News Updates

USCIS Completes Its H-1B Cap Selection Process

August 6, 2014 Larrabee

USCIS COMPLETES ITS H-1B CAP SELECTION PROCESS THIS NOTICE MAY BE RELEVANT TO COMPANIES WHO HAVE FILED H-1B CAP PETITIONS AND FOREIGN NATIONALS WHO HAVE HAD AN H-1B CAP PETITION FILED TO SPONSOR THEM FOR H-1B STATUS EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2014 The United States Citizenship and Immigration...

California Raises I-9 Issues

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California has a new law that provides California workers with expanded protections against adverse employment actions.  Specifically, this new law applies in situations where individuals are seeking to change their personal information, i.e. they have a new identity or Social Security Number, etc.  Assembly Bill...

Immigrant Visa Priority Dates and Availability Predictions

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U.S. Department of State Visa Office Update on Priority Dates and Demand This portion of the update is courtesy of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and AILA members Michael Nowlan and Roberta Freeman.   AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 12012349 (posted April 28, 2014).  Highlighting in red...

Premium Processing H-1B Petitions will be Adjudicated

August 5, 2014 Larrabee

USCIS Confirms that Petitions filed via Premium Processing will be adjudicated beginning April 28, 2014. As we noted in our April 10th Update, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is in the process of sending Receipt Notices for H-1B petitions selected in the H-1B cap lottery...

The FY2015 H-1B Cap has been reached

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The FY2015 H-1B Cap has been reached and a lottery will be conducted for all petitions received at USCIS from Tuesday, April 1 through Monday, April 7. Please note that any cases received at USCIS by close of business today will be included in the lottery. Cases...

UPDATE: Fiscal Year 2015 H-1B Quota

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The filing window for H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2014 numerical cap will open on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.   The earliest start date of employment pursuant to these H-1Bs will be October 1, 2014. The visa numbers available remain unchanged: Regular/Bachelor's Cap:    68,000, with...

H-1B Cap Expected to be Reached Right Away

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The FY2015 H-1B cap will open on April 1, 2014.  Informal reports indicate that the cap is expected to be reached right away.  USCIS has not made any predictions as to when the H-1B cap may be hit, but has indicated that it always plans...