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Temporary Worker Visa Update: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Cap-Subject H-1B Visas

Posted in H-1B, Immigration
On Monday, September 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a news release announcing an immediate resumption of Premium Processing for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the fiscal year 2018 cap. As summarized previously by HR Legalist, the H-1B status allows U.S. employers to hire foreign workers in “specialty occupations” where a… Continue Reading

Immigration Visa Update: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Cap-Exempt H-1B Visas

Posted in Government, H-1B, Hiring, Immigration
In a July 24, 2017 news release, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced an immediate resumption of Premium Processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B (Temporary Worker) Visa petitioners, including: institutions of higher education; nonprofits related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education; or nonprofit research or governmental research organizations. Premium Processing will also… Continue Reading

U.S. Government Expands Job Opportunities for Foreign STEM Students

Posted in H-1B, Immigration
As HR Legalist has reported, the H-1B Cap has been met for FY2017.  USCIS received over 236,000 petitions.   From among this number were selected the congressionally mandated limit of 65,000 regular cap H-1B petitions, and an additional 20,000 for those with Master’s degrees.  For  F-1 student applicants who were unsuccessful in this year’s H-1B Cap… Continue Reading

Employment Authorization Soon to Extend to Certain Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders

Posted in H-1B, Immigration
As our readers are no doubt familiar, there has been much wrangling over the ruling of a federal judge in Texas who imposed an injunction on President Obama’s plan to expand employment authorization to an additional 300,000 people who entered the United States as minor children, the so-called DREAMers.   HRLegalist previously reported that the U.S.… Continue Reading

The 2015 STAPLE Act: Will Relief Finally Come for U.S. Employers in Need of Foreign Talent?

Posted in H-1B, Immigration
USCIS announced May 4, 2015, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in its computer-generated lottery. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected.  USCIS received almost 233,000 H1B petitions; however, only 65,000 H-1B visas are available with an additional 20,000 for… Continue Reading