Over 2.3 Million Applications In Limbo As USCIS Reaches “Crisis-Level” Delays

Despite the Trump administration’s failure to secure funding for a United States border wall, an “invisible wall” of new USCIS policies has resulted in unprecedented delays for those seeking legal immigration to the country. On January 30th, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) reported that the USCIS “net backlog” had bloated …

Chinese H and L Visa Applicants Must go to U.S. Embassy and Consulates

H and L visa applicants in China must now go to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the U.S. Consulates in Guangzhou and Shanghai: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/cn/cn-niv-typework.asp#WhentoApply” The United States Embassy in Beijing and Consulates General in Mission China would like to take this opportunity to advise the American Immigration Lawyers Association that …

Major Changes to the H-1B Lottery

Major Changes to the H-1B Lottery “Buy American, Hire American.” These words have directly affected the volatile state of U.S. immigration policy since President Donald Trump signed this executive order on April 18, 2017, leading to a temporary suspension (until February) for the premium processing of H-1B petitions and increasing the …

Premium Processing to Resume for H-1B CAP Petitions

Announcement from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website: Premium Processing to Resume for H-1B CAP Petitions USCIS will resume premium processing on Monday, Jan. 28, for all fiscal year (FY) 2019 H-1B cap petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption (the “master’s cap”). Petitioners who have received …

Major Amendments Proposed for H-1B CAP Process

Major Amendments Proposed for H-1B CAP Process By Lisa Scott The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today  proposed amendments to the H-1B visa petition process that would severely affect the ability of U.S. employers to file H-1B visa petitions in what has become known as the “annual H-1B visa lottery.” …