Labor Unions Can Directly Send Negative O Visa Consultations

USCIS announced that effective immediately, it shall accept copies of negative consultation letters directly from labor unions relating to O non-immigrant visa petition submissions. In general, USCIS requires consultation letters from a U.S. peer group, labor organization, or management organization for O petitions. Typically, the petitioner submits the necessary O visa consultation with the petition. While […]

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USCIS Premium Processing Fee To Increase

The $1,225 USCIS Premium Processing fee will increase to $1,410 for Form I-129 and Form I-140 petitions beginning October 1, 2018. Under Premium Processing USCIS guarantees 15 calendar day processing for certain employment-based petitions and applications. Petitioners desirous of making a request for premium processing of an eligible petition should complete and file a Form […]

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Suspension Of H-1B Premium Processing To Continue

The temporary suspension of premium processing for all FY 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions is set to continue beyond September 10, 2018. USCIS had previously announced the suspension of premium processing for all FY 2019 H-1B cap petitions in March 2018, and the suspension was slated to last until September 10, 2018. USCIS has now extended […]

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H1B Cap Update: USCIS Returns Petitions Unselected In The H1B Lottery

USCIS has announced that it has returned all FY 2019 H-1B cap petitions that were not selected in the H-1B lottery. Petitioners who submitted an H-1B cap petition during the first 5 business days of April 2018, and who have not received the Receipt Notice or the returned petition by August 13, may contact USCIS […]

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CNMI CW-1 Cap Raised, Employers Must Enrol In E-Verify

President Trump has signed a new law extending the CNMI CW-1 program that allows employers within the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) to seek permission to employ foreign workers who are otherwise ineligible to work in the CNMI under other nonimmigrant worker categories. Under the new law: The CNMI CW-1 program has been […]

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