January 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) posted the Visa Bulletin for January 2019, which provides the visa number availability for family-sponsored and employment-sponsored preference categories, as well as for the diversity visa lottery cut-offs. Applicants for immigrant visas (and adjustment of status to legal permanent residency) who have a priority date (place in line) earlier than READ MORE

DHS Proposes H-1B Pre-Registration Rule for the H-B Cap

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require H-1B petitioners filing H-1B cap subject petitions to file electronically with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during a registration period. This registration process will cover H-1B beneficiaries who may be counted under section 214(g)(1)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality READ MORE

International Travel for F-1 Students on OPT with Pending H-1B Cap Cases

Are you an F-1 student on optional practical training (OPT) with the employment authorization document (EAD) who would like to travel abroad during a pending H-1B cap case? Then it is very important that you be aware of how such travel could affect your H-1B petition, since international travel could result in a denial of READ MORE

USCIS Clarifies the L-1 Intracompany One-Year Foreign Employment Requirement

USCIS published a policy memorandum clarifying the requirement for L-1 intracompany status that the qualifying organization employ the beneficiary abroad for at least one year continuously within the past three years of the L-1 petition filing, as opposed to when the L-1 beneficiary is admitted into the US. L-1 visas are available to persons who READ MORE