News Updates

USCIS ERROR IN APPROVAL NOTICE MAILINGS

21:25 24 February in News Updates

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 on the case type), and the original approval notice to the attorney of record. In the past few days, we have noticed that we are receiving from USCIS the courtesy copy of immigration approval notices, rather than the original. We contacted USCIS and the agent referenced a new Form G-28 - this is the attorney representation...

What types of OPT are available?

07:07 28 January in LAC Blog

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 must work part-time while school is in session. They may work full-time when school is not in session. Post-completion: An F-1 student may be authorized to participate in post-completion OPT upon completion of studies. The post-completion OPT must be directly related to the student’s major area of study and employment must be full-time.   Click here to schedule...

News Regarding FY2016 H-1B Cap

15:00 06 January in News Updates

April 1, 2015 marks the opening date of the filing window for H-1B petitions seeking a FY2016 (10/1/15 to 9/30/16) cap or quota number. USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions for the 2016 H-1B cap starting Wednesday, April 1, 2015. The H-1B quota limitations are as follows: Regular cap (Bachelor's degree): 58,200 Regular cap, Citizen of Chile: 1,400 Regular cap, Citizen of Singapore: 5,400 Master's cap (Master's degree or higher from a U.S. University): 20,000 Background: You may recall that for the past three years the H-1B quota was met as soon as the filing window opened on April 1st, triggering the lottery provision. This provision requires...

E-Verify Records Retention and Disposal

20:32 19 December in News Updates

On January 1, 2015, USCIS will begin deleting E-Verify case records that are over 10 years old, which are those records whose last transaction occurred on or before December 31, 2004. The deletion of records will be an annual process that will continue in future years. The Department of Homeland Security will not have access to these old records effective January 1, 2015. If for any reason an employer would like to retain records subject to deletion, the employer may download a "Historic Records Report" containing information about transactions in each E-Verify case created on or before December 31, 2004. Please...