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

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a final rule that revises regulations governing the selection of H‑1B petitions filed under the H‑1B cap. This new electronic, pre-registration process will be suspended for the FY2020 H‑1B cap filing season, which is April 1, 2019. The final rule becomes effective on April 1, 2019, but will READ MORE

Resumption of Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Cases

USCIS announced that it will resume premium processing on Monday, January 28, 2019, for all FY2019 H‑1B cap petitions, including those filed under the master’s cap. However, the temporary suspension of premium processing remains in effect for all other categories of H‑1B petitions to which it applied. Pending H-1B cap cases, especially those with outstanding READ MORE

January 2019 Immigrant Visa Number Predictions for Green Card Status

Department of State’s Charlie Oppenheim has provided predictions for movements of visa numbers in the February 2019 Visa Bulletin. The next projections will most likely be published in the July 2019 Visa Bulletin. The following are the projections for the family-based and employment-based preference filings. Family-Based Worldwide Categories (except oversubscribed countries): FB-1: Up to 5 READ MORE

USCIS Announces Adjustment of Status Filing Dates for February 2019

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the filing dates for applicants for adjustment of status to legal permanent residency for February 2019. Applicants of family-based cases (beneficiaries of the approved Form I-130 immigrant visa petition) should refer to the “Dates for Filing” chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for February 2019. READ MORE

February 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) posted the February 2019 Visa Bulletin, 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 the READ MORE

Weighing the Risks and Benefits of a DACA Application

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) currently provides protection against deportation and the benefit of employment authorization for certain individuals who entered the US as children. However, there are risks in filing, either as a renewal or initial application, since DACA’s status is uncertain.  There are pending lawsuits challenging the Trump Administration’s announcement that it READ MORE