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Still More H-1B Scrutiny- Work Site Visits

The administration’s continued scrutiny of H-1B professional workers became even more intense last week when U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) released a report that called for increased targeted site improvements for H-1B workers as a means to improve the “Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program.” This comes on the heels of the massive number of Request for Evidence (RFE) letters that challenged employers to document the Level 1 wage requested in many H-1B applications...

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Immigration Alert: FY2019 Diversity Visa Lottery Now Open

The U.S. Department of State will accept applications online for the FY2019 diversity lottery between 12 noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4) on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, and 12 noon Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5) on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, permits up to 50,000 immigrant visas for nationals form certain designated countries which are determined to be “under subscribed” for the preceding year. In order to enter the diversity visa lottery, an individual...

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DREAMERS HELD HOSTAGE

No one should have been surprised when the Trump administration announced that it would require massive new immigration restrictions in exchange for agreeing to extend benefits for 800,000 Dreamers. Most expected that the price for the Dreamers would be paid for in a wall along the southern border, but many hoped the pay-off would stop there. It has not. Instead, the administration is pushing its entire anti-immigrant agenda, pitting the Dreamers against virtually every other...

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Immigration Alert: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has resumed Premium Processing today for all H-1B petitions. The Premium Processing was suspended for all H-1B petitions on April 3, 2017. Employers can now request Premium Processing for new and pending H-1B petitions by Filing Form I-907 and submitting the $1,225 filing fee. USCIS must respond within a fifteen (15) calendar day period with either an adjudication or Request for Further Evidence, or will refund the fee.

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TPS Ends for Nicaraguans; Extended 6 months for Hondurans; Salvadoran, Hattians in Doubt

The Trump Administration announced yesterday it was ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 5,300 Nicaraguans who have untilJanuary 5, 2019 to leave the country, obtain alternative legal status or become undocumented. TPS was automatically extended 6 months, through July 5, 2018, for 86,000 Hondurans when Acting Secretary Elaine Duke was unable to make a decisionregarding living conditions in Honduras following the 1999 hurricane. By far the largest number of TPS recipients, 212,000, are from El...

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