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Visa Bulletin June 2017: EB-1 China and EB-1 India Retrogress; EB-2 Advances Marginally for China and India
May 11, 2017
The U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin June 2017 shows retrogression in EB-1 China and EB-1 India. EB-2 China and EB-2 India advanced marginally in the Application Final Action Dates chart. No changes were seen in the Dates for Filing Applications chart for the employment based visa preference categories. USCIS is yet to announce which chart may be used in June 2017 for filing applications for Adjustment of Status with USCIS.
FY 2018 H1B Cap Update: USCIS Completes Data Entry Of Petitions Selected In H1B Lottery
May 5, 2017
USCIS has completed data entry of all FY 2018 H1B Cap petitions selected in the H1B lottery, and will now begin returning H1B Cap petitions that were not selected in the 2017 H1B lottery. USCIS is also transferring some 2017 H1B Cap petitions from Vermont Service Center to California Service Center.
CBP Global Entry Program Extended To Citizens of Argentina
May 2, 2017
Starting May 8, 2017, Citizens of Argentina can begin applying to enroll in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) “Global Entry” Trusted Traveler Program. Global Entry is a CBP Trusted Traveler Program that allows for expedited clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travelers. It is currently available at 52 U.S. airports and 15 Preclearance locations. Learn more about the CBP Global Entry program and how to apply for Global Entry membership as a Citizen of Argentina.
Impact of ACICS Loss of Accreditation on STEM OPT Extensions
April 24, 2017
The announcement of U.S. Department of Education that it no longer recognizes the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting agency affects foreign students under F and M status pursuing a program of study at ACICS-accredited schools, including those desirous of securing a 24-month STEM OPT extension. Foreign students enrolled at ACICS-accredited schools should contact their designated school officials (DSOs) immediately to understand how the school’s loss of recognized accreditation will affect their nonimmigrant status and applications for immigration benefits.
USCIS May 2017 Visa Bulletin Update
April 21, 2017
USCIS has announced the Adjustment of Status Filing Charts for May 2017, providing information on which Green Card applicants can file their Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status with USCIS in May 2017.
President Trump’s New Executive Order: What The Hire American Policy Really Means
April 19, 2017
President Trump has signed an Executive Order on April 18, 2017 directing among other things, rigorous enforcement and administration of the laws governing entry of foreign workers into the U.S. The new executive order directs the Secretary of State, Secretary of Labor, Secretary of Homeland Security, along with the Attorney General to suggest reforms to the H-1B program and propose new rules and issue guidance to protect the interests of US workers.
FY 2018 H1B Cap Update: USCIS Completes H1B Lottery
April 18, 2017
USCIS has received 199,000 H1B petitions during the 2017 H1B Cap filing period, and has conducted the H1B 2017 lottery on April 11, 2017. For cap-subject petitions not selected in the lottery, USCIS will reject and return the petition with filing fees, unless it is found to be a duplicate filing.
FY 2018 H1B Cap Reached!
April 8, 2017
USCIS has announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory H1B Cap for FY 2018. USCIS will return the filing fees for all 2017 H1B cap-subject petitions that are unselected and that are not duplicate filings. USCIS is yet to announce the date on which it will conduct the 2017 H1B Lottery.
Automatic EAD Extension: Your Questions Answered
February 16, 2017
Under the new EAD extension rules that went into effect on January 17, 2017, certain expired EAD’s validity period will be automatically extended for 180 days while an EAD renewal application is pending. Find out which EAD categories qualify for this automatic extension, and how qualifying applicants could secure extension of employment authorization under the new rule.
Startup Visa For International Entrepreneurs
January 18, 2017
Starting July 17, 2017, the International Entrepreneur Parole program will enable start-up business-owners and entrepreneurs to begin to establish and grow their business in the U.S. while bypassing the normal nonimmigrant visa process. USCIS will issue parole to qualifying foreign entrepreneurs who demonstrate that their stay in the United States would provide a significant public benefit through the potential for rapid business growth and job creation.
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