Labor Unions Can Now Directly Send Negative P Visa Consultations To USCIS

USCIS is now accepting copies of negative consultation letters directly from labor unions relating to P non-immigrant visa petition submissions. In general, USCIS requires a consultation letter, also known as the advisory opinion, from a U.S. labor organization for P visa petitions. The necessary P visa consultation is submitted by the petitioner with the P […]

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USCIS Moscow Field Office To Close On March 29

USCIS has announced that it is closing its field office in Moscow. The USCIS Field Office in Moscow will be accepting applications only till February 28, 2019, and the office will permanently close down on March 29, 2019. Jurisdiction over immigration matters in the Russian Federation, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, […]

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H1B Cap 2020 Update: Pre-Registration Not Required

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has posted a final rule amending regulations governing H1B cap petitions. The rule will go into effect on April 1, 2019. The new rule introduces an electronic registration requirement for H1B cap petitioners (H1B pre-registration) that will require petitioners seeking to file H1B cap petitions to first electronically register […]

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USCIS Resumes H-1B Premium Processing For FY 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions

USCIS has resumed premium processing for all FY 2019 H-1B cap petitions. Petitioners with a pending H-1B cap petition may now submit the H-1B Premium Processing request with USCIS. In cases where an RFE is pending, petitioners must include their RFE Response, if not already submitted, with the Premium Processing request. Under the USCIS Premium […]

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Government Shutdown And Impact On Immigration Services

With the official partial shutdown of the U.S. government entering the second week, here is a quick look at how the shutdown will affect various immigration-related services: USCIS: The shutdown should not affect USCIS, for the most part, as the agency is largely funded by user fees. As such, there should be minimal effect on […]

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