USCIS have finished returning unselected H-1B petitions that were not selected in the FY2019 cap lottery. Employers should receive petition packages and fee checks [...]
Since the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency announced its program to “create a culture of compliance among employers”, there has been a marked [...]
I am Applying for my Green Card through an Employer. How Should I Prepare for my Green Card Interview?
On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 12780, which, among other things, called for the implementation of standardized vetting procedures for immigration [...]
For many foreign nationals, the E-2 visa is an excellent visa option that permits the applicant to live and work in the United States. [...]
For many foreign nationals who travel to the United States to study and earn a bachelor’s degree in the fields of science, technology, engineering [...]
The Trump Administration has announced on May 14, 2018 that it has dramatically increased the number of worksite investigations and audits to make sure [...]
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have announced on May 15, 2018 that it has completed data entry for all FY 2019 [...]
USCIS Tightens Language on Employer-Employee Relationship and Third-Party Placement for STEM OPT Students
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) quietly revised the STEM OPT requirement page, showing only as “last reviewed/updated”, on January 24, 2018. [...]
Starting from April 30, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will use U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) Signature Restricted Delivery service to [...]
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has completed the two lotteries to choose the H-1B applications that will [...]
If you are an F-1 student and an H-1B cap petition to change status to H-1B has been filed on your behalf, traveling internationally [...]
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced on March 20, 2018 that, starting from April 2, 2018, premium processing for all fiscal [...]
A new USCIS policy memorandum issued on February 22, 2018 requires H-1B employers to disclose detailed information about vendor and end-client relationships when petitioning [...]
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Service Center Operations Directorate (USCIS SCOPS) confirmed that it is not anticipating any procedural changes for the [...]
The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) under the Trump Administration may implement new guidelines terminating a 2015 Rule that extended eligibility for employment authorization [...]
Recent Trends In Adjudication of H-1B Petitions Reveal Increased Scrutiny by USCIS Many studious readers of Scott Legal’s blog are familiar with the recent [...]
On September 27, 2017 USCIS stated that it plans to resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions on or before October 3, 2017. There [...]
Positive News in Otherwise Dark Times: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for all H-1B Pending Petitions Subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Cap
With the sun setting fast on Fiscal Year 2017 at the end of this month, USCIS announced on Monday, September 18 that Premium Processing [...]
H1B portability and travelling while an H-1B transfer petition is pending – Can I travel while my H-1B Petition is Pending?
The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 created the H nonimmigrant classification, which includes several visa classifications for temporary workers and trainees. The H1B [...]
What are the H-1B Employer Obligations? What Does an Employer have to do when Filing an H-1B Petition?
What are an employer’s obligations when H-1B employment starts? The H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa suitable for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree [...]
The B-1 classification is available to foreign nationals who desire to enter the U.S. for short-term business activities. The B-1 classification does not, however, [...]
“Cap Gap” is the government’s solution to a problem that many F-1 students on Optional Practical Training (OPT) who had successfully filed an H-1B [...]
The H-3 visa is a nonimmigrant visa which permits foreign nationals to enter the U.S. to receive professional training with a U.S. company. To [...]
The H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa suitable for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent and a job offer from a [...]
If I sponsor an employee for a green card do I have to place advertisements? What does it mean to “test the labor market”? What are the Steps for PERM?
If you are an employer planning to sponsor one of your employees for a green card, there are several steps to the process. The [...]
The U.S. Government has completed entering the data for H-1B petitions for this year. This means that if you have not yet received a [...]
I am in H-1B status but I also want to study. Can I study in the U.S. in my H-1B status? Can I work and go to school at the same time in H-1B status?
If you are in H-1B status, and you can manage to fit in classes with your current schedule, it is fine to also study [...]
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that permits a company to hire workers in specialty occupations. This visa category requires that the beneficiary [...]