News Updates

Updates to USCIS Employment-Based Greencard Interview Procedures

22:05 19 October in News Updates
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LAC previously notified our clients that effective October 1, 2017, USCIS would begin conducting in-person interviews of all applicants seeking employment-based (EB) greencards. Since announcing the implementation of these new procedures, USCIS has issued the following updates: Which cases will require an interview? Every applicant who filed...

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

18:01 03 October in News Updates
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Today USCIS issued the below press release, indicating they have resumed premium processing for H-1B petitions requesting an extension of stay.  USCIS adds that "Premium processing is now available for all types of H-1B petitions."  However, this message is unclear, as not all H-1B petitions...

New Travel Ban Announced

15:28 02 October in News Updates
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The Trump Administration has unveiled new travel restrictions on certain citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen.  Restrictions vary by country as follows: Countries included in the new travel ban: Chad: Suspends the entry of immigrants and temporary visitors on business or tourist...

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Cap Cases

22:11 18 September in News Updates
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing on September 18, 2017 for all pending H-1Bs filed under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap.  Premium processing is an expedited adjudication service.  For an additional filing fee of $1225, USCIS guarantees a 15-day response time. Premium...

H-1B Site Visits: Guidance for Employers

19:27 11 September in News Updates
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As we reported in April, USCIS is continuing its initiative to increase H-1B site visits.  Accordingly, employers and H-1B visa beneficiaries may wish to review the below guidance to be prepared for such a visit. H-1B Site Visits:  Guidance for Employers BACKGROUND The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)...