CLIENT ALERT: DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANNOUNCES PLANS TO CHANGE THE H-1B VISA LOTTERY TO A SALARY RANKING SYSTEM

November 9, 2020 The Department of Homeland Security released yet another proposal to modify the H-1B program under the guise of curbing the rising unemployment rate amid the COVID-19 pandemic. On November 2, 2020 the DHS released its proposed rule to amend regulations for filing H-1B cap-subject petitions from random lottery selection to a wage-level-based …

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CLIENT ALERT: DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO H-1B PROGRAM EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 7, 2020

October 8, 2020 In response to President Trump’s directive E.O 13788, to “Buy American, Hire American” and the recent economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 health emergency, on October 6, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released an Interim Final Rule (IFR) titled “Strengthening the H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa Classification Program.” The new rule will …

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CLIENT ALERT: DEPARTMENT OF LABOR SETS NEW PREVAILING WAGE LEVELS FOR H-1B, H-1B1 and E3 Permanent Labor Certifications and LCAs

October 8, 2020  On October 6, 2020, in a document titled “Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States” the Department of Labor (the Department) announced its plans to amend the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) regulations governing the prevailing wages for H-1B, H-1B1 and E3 visas, specifically …

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CLIENT UPDATE: President Trump’s Work Visa Ban Partially Suspended by Federal Judge

October 2, 2020 Dear Valued Clients: In June,  President Trump signed a proclamation suspending H-1B, H-2B, J and L visas effective until December 31, 2020, under the guise of curbing the rising unemployment rate amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A California federal judge in San Francisco has blocked the ban—but not its entirety. The block does …

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CLIENT ALERT: LOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING – WHY THE UPDATED OCTOBER 2020 VISA BULLETIN PRIORITY DATES MAY NOT BE AS GOOD AS THEY APPEAR

September 28, 2020 Dear Valued Clients:   Last week, the long-awaited October Visa Bulletin was released showing significant forward movement. Notably, the EB-3 “All Chargeability” category will become current for both Chart A, “Final Action Dates” and Chart B “Dates for Filing”. Additionally, EB-1, EB-2, preference categories for those born in India advanced significantly by at least 2 years under Chart B. The EB-3 preference category advances …

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ClIENT ALERT: THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE ANNOUNCES NEW EXEMPTIONS TO TRUMP’S RECENT WORK VISA BAN

August 17, 2020 Dear Valued Clients: On June 24, 2020 President Trump signed a proclamation suspending H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 work visas and any spouses or children of covered applicants applying for H-4, L-2 and J-2 visas effective immediately until December 31, 2020.  Yesterday, the Department of State (DOS) updated guidance on the proclamation, …

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Potential Use of a Writ of Mandamus for Form I-526, I-829 or I-924

August 6, 2020 Dear Valued Clients, On July 22, 2020 United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”) posted its performance data on all USCIS Petitions and Applications for Quarter 2 of  Fiscal Year 2020. The data reveals that USCIS received only 21 Form I-526 petitions, approved 714 cases, and denied 190 cases between January 2020 …

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CIENT ALERT: USCIS AND DOL TEAM UP IN H-1B AND E-3 ENFORCEMENT

August 7, 2020 Dear Valued Clients: On July 31, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Services (USCIS) announced that they entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Labor (DOL) to provide access and share information about immigrant and nonimmigrant petition records and data within the Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s labor …

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Client Alert: President Trump Rescinds Rule Regarding International Students and Online Learning

July 15, 2020 Dear Valued Clients: On July 6, 2020, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), which operates under Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), announced its plans to prohibit nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online from remaining in the United States and to halt U.S. Visas issued to students enrolled …

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Client Alert: International Students and Schools Accepting International Students

Modifications to Temporary Exemptions for Non-immigrant Students Taking Online Courses During Fall 2020 Semester On July 6, 2020, The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced modifications Monday to temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online classes due to the pandemic for the fall 2020 semester. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security plans to publish …

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