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April 4, 2016 | Posted by Business Immigration Group | Permalink
Premium Processing of FY 2017 H-1B Cap Petitions to Begin No Later Than May 16

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that Premium Processing of fiscal year 2017 H-1B cap cases will be postponed until no later than May 16. USCIS stated it is delaying the start of the 15-day Premium Processing clock so that it can focus on initial intake, data entry and receipting of the large number of petitions it expects to receive this cap filing season. USCIS’s announcement means that employers that requested 15-day Premium Processing service for their H-1B cap cases filed on April 1, 2016, may not see action taken on their cases (approval, denial or issuance of a request for evidence) before Tuesday, May 31, 2016. read more
November 1, 2015 | Posted by Kramer Levin | Permalink
On April 1, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions for professional positions. Although petitions may be filed beginning on April 1, the start date for the employment can be no earlier than October 1, 2016.
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October 7, 2015 | Posted by Business Immigration Group | Permalink
The Department of State has announced the opening of the registration period for the 2017 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery. read more
September 15, 2015 | Posted by Business Immigration Group | Permalink
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. State Department have announced significant changes to make it possible for eligible employer-sponsored foreign nationals to file applications for adjustment of status to permanent residence before an immigrant visa number becomes available. read more
August 24, 2015 | Posted by Business Immigration Group | Permalink

This alert focuses on two recent developments:

  • the effect of a federal court order striking down the STEM OPT extension rule; and
  • the USCIS guidance on when to file amended H-1B petitions for changes in work location.
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