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The People Strike Back: USCIS Sued Over “Extraordinary Processing Delays” for H-4 / 
L-2 Extensions and EADs

Frustrated by lengthy delays that can run for 18 months or more, on March 22, 2021 the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) filed a class action lawsuit against the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) to force the government agency

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DOL Further Delays Implementation of Prevailing Wage Rules Impacting Immigration

In the last days of the Trump administration, the US Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule entitled “Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States,” scheduling the rule to take

Posted in Immigration Law

Post-H-1B Lottery Webinar: Tuesday, May 4

Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 Please join us for a webinar to discuss the post H-1B cap lottery landscape and the impact of the latest immigration policy developments on your workers and your business. Time: 11:00 a.m. for approximately 1

Posted in Immigration Law

H-1B Visa Lottery

Each year, approximately 85,000 new H-1B visas become available to US employers seeking to sponsor foreign national workers in “specialty occupation” positions across all industries. These new H-1B visas go into effect annually at the start of the federal government’s

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Travel and Visa Application Bans and the Current State of National Interest Exception Waivers

Beginning in February of 2020, then President Trump, issued several Proclamations that banned foreign nationals from entering the United States from certain countries with high rates of COVID-19 (the “Travel Ban”) unless they quarantined in a third country not subject

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Immigrant Visa Ban Revoked

On February 24th, President Biden revoked Presidential Proclamation 10014, which suspended the entry of Immigrants and, by extension, the issuance of Immigrant Visas at US Consulates and Embassies worldwide. By Proclamation, President Biden confirmed that the prolonged suspension of immigration

Posted in Immigration Law

Immigration Quick Takes – March 2021

> USCIS Reverts to Naturalization Civics Test Used Since 2008 Immigration law requires that most foreign nationals seeking to naturalize as U.S. citizens demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the history, and of the principles and form of government, of

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Post-H-1B Webinar — Save the Date

Join us for a post-H-1B lottery webinar on hot topics in business immigration on Tuesday, May 4. We will cover the ongoing immigration policy changes impacting your workers and your business and help you plan for your workforce’s upcoming needs.

Posted in Immigration Law

New Regulation Replaces H-1B Cap Lottery Process with Selection Process Based on Wage Level

By Immigration Attorneys Donald Parker and Victoria Morte In 2020, the USCIS revised the lottery process, conducting the H-1B Lottery through an online registration system.  Sponsoring employers registered foreign nationals for the lottery online in the first three weeks of

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USCIS Implements Benefit Request Changes and New Fee Schedule Effective October 2, 2020

By Victoria Morte, Immigration Attorney The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced changes to certain U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) benefit request processing and fees, taking effect for applications and petitions postmarked on or after October 2,

Posted in Immigration Law

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