Petitions Without Required Initial Evidence Could Be Denied Without RFE

A new policy memorandum from USCIS will now empower USCIS adjudicators with full discretion to deny applications, petitions, and requests without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) when required initial evidence was not submitted or the evidence of record fails to establish eligibility. This new guidance will replace […]

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Missed The H-1B Cap? Here Are Some H-1B Visa Alternatives

USCIS has announced that it has completed the data entry for all FY 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the H-1B lottery. As of today, if you have not yet received an I-797 Receipt Notice and if the filing fee checks submitted by your employer have not been cashed, it is unlikely that your H-1B […]

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USCIS Completes Data Entry Of FY 2019 H1B Cap Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has completed data entry of all FY 2019 H1B Cap petitions selected in the H1B lottery. USCIS will now begin returning all H1B Cap petitions that were not selected in the 2018 H1B lottery. USCIS has not provided a time frame for returning these petitions, but has stated that […]

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CW-1 Cap Update: USCIS Conducts Lottery

USCIS has completed the CW-1 lottery to select enough petitions to meet the annual cap of 4,999 for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1) program. USCIS had earlier announced that it would conduct a lottery to randomly select CW-1 petitions received between April 2, 2018 and April 13, 2018, and […]

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Form DS-160: New DOS Proposal To Seek Details Of Social Media Accounts

DOS has issued a notice calling for comments from the public about proposed revisions to nonimmigrant visa application forms – Form DS-160 and DS-156. The proposal from DOS includes adding several additional questions in the forms, seeking additional information, including: information about the social media accounts used by them in the past five year period. […]

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