a cutoff date of February 22, 2017. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who have a cutoff date of April 16, 2009 (EB-2) and July 1, 2009 (EB-3) AND those born in China who now have a cutoff date of May 15, 2016 (EB-2) and August 22, 2015 (EB-3)...
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USCIS Announcement: H-1B Master’s Cap Has Been Reached

From the USCIS: On April 10, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated regular cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption for fiscal year (FY) 2020. After completing the random selection process for the regular cap, USCIS also determined that it has received a number of petitions projected as sufficient to meet the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s cap. USCIS recei...
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April 2019 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for April 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now February 1, 2018 for all nationals, except those born in India and China remain with a cutoff date of February 22, 2017. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who have a cutoff date of April 12, 2009 (EB-2) and June 22, 2009 (EB-3) AND those born in China who now have a cutoff date of April 1, 2016 (EB-2) and August 1, 2015 ...
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H-1B Cap Season Alert from USCIS

WASHINGTON— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the start of the fiscal year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap season, start dates for premium processing of cap-subject H-1B petitions, and the launch of its new H-1B data hub, while reminding petitioners of its new H-1B cap selection process. These new efforts underscore the agency’s commitment to supporting President Trump’s Buy American and Hire American executive order designed to protect U.S. workers. “USCIS continually str...
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Premium Processing is now available for all H-1B petitions

As of March 12, 2019, all H-1B petitions will be eligible for premium processing. Acccording to the USCIS recent annoucement: USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, you should include the RFE response with the premium processing request.When an H-1B petitioner properly requests the agency’s premium processing service, USCIS guarantees a 15-day processing time. If...
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March 2019 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for March 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now January 1, 2018 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of February 22, 2017, so there has been progress, albeit slow, in this cattegory. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who have a cutoff date of April 9, 2009 (EB-2) and May 22, 2009 (EB-3) AND those born in China who now have...
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Immigration 2019: A Look at the Year Ahead Webinar Recording Now Available

Are you aware of the Trump administration’s latest plans to further change legal immigration policies that will impact many foreign born professionals and their employers? Watch this informative webinar,  “Immigration 2019: A Look at the Year Ahead,” for the information you need to know to prepare for these important changes as well as current trends and issues in employment related immigration. Enjoy! This information is provided as an educational service. Consult with an attorney t...
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February 2019 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for February 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now December 1, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of February 8, 2017, so there has been significant progress in this cattegory. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who have a cutoff date of April 6, 2009 (EB-2) and April 22, 2009 (EB-3) AND those born in China who now have a ...
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How Does the Partial Government Shutdown Affect the EB-5 Immigrant Visa Program?

How Does the Partial Government Shutdown Affect the EB-5 Immigrant Visa Program? At this time, we are entering the fourth week of the partial government shutdown.  Most immigration programs remain unaffected by the shutdown, except the EB-5 Regional Center program. To explain, there are two ways to invest and qualify for the  EB-5 immigrant visa. An investor can start or buy a commerical enterprise and directly manage the business.  This is typically called the "direct investment" EB-5 progr...
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Immigration 2019: A Look at the Year Ahead for Employers and Professionals Webinar on January 30

Are you aware of the Trump administration’s latest plans to further change legal immigration policies that will impact many foreign born professionals and their employers?  Join me for a webinar, “Immigration 2019: A Look at the Year Ahead,” for the information you need to know to prepare for these important changes as well as current trends and issues in employment related immigration. Date:  Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Time:  12 p.m. CT/1 p.m. ET/11 a.m. MT/10 a.m. PT Length:  1 hour ...
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