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USCIS Conducts Second Random Selection from Previously Submitted FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registrations

22:15 30 July in News Updates by Larrabee

In March 2021, USCIS conducted an initial random selection on properly submitted electronic registrations for the fiscal year (FY) 2022 H-1B cap, including for beneficiaries eligible for the advanced degree exemption. Per regulation, USCIS uses historical data related to approvals, denials, revocations, and other relevant factors to calculate the number of registrations needed to meet the H-1B cap for a given fiscal year. Only those petitioners with selected registrations for FY 2022 are eligible to file H-1B cap-subject petitions.    The initial filing period for those with selected registrations for FY 2022 was from April 1, 2021, through June 30, 2021. USCIS determined that it needed...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 7.27.2021

22:31 27 July in News Updates by Larrabee

IMMIGRATION UPDATE - July 27, 2021 HEADLINES International Travel 1. U.S. Extends Nonessential Travel Restrictions at Canada, Mexico Land Borders through at least August 31; Canada Opens to U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents August 9 – Canadians and many other U.S.-bound international travelers can fly into the United States if they receive a negative COVID-19 test. DACA 2. Justice Dept. Issues Reminder for DACA Recipients and Employers – Among other tips, DOJ noted that "existing DACA recipients are allowed to retain their grant of DACA and apply for renewal" and that employers are not expected to know which employees, if any, have DACA. 3. New DACA Applications Blocked...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 7.12.2021

19:33 12 July in News Updates by Larrabee

IMMIGRATION UPDATE - July 12, 2021 HEADLINES 1. USCIS Announces Updated Guidance for I-9 Process and Acceptance of Receipts – USCIS announced updated guidance on receipts for the I-9 employment authorization verification process:  If the employee does not present the original document for which the previously provided receipt was issued but presents, within the 90-day period, another acceptable document (or documents) to demonstrate his or her identity and/or employment authorization, employers may now accept such documentation. 2. National Interest Exceptions Extended to One Year, Embassies Report – U.S. Embassies in London and Berlin have reported that "all National Interest Exceptions (NIE) are now valid...

IMMIGRATION UPDATE 7.07.2021 — Monthly Summary

20:37 07 July in News Updates by Larrabee

IMMIGRATION UPDATE - July 7, 2021 HEADLINES THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE Honoring Independence Day, we pause to thank U.S. servicemen and women for their sacrifices. We extend our thanks to the more than 18,000 Afghans who have supported our troops abroad. 1.  Afghans To Be Evacuated Who Worked To Help United States, Biden Says – A group of affected Afghans will be brought to Guam or a third country to complete their application process before receiving Special Immigrant Visas. TRAVEL 2. Extension of validity for National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) granted to travelers from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and...

USCIS Releases Data on FY2022 H-1B Cap Registration Process

18:34 16 June in News Updates by Larrabee

USCIS has released data from the FY2022 H-1B cap registration process, stating that it received 308,613 H-1B registrations during the initial registration period and selected 87,500 registrations. USCIS also provided data from FY2021 for comparison. The data reflects a record number of H-1B registrations in any fiscal year.  USCIS will continue to monitor the usage of selected registrations. USCIS will determine whether a second lottery will be held after the period for filing petitions selected in the initial lottery ends (that is, after June 30, 2021). LAC will alert clients should a second selection take place. FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registration Process Update from USCIS The...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 5.24.2021

22:12 24 May in News Updates by Larrabee

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE - May 24, 2021 HEADLINES 1. CBP Extends Temporary Travel Restrictions Between the U.S. and Canada/ Mexico – Land border ports of entry crossing restriction to essential travel extended through at least June 21, 2021. 2. DHS Announces Open Registration for Temporary Protected Status for Burma -- The Department of Homeland Security today published a Federal Register notice (FRN) designating Burma for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, effective May 25, 2021, through Nov. 25, 2022. 3. DHS Issues Final Rule to Remove Vacated H-1B Rule – The vacated interim final rule, issued in October 2020, made changes to the...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 5.21.2021

17:36 21 May in News Updates by Larrabee

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE - May 21, 2021 HEADLINES 1. DHS Announces Continuation of International Entrepreneur Program -- USCIS said the program, first introduced in 2017, "will remain a viable program for foreign entrepreneurs to create and develop start-up entities with high growth potential in the United States." 2. June Visa Bulletin Published – DOS announces immigrant visa priority dates effective June 1, 2021.  EB-2 and EB-3 India and China advance. USCIS announces Final Action Date Chart must be utilized for employment-based categories.  Family-based 2A may use the Final Action Chart; all other family-based categories must use the Dates for Filing Chart.  The next “Chat with Charlie” will...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 5.13.2021

20:45 13 May in News Updates by Larrabee

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE - May 13, 2021 HEADLINES DHS Suspends Biometrics Collection for H-4 and L-2 Spouses Effective May 17 -- In a proposed class action filing claiming the agency's delays in issuing dependent EADs are illegal, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said it will suspend biometric screening requirements for H-4 and L-2 derivative visa holders while it reviews its policy. The suspension will take effect on May 17 and will be in effect for two years. USCIS Updates Process to Reschedule Biometrics Services Appointments – Applicants must now call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 800-375-5283 to reschedule their...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 5.03.2021

22:27 03 May in News Updates by Larrabee

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE - May 3, 2021 HEADLINES President Biden Suspends Entry of Noncitizens/Non-LPRs Traveling From India; U.S. Mission in India Announces Limits on Visa Services – President Biden has issued a proclamation suspending the entry of non-U.S. citizens who were physically present within India during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States, with some exceptions. The proclamation takes effect May 4, 2021. State Dept. Announces Tiered Immigrant Visa Prioritization – On April 30, 2021, the Department of State announced a tiered prioritization approach to "triage" immigrant visa applications in light of reduced...