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New Decision by Attorney General Barr Means More Asylum Seekers Are Ineligible for Bond

Last week, Attorney General William Barr issued a decision in Matter of M-S-, substantially increasing the number of asylum seekers who are not eligible for release on bond while waiting for their asylum cases to be decided in immigration court. When an asylum seeker presents at a port of entry or crosses the border between…
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USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2020

As of April 10th, USCIS has hit its cap of 65,000 applications for the H-1B random selection process, as well as its cap of 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemptions (also known as the ‘master’s cap’) for Fiscal Year 2020. USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions filed to: Extend the amount of…
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USCIS Launches H1-B Employer Public Database

On Monday, April 1st, USCIS launched its H1-B Employer Data Hub: a searchable database of H1-B employer information. Anyone can search the database by year, employer, location and/or NAICS code to see statistics on H1-B employment from as early as FY 2009. In addition, users can sort the data by Initial Approval, Initial Denial, Continuing…
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What Employers Need To Know About The H-1B Public Access File

Among petition forms, supporting documents and filing fees, the H-1B visa petition must also include a certified Labor Condition Attestation (LCA) to be considered complete. In general, the LCA must be filed through an electronic portal within the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for certification before the H-1B visa petition can be filed with the…
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What To Consider When Applying For An H-1B Visa In 2019

As with several other visas, H-1B visa approvals have declined under the Trump administration. According to data released by USCIS, approval ratings for the tech employment-based visa fell to 75% in the last three months of 2018 – a 12% decrease from the same time in 2017. According to Recode, the H-1B application process has…
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