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Immigration Quick Takes — January 2023

USCIS Expands Premium Processing to Multinational Manager and NIW Categories For years, immigrant visa petitions in the EB-1C Multinational Executive/Manager and EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW) categories have been subject to long processing times, ranging from 1 year to more

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Developing an Immigration Sponsorship Policy — Updated Considerations for Current Conditions

One of the most popular articles on our website has just been updated by Immigration Attorneys John Gallini and Victoria Morte. In Managing Immigration Sponsorship: A Flexible Policy Is the Wisest Strategy, John and Vicki lay out key considerations in

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How to Handle Layoffs Involving Nonimmigrant Visa Employees

Employers and nonimmigrant visa employees working at a company facing layoffs must be aware of applicable rules and available visa options in the event that employment ends. Immigration Attorney Shelley Starzyk provides a quick rundown of what to do in

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H-1B Visa Lottery: What You Should Know

Each year, USCIS runs a lottery to allocate 85,000 new H-1B visas to U.S. employers seeking to sponsor foreign national workers in “specialty occupation” positions across all industries. Attorney Donald Parker has written a new article on our website that

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Immigration Quick Takes — December 2022

DOL Processing Times The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published updated processing times as of October 31, 2022, confirming that the Department continues to face internal staffing shortages and high demand. As a result, we have continued to see

Posted in Immigration Law

Immigration Quick Takes — November 2022

Flexibility Extended for Deadlines for Responses to Requests for Evidence and Other Agency Requests  USCIS has extended flexibility to respond to Agency requests received through January 24, 2023. Initially adopted in March of 2019 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,

Posted in Immigration Law

USCIS and I-9 Form COVID-19 Flexibilities Roundup

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) continue to extend flexibilities for immigration benefits and compliance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a list of COVID-19 flexibilities currently in place as of October

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November 2022 Visa Bulletin & Immigrant Visa Availability

Fiscal Year 2023 began on October 1, 2022 with approximately 60,000 unused family-based visas from FY 2022 rolling over into the FY 2023 employment-based allocation. With these additional visas, in total, there are approximately 200,000 immigrant visas available to employment-based

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The 2023 H-1B Cap Lottery Process Kicks-Off on March 1, 2022

Each year, 85,000 new H-1B visas become available to U.S. employers seeking to sponsor foreign national workers in “specialty occupation” positions across all industries. These 85,000 new H-1B visas are available in three distinct tranches: 58,200 visas are available under

Posted in Immigration Law

Immigration Quick Takes – February 2022

New Immigration Policy Impacting Sponsorship in STEM Fields In line with the Biden Administration’s commitment to remove barriers to legal immigration and promote economic growth, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is taking action to improve immigration pathways for

Posted in Immigration Law

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