FY 2020 H1B Cap Reached

Within the first 5 days of the FY 2020 H-1B Cap filing period, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory annual H-1B Cap of 65,000 under the general category. USCIS has not yet announced if it has received sufficient number of petitions to meet the […]

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USCIS Resumes H-1B Premium Processing For Certain H-1B Petitions

Starting February 19, 2019, USCIS will resume the Premium Processing service for all H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018. Under the USCIS Premium Processing Service, USCIS guarantees a response within 15 days of the receipt of the Premium Processing request. Petitioners desirous of upgrading their pending petitions to Premium Processing must submit […]

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H and L Visa Processing In China: Update

H and L visa applicants in China must note that starting March 1, 2019, H and L visa interviews will only be held at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the U.S. Consulates in Guangzhou and Shanghai. U.S. Consulates in Chengdu and Shenyang will no longer be conducting H or L interviews. If you have […]

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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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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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