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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USCIS Updates Guidance On Issuance Of NTAs

USCIS has issued a Policy Memorandum updating the guidelines USCIS officers use to determine when to issue a Notice to Appear (NTA). An NTA is a document given to an alien that instructs them to appear before an immigration judge on a certain date. The issuance of an NTA commences removal proceedings against the alien. […]

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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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