News Updates

H-1B Cap Update: 233,000 Petitions Received in First Week

April 14, 2015 Larrabee

USCIS Announces approximately 233,000 Cap Subject H-1B Petitions were received in the first week filing was permitted. Lottery Completed. Cases selected in the lottery: LAC will forward the receipt notice for any petitions selected in the lottery to the employee (via the employer) as soon as...

FY2016 H-1B Cap Reached; USCIS Will Conduct Lottery

April 9, 2015 Larrabee

As expected, the FY2016 H-1B Cap has been reached in the first week filings were permitted. USCIS will conduct a lottery for all petitions received from Wednesday, April 1 through Tuesday, April 7. Please note that any cases received at USCIS by close of business April 7 will be...

L-1B Denial Rates Continue to Increase – 2014 Statistics

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L-1B Denial Rates Continue to Increase The L-1B category is reserved for intracompany transfers who have specialized knowledge. "Intracompany" refers to individuals transferring from a qualifying company abroad to work temporarily for a related company in the U.S. Although there has been no change in the law...

USCIS to Begin Accepting H-4 EAD Applications 5/26/15

February 24, 2015 Larrabee

The long-anticipated regulation allowing certain individuals in H-4 status to apply for an EAD (Employment Authorization Document) will be published in the Federal Register tomorrow. It will allow for eligible individuals to apply for an EAD on or after May 26, 2015. Please see the attached FAQ...

Employment Authorization Documents delayed at USCIS

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The below information is important to any: • Human resources representative; • Manager of an employee working pursuant an EAD; • Foreign national currently working pursuant to an EAD; and • Foreign national seeking employment and planning to use a pending EAD in the near future...

USCIS ERROR IN APPROVAL NOTICE MAILINGS

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Important Message for All Company Representatives Assisting with Immigration Matters: USCIS is temporarily sending original approval notices directly to the Petitioner or Applicant. Ordinarily, USCIS will send a Courtesy Copy of immigration approval notices to the Petitioner or Applicant (the employer or the foreign national, depending...

What types of OPT are available?

January 28, 2015 Larrabee

Pre-completion: An F-1 student may be authorized to participate in pre-completion OPT after he or she has been enrolled for one full academic year. The pre-completion OPT must be directly related to the student’s major field of study. Students authorized to participate in pre-completion OPT...