News Updates

News Regarding FY2017 H-1B Cap

January 4, 2016 Larrabee

April 1, 2016 marks the opening date of the filing window for H-1B petitions seeking a FY2017 (10/1/16 to 9/30/17) cap or quota number. USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions for the 2017 H-1B cap starting Friday, April 1, 2016. The H-1B quota limitations are as...

Breaking News: STEM OPT Update

October 19, 2015 Larrabee

Breaking News:  DHS Issues Proposed Rule "Improving and Expanding Training Opportunities for F-1 Nonimmigrant Students with STEM Degrees and Cap-Gap Relief for All Eligible F-1 Students" Today the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") issued an Advance Copy of proposed rulemaking related to F-1 students with STEM degrees,...

The 2017 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Entry Period to Open on October 1, 2015

September 30, 2015 Larrabee

The 2017 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Online Entry Period will begin at Noon ET on October 1, 2015, and will end at Noon ET on November 3, 2015. Applicants may access the eligibility requirements, instructions for application, and FAQs for the 2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program at: http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Diversity-Visa/DV-Instructions-Translations/DV-2017-Instructions-Translations/DV-2017%20Instructions%20and%20FAQs.pdf The...

Restrictions on California Notaries Completing Form I-9

August 14, 2015 Larrabee

Restrictions on California Notaries Completing Form I-9 U.S. employers are required by law to verify the identity and employment authorization of each individual they hire after November 6, 1986 by completing Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The employee must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 attesting that...

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Extensions

July 15, 2015 Larrabee

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Extension of Stay H-1B Petitions On July 13, 2015 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it will resume accepting Premium Processing requests for H-1B extensions and H-1B change of employer petitions which include a request for extension of status,...