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411, 2014

U.S. Department of Sate Passport and Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) Crash update as of August 4th, 2014

By |November 4th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Department of State (DOS) continues to work and make progress to restore the visa system to full capacity and functionality. It is anticipated it will take weeks to resume full visa processing capacity. Visa [...]

2810, 2014

GOING, GOING, GONE! USCIS’ FY 2015 H-1B CAP

By |October 28th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7, 2014, that it had received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year 2015, which begins on October 1, [...]

2710, 2014

DOMA is DEAD

By |October 27th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court unequivocally affirmed there is no legitimate reason for the federal government to discriminate against married couples based on sexual orientation. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) of 1996 [...]

2010, 2014

Fiscal Year 2015: H-1B filing date coming up quickly

By |October 20th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The H-1B visa category is used by employers hiring a foreign national in a professional level position (“specialty occupation”) requiring at least a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) [...]

2009, 2014

OSC electronic I-9

By |September 20th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

An 8/20/13 Technical Assistance Letter (TAL) from the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Office of Special Counsel, Deputy Special Counsel Seema Nanda, discourages pre-population of employee information in Section 1 of the I-9 Form by electronic [...]

1308, 2014

H-1B Deadline Fast Approaching!

By |August 13th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The H-1B visa category is used by employers hiring a foreign national in a professional level position (“specialty occupation”) requiring at least a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. This year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration [...]

2806, 2014

DS-160, The New Non-Immigrant Visa Application

By |June 28th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Department of State (“DOS”) will require that all U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad use the new online DS-160 for nonimmigrant visa applications by April 30, 2010. The DS-160 will replace the paper based application, [...]

2805, 2014

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Launches ‘I-9 Central’ on USCIS.gov

By |May 28th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Since 1986, U.S. employers have been required to verify the identity and employment authorization of every worker hired, regardless of the employee’s immigration status. To comply with the law, employers must complete form I-9, available [...]

2801, 2014

H-1B Cap Gap Relief

By |January 28th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

In April, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) reminded employers that some foreign national employees may qualify for Cap Gap relief. H-1B Cap Gap Relief pertains to F-1 students with pending or approved H-1B [...]

2811, 2013

USCIS CONTINUES TO ACCEPT H-1B PETITIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011

By |November 28th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) recently announced that it will continue to accept H-1B nonimmigrant petitions for the 2011 fiscal year cap. USCIS will monitor the number of petitions received for both the 65,000 [...]

1111, 2013

Employment Based Preference Categories and Priority Date Retrogression

By |November 11th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Immigration and Nationality Act sets limits on how many green cards or immigrant visas may be issued each Fiscal Year (October 1st through September 30th ) in all visa categories. Every year, the government [...]

3004, 2013

I-94 Card Automation

By |April 30th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

On April 30, 2013, Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) began automating the issuance of Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record for foreign nationals entering the U.S. by eliminating the paper form I-94. The form I-94 will be [...]

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