Department of Homeland Security proposes to increase several USCIS filing fees
May 4, 2016, 9:00 AM
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking to raise the filing fee amounts of many applications and petitions for immigration benefits. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), it is necessary to raise USCIS filing fees given that the actual cost of the services provided…
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Number of cap-subject H-1B petitions filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services hit a historic high in 2016
Apr 14, 2016, 9:00 AM
On April 12, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that during the five day long filing period it received a record number of cap-subject H-1B petitions – over 236,000 – for the federal fiscal year of 2017. As Congress limited the number of H-1B visas available for foreign…
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Expired Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9) remains effective
Apr 3, 2016, 9:00 AM
As of April 1, 2016, the current version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification expired. Specifically, the form’s OMB control number (1615-0047) expired on March 31, 2016.
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Department of Labor delays in processing Labor Condition Application (LCA) Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) verifications
Mar 28, 2016, 9:00 AM
As we are nearing the April 1, 2016 filing deadline for the H-1B petitions that are subject to the FY 2017 cap, the verification process of Federal Employer Identification Numbers (FEIN) reportedly takes longer than usual for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification.
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Optional Practical Training (OPT) for STEM students extended from 17 months to 24 months
Mar 23, 2016, 9:00 AM
The Department of Homeland Security published a final rule allowing certain F-1 students who receive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees
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Employers Requiring Foreign Specialty Workers Should Act Now
Jan 3, 2016, 9:00 AM
Employers planning to hire a foreign worker in a specialty occupation should start the process now in order to ensure that they are ready to file an H-1B petition on April 1, 2016. Beginning on that date, employers may file petitions for new H-1B workers for the next federal fiscal year that starts…
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