On August 12, 2015, U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvvelleon (D.C.) stated that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule that allows certain F-1 students with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to complete an additional 17 months of Optimal Practical Training (OPT) is deficient because it wasn’t subjected to … Continue reading
The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has published answers to frequently asked questions involving Secretary Napolitano’s announcement regarding the deportation of illegal immigrant youth under the age of 30. Please see the ICE website for more information.
Below is a sample work itinerary for an employee working at a secondary job location. Itineraries of service such as the one below help demonstrate to USCIS that the petitioning company retains control of the employee, even when (s)he works on assignment with another company. The format below has not … Continue reading
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Tuesday afternoon that the FY2013 H-1B Cap Season has officially closed. USCIS stated that all cap subject petitions received after the close of business Monday, June 11, will be denied. USCIS received a sufficient number of petitions to fill the 65,000 visa … Continue reading
Below is a sample status report for an IT consulting company. Regular status reports from employees provide good evidence that a petitioning company maintains control of an employee. USCIS likes to see reports like the one below because they help to demonstrate that an employer-employee relationship exists. The format below … Continue reading
The American Immigration Lawyers Association announced Thursday that, according to their projections, the fiscal year 2013 cap season will likely close by early next week. AILA estimates that the rate of submission so far this season has held at around 1,800 cap-subject petitions submitted each day. As previously reported, USCIS’ … Continue reading
USCIS released its most recent tally of receipted H-1B petitions Monday. As of June 1, USCIS had received 55,600 cap subject petitions and 18,700 petitions qualifying for the Masters exemption. For more information, please see the USCIS website.
As of May 25, 2012, USCIS reported having received 48,400 cap eligible H-1B petitions, as well as 17,500 Masters degree exemption eligible petitions for the fiscal year 2013. USCIS will continue to accept such petitions until the cap is reached (65,000 H-1B cap and 20,000 Masters exemption). For more information, … Continue reading
USCIS has released a statement acknowledging prolonged wait times for H-1B receipts. ”Due to the high number of I-129 petitions filed with USCIS recently, customers will experience a longer than usual period of time to receive their receipt notice from USCIS,” an official told the American Immigration Lawyers Association. USCIS expects … Continue reading
USCIS has updated the count of cap eligible petitions for H-1B visas in the 2013 fiscal year. As of May 18, 2012, USCIS had received 42,000 out of 65,000 cap eligible petitions. USCIS also reported that it had received 16,000 petitions eligible for the Master’s cap exemption of 20,000 visas. … Continue reading