News Updates

FY2021 H-1B CAP REGISTRATION FILING DEADLINE APPROACHING

23:44 12 February in News Updates by Larrabee

Filing Window for Registration The filing window for H-1B registration to seek a quota number for this fiscal year will be from noon EST March 1, 2020 through noon EST March 20, 2020.   To ensure timely filing, please initiate H-1B cap cases for this fiscal year right away. New Registration System USCIS is changing the way H-1B "cap" petitions are filed and selected.  Previously, a fully completed petition was required for consideration in the random selection process that took place the first week in April of each year.  This year, the process is changing so that candidates eligible for an H-1B will be...

Travel Ban Extended to Six Additional Countries

23:33 05 February in News Updates by Larrabee

Trump Administration Expands Travel Restrictions to Include Nationals of Six More Countries On January 31, 2020, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation expanding what has become known as Travel Ban 3.0 to include foreign nationals of the following six countries:  Burma (Myanmar), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania.    This represents an expansion of the third version of a travel ban introduced in September of 2017, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Trump v. Hawaii.    This brings the total number of countries impacted by the ban to 13. Effective Date The effective date of the expansion is February...

Impact on Travel and Consular Appointments in China Due to Coronavirus

19:51 05 February in News Updates by Larrabee

We understand clients are following national and international news in this rapidly changing situation.  The below is an update to our Client Alert of January 31, 2020.    The information is current as of  February 4, 2020. Impact on Travel to the U.S. Evacuation flights:   The Department of State has advised it may be staging additional evacuation flights with capacity for private U.S. citizens on a reimbursable basis, leaving Wuhan Tianhe International Airport on Thursday, February 6, 2020.    Non-U.S. citizen immediate family members (spouse, parent or child of the U.S. citizen) traveling with the U.S. citizen family member will also be eligible for...

New Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Published Today

22:45 31 January in News Updates by Larrabee

On Jan. 31, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published the Form I-9 Federal Register notice announcing a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  This new version bears a revision date of Oct. 21, 2019 and contains minor changes to the form and its instructions.   The notice provides employers additional time to make necessary updates and adjust their business processes.  Employers may continue using the prior version of the form (Rev. 07/17/2017 N) until April 30, 2020.  After that date, they may only use the new form with the 10/21/2019 version date. The version date is located in...

FY2021 H-1B CAP FILINGS

21:28 13 January in News Updates by 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" petitions are filed and selected.  Previously, a fully completed petition was required for consideration in the random selection process that took place the first week in April of each year.  This year, the process is changing so that candidates eligible for an H-1B will be registered electronically during the registration window and a full H-1B...

USCIS to Increase Filing Fees

23:30 18 December in News Updates by 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 approximately $1.3 billion per year. USCIS last updated its fee structure in FY 2017, by a weighted average increase of 21%. The proposed fee rule accounts for increased costs to adjudicate immigration benefit requests, detect and deter immigration fraud, and thoroughly vet applicants, petitioners, and beneficiaries. Unlike most government agencies, USCIS is fee-funded. Federal law requires...

International Travel Tips and Reminders for Foreign Nationals

20:15 17 December in News Updates by 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 Visa Revalidation) US-VISIT, WHTI and Trusted Traveler Programs I-94 Admissions Record  Resource Links: CBP Travel Guidance Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) I-94 Arrival/ Departure Record Retrieval US Embassies and Consulates  Administrative Processing Information   Time-Saving Travel Programs  CBP's Trusted Traveler Programs  (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, and FAST) provide enrollees with expedited U.S. customs screenings, dramatically reducing...

USCIS Announces Implementation of H-1B Electronic Registration Process for Fiscal Year 2021 Cap Season

23:54 06 December in News Updates by Larrabee

Today U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it has completed a successful pilot testing phase of its new electronic registration process for the H-1B cap lottery process.   As a result, it will implement the new process for the Fiscal Year 2021 Cap Season, commencing in March 2020. Historically, we would recommend initiation of H-1B cap subject cases in January in order to ensure filing of the petition within the first week of April.  This would in turn ensure the H-1B petition would be considered in the lottery, as demand for H-1B visas has historically exceeded the statutorily available supply.  ...

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

22:39 11 November in News Updates by 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) and I-140 (Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker) petitions are eligible.  A full list is available on the USCIS website. How does premium processing work? If a petitioner submits a premium processing request, together with the requisite filing fee, USCIS will guarantee a response within 15 days of receipt of the request.  The response may be an approval,...

LAC has again received recognition by US News and World Report and Best Lawyers.

22:28 06 November in News Updates by Larrabee

In 2020, LAC is again ranked as Metropolitan Tier 1 in San Diego for Immigration Law. National and metropolitan tier 1 rankings will be featured in the physical edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”, which will be distributed to more than 30,000 in-house counsel. The 2020 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting https://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/. For more info: https://www.bestlawyers.com/Content/Downloads/PressReleases/U.S.-News-Best-Lawyers-2020-Best-Law-Firms.pdf <-- Back to News Updates...