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USCIS To Resume Premium Processing For All H-1B Petitions

Starting Tuesday, March 12th, USCIS will resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions. The service expedites processing for certain employment-based petitions and applications, guaranteeing a 15-calendar day processing time for any petitioner who uses it. If you received notification that your H-1B petition was transferred to a different facility, you must file your premium processing…
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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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Showing Proof Of Domicile On The I-864 Affidavit Of Support

All family-based I-130 immigrant visa petitions and some I-140 employment-based immigrant visa petitions must include a fully executed I-864 Affidavit Of Support as a legally-enforceable contract ensuring financial support for the intending immigrant and dependents, if any. The petitioner (the individual filing the immigrant visa petition) must sign and document the I-864. An important part…
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New Form I-539 – Important Dates

Early on Friday, March 8th, 2019, U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will post a new Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status and a new Form I-539A, Supplemental Information for Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status on their website at www.uscis.gov/i-539. On Monday, March 11th, 2019, USCIS will begin accepting the new Form I-539,…
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