News Updates

FY2021 H-1B CAP FILINGS

January 13, 2020 Larrabee

The filing window for H-1B registration to seek a FY2021 (10/1/20 to 9/30/21) cap or quota number will be from 3/1/20 through 3/20/20.  The earliest start date of employment for approved petitions is 10/1/20. How will the process change this year? USCIS is changing the way H-1B "cap"...

USCIS to Increase Filing Fees

December 18, 2019 Larrabee

USCIS has proposed changes to its filing fees that are expected to take effect within the first quarter of 2020. The rule proposes adjusting USCIS fees by a weighted average increase of 21% to ensure full cost recovery. Current fees would leave the agency underfunded by...

International Travel Tips and Reminders for Foreign Nationals

December 17, 2019 Larrabee

Frequently Asked Questions: International Travel Issues on Temporary Visas International Travel Requirements and Advisories DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application How to Make Changes to the DS-160 After Submission Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) for Visa Waiver Program Travelers Trips to Canada or Mexico (Automatic...

USCIS Premium Processing Filing Fee to Increase on 12/2/19

November 11, 2019 Larrabee

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a $30 fee increase for premium processing of eligible employment-based petitions beginning on 12/2/19. The premium processing fee will increase to $1,440 from the current fee of $1,410. What types of petitions are eligible for premium processing? Certain I-129 (Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker)...

2021 DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY – ONLINE ENTRY PERIOD

October 1, 2019 Larrabee

Begins at Noon EST on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Ends at Noon EST on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (also known as the Green Card or DV Lottery) provides immigrant visas each fiscal year for persons from countries with low rates of immigration...

Approved and Pending H-1B Cap Petitions as of October 1, 2019

September 23, 2019 Larrabee

October 1st marks the date when H-1B petitions filed under the annual cap are set to take effect.  Below are some important reminders for approved H-1B petitions and options for petitions that remain pending. H-1B Petitions Approved as Change of Status versus Consular Notification H-1B petitions reflecting...