Employment-Based Immigration Category

USCIS temporarily suspend H1b premium processing to process H4 EADs

USCIS announced last week that it will temporarily suspend premium processing for H1b petitions as they need give additional attention to the processing of H4 employment authorization document.  Below is a copy of the text from USCIS:   copy text from USCIS This is an update to the alert that we issued on Tuesday, May […]

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USCIS released guidance on when to file amended H1bs if employee will change work site.

Yesterday, USCIS issued guidance clarifying when an amended H1b is necessary if your employee moves from one work location to another.  Here is a link.  Copy of the information is posted below for convenience.  USCIS Guidance on When to File an Amended H-1B Petition after the Simeio Solutions Decision On April 9, 2015, USCIS’ Administrative […]

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June 2015 visa bulletin commentary

The June 2015 visa bulletin was released this week. Here is our commentary. For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2A category advances 31 days to priority date at 1 October 2013, no movement in F2B preference with PD at 15 September 2008; F4 category advanced 28 days to PD at 8 September 2002; EB2 is […]

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In Depth High-Tech Immigration Report in Puget Sound Business Journal

The Puget Business Journal has gone to great efforts to provide in-depth reports and stories on the need for high-skilled immigration reform.  The stories are poignant and provide great insight on why immigration reform is essential for economic growth.  Thank you to the PSBJ and report Emily Parkhurst for caring about issues that are important […]

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USCIS ready to return ‘unlucky in the lottery’ H1b files

Today USCIS made the below announcement.  My guess is that mid-late June is tentative time frame for receiving your H1b petition that didn’t get selected.  I do hope that many of you were lucky this year. But if not, start finding your backup plan until you can file next fiscal year.   USCIS Completes Data […]

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USCIS received 233,000 H1b visa petitions

Today, USCIS announced that they received 233,000 petitions for fiscal year 2016.  The random selection process will begin soon.  See below copy of USCIS notice. If you have filed a petition, we wish you all the best in ‘winning the lottery’!   U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7, 2015 that it […]

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Tahmina in the news

Here are a couple of articles in which Tahmina’s insight was sought: H1b Visas: India Abroad –March 27 edition page A19 H-4 Visa: The Seattle Times (front page news) April 8, 2015. We hope you will enjoy these articles and please feel free to share your thoughts.

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USCIS Reaches H1b Cap

The USCIS today stated that the agency has received more applications than the quota.  This is certainly not a surprise. Below is a copy of the text from the website.  Good luck to everyone who applied this year. __________ USCIS Reaches FY 2016 H-1B Cap Release Date: April 07, 2015 WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and […]

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CU Boulder Introduces Entrepreneur Program!

After several years of pushing for legislative reform, some startup/investor leaders have turned to alternative methods of fixing the startup visa problem. The Massachusetts Global Entrepreneurship in Residence (GEIR) program was the result. Today, the second state following the Massachusetts model will launch-  Colorado’s CU Boulder.  The University of Colorado Boulder’s Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, […]

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USCIS Issues New L1B Policy Memo

L1B- Intra company transfer of specialized knowledge employees are cases that have seen disproportionate scrutiny and denials in the past few years.  Yesterday, President Obama announced at the SelectUSA summit in Washington DC that a new L1B memo was imminent.  Today USCIS issued the policy memo.  There will be a comment period until May 2015. […]

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