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07/16/2018: SEVT Proposes to Raise Service Fees for F, J, M Nonimmigrants

07/15/2018: EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Modernization Rule Likely Finalized and Implemented Soon

07/13/2018: USCIS Issued on 07/13/2018 Policy Memorandum Rescinding Current “RFE and NOID” (2013 PM) Requirement Policy, Expanding Adjudicating Official's Expanded Discretion to Deny Without Issuing RFE or NOID

07/13/2018: DOL PERM, H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, and Prevailing Wage Disclosure Data Ending 06/30/2018 for Each Specific Application

07/13/2018: H-1B LCA Processing Statistics as of June 30, 2018

07/13/2018: H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Labor Certification Program Processing Statistics as of June 30, 2018

07/13/2018: H-2A Temporary Agricultural Labor Certification Program Processing Statistics as of June 30, 2018

07/13/2018: PERM & Other Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Statistics as of June 30, 2018

07/13/2018: OFLC Releases on 07/13/2018 PERM Processing Statistics as of June 30, 2018

07/13/2018: August Visa Bulletin

07/12/2018: Visa Posts Prudential Revocation of Visas for Arrest for DUI and Domestic Violence and its Reported Impact on USCIS Denial of Immigration Benefits

07/12/2018: Effective 07/09/2018, U.S. Visa Sactions Against Certain Officials of Burma and Laos

07/10/2018: USCIS to Complete Mailing Out Receipt Notices for H-1B Cap Selected Cases or Returning Packages for Unselected Cap Cases by 07/22/2018

07/08/2018: Immigration Courts Are Rolling out an Electronic Filing Pilot Program Starting July 16, 2018

07/07/2018: USCIS Significant Policy Change for Issuance of "Notice To Appear" for DHS Enforcement Actions

07/06/2018: USCIS Service Tools Outage, Sunday, July 8, 2018, from 5 a.m. until 6 p.m. (EST).

07/05/2018: DHS Extends Yemen TPS for 18 Months through 03/03/2020

07/05/2018: Final Rule of Elimination of Nonimmigrant Visa Exemption for Certain Caribbean Residents Coming to the United States as H-2A Agricultural Workers Effective 30 Days from 07/06/2018

07/05/2018: OFLC PERM PWD and PERM Processing Times as of 06/30/2018

07/03/2018: Attorney General Jeff Sessions Today Rescinds 24 Guidance Documents

07/03/2018: DHS Implements Northern Border Strategy Since June 12, 2018

07/03/2018: DOL New SOC/OES Prevailing Wage Data Effective 07/01/2018 and Ending 06/30/2019 Released and Implemented

07/03/2018: State Department Proposes to Require Filing of DS-64 "Statement Regarding a Lost or Stolen U.S. Passport Book and/or Card"

07/03/2018: DHS Proposes Removal of 30-Day Processing Provision for Asylum EAD Applications

06/30/2018: DHS Secretary Announces 06/30/2018 New Acting Director of ICE Effective 06/30/2018

06/29/2018: Increased IMG H-1B Petition Scrutiny, its Impact on Country's Medical Services, and Stateholder Medical Service Community Demanded USCIS to Change the Practice, with No Avail

06/29/2018: Reminder of NVC Requirement of Filing of EB-5 Investment Immigrant Petitions by "Electronicall Only"

06/29/2018: OFLC Notice of its New Practice of Assignment and Processing of H-2B ETA-9142B Applications Which are Filed on or after 07/03/2018

06/28/2018: Weekend Reading Material - Immigration Reform Bill Melldown on 06/27/2018 and Drama Behind the Scene

06/28/2018: DHS Ombudsman Annual Report to Congress for 2018

06/27/2018: Quo Vadis for the House, Post Death of H.R. 4760 Conservative Immigration Bill and H.R. 6136 Compromise Immigration Bill?

06/27/2018: Bomb Shell from the Sky - Justice Anthony Kennedy (middle of the ground) of SCOTUS Retirement Announcement

06/27/2018: Ombudman's H-1B Cap Teleconference and Interesting Statistics Disclosed

 U.S. Master Degree Holders Non US Master or Bachelor Holders
 FY 2019 Lottery: 32,361 44,637
 FY 2018 Lottery: 30,541 63,512
 FY 2017 Lottery: 30,541 107,903
 FY 2016 Lottery: 17,171 116,802

06/27/2018: H.R. 6136 House Floor Debate Encountered First Hurdle

06/27/2018: USCIS Announcement of New Version Form I-907 Premium Processing Request Form

06/27/2018: Effective Tomorrow, Extension of Employment Authorization for Certain Nepali F-1 Students Through 06/24/2019

06/27/2018: New Rule, Effective of 08/09/2018, of Accrual of Unlawful Presence for F, J, and M Nonimmigrants and Reminder for STEM OPTs of Third Party Placement Bar of USCIS

06/27/2018: Today's House Floor Schedule for Legislative Session Including H.R. 6136 (Immigration Reform Bill)

06/26/2018: Summary of Updated H.R. 6136 by Bill Sponsor

06/26/2018: Latest News Indicates that Immigration Bill H.R. 6136 Will be Put on Vote Tomorrow, Instead of 06/28/2018

06/26/2018: USCIS Teleconference for Nepal TPS Re-Registration & EAD Application Procedures

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06/26/2018: USCIS Teleconference for Honduras' TPS Re-Registration &EAD Application Procedures

06/26/2018: SCOTUS Reversed and Remanded Lower Court's Decision for Trump v. Hawaii Travel Ban Lawsuit

06/25/2018: House Likely to Pick up Unfinished H.R. 6136 "Border Security and Immigration Reform Act"Again in the Afternoon of Thursday 06/28/2018

06/25/2018: The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) Expected to Release Decision on Trump v. Hawaii Travel Ban Appeal Tomorrow at the Earliest

06/23/2018: ECFMG Report Updates 06/22/2018 for International Medical Graduates

06/22/2018: iCERT and PERM Outages for System Maintenance

06/21/2018: House Votes on Two Immigration Reform Bills

06/21/2018: SAVE Jobs USA Submitted the Same Court's Recent Decision on STEM OPT Litigation by Washington Technology Workers as Reference to SAVE Jobs Standing for the Lawsuit in H-4 EAD Lawsuit

06/21/2018: White House Releases its "Blueprint" for 21st Century Government Reform

06/21/2018: CIS Ombudsman Schedules Webinar on H-1B Lottery Process 06/27/2018 2:00 PM (EST)

06/21/2018: OFLC Releases Webinar of 06/13/2018 on PERM Appeals Submission and Practice Tips

06/21/2018: Beginning Today, USCIS to Recall 800 Incorrectly Printed EAD (Employment Authorization Documents) in I-589 Asylum/Withholding of Removal Proceedings

06/21/2018: SCOTUS Handed Down a Very Important Decision Today Concerning Cancellation of Removal on 10-Year Continuous Physical Presence in the United States

06/21/2018: ICE SEVT Webinar and Reminder for School Record Keeping Requirements & Students Reporting Requirement

06/21/2018: House Floor Schedule for GOP Immigration Reform Bills Today

06/20/2018: Presidential Executive Order of 06/20/2018 Not to Separate Children from Arrested Undocumented Immigrants

06/20/2018: Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018, H.R. 6136, Introduced in the House Yesterday, 06/19/2018

06/20/2018: Foreign Labor Certification iCERT and PERM Sites Outage Notice

06/19/2018: July 2018 I-485 Filing Charts per Visa Bulletin

06/19/2018: Stay Tuned to This Website for House Legislation of Immigration Reform Bills This Week Beginning from Today

06/18/2018: USCIS Director Remarks of May 4, 2018 Before US Chamber of Commerce, Labor Relations Committee on Employment-Based Nonimmigration Visa Program Reform per Presidential Order of Buy American, Hire American

06/18/2018: Canadian Immigration Reform to Compete and Attract More Foreign Talents

06/18/2018: Approaching Expiration of July 2017-June 2018 SOC Prevailing Wage Data at the End of June 30, 2018

06/18/2018: Reminder of USCIS Alert on Extension of OPT and F-1 Status for Eligible Students under the H-1B Cap-Gap Regulations

06/17/2018: List of New Editions of Immigration Forms Mandatory in July 2018

06/17/2018: Count of Approved I-140, I-360, and I-526 Employment-Based Petitions by Country as of April 20, 2018 with Priority Date On or After May 2018 Visa Bulletin

06/17/2018: I-907 Premium Processing Form New Edition Effective Monday, 06/18/2018

06/15/2018: House Released Compromised Immigration Bill 06/14/2018 for Discussion

06/15/2018: International Medical Graduates, ECFMG Just Released June 14, 2018 Report

06/15/2018: State Department Prediction of Visa Bulletin for Employment Based Categories, Post July 2018 Visa Bulletin

06/15/2018: July 2018 Visa Bulletin

06/13/2018: Increased RFE & Denial of H-1Bs and American Immigration Council Just Filed a FOIA Lawsuit Demanding to Release Undisclosed New Standards for RFE & Denials

06/13/2018: House Reportedly Will Vote on Immigration Reform Bills Next Week

06/13/2018: USCIS Notice of Form I-751 Data Entry Delay at California Service Center

06/13/2018: Receipt Notices of I-751 & I-829 as Proof for Permanent Resident Status for 18 Months After the Card Expired Effective 06/11/2018

06/11/2018: Big Thumbs Up for California Service Center Officials

06/11/2018: Legal Challenge Against USCIS Policy Prohibiting 3rd Party Placement of STEM OPT in Federal Court

06/11/2018: USCIS Start Accepting Premium Processing Service Request for 15,000 H-2B Cap Cases Which Have Been Selected in Lottery Selection on 06/07/2018

06/08/2018: STEM OPT Lawsuit: U.S. Court of Appeals Handed Down Decision Today Mostly Sustaining Lower Court Decision, Except Count II Claim

06/07/2018: USCIS to Revise I-539 Form to Incorporate Local Biometric and Interview Procedure and Requirement for Some Selected Nonimmigrants

06/07/2018: New Version of G-325A Form of Biographic Information for Deferred Action Mandatory Effective Monday, 06/11/2018

06/06/2018: USCIS Selects 15,000 Addtional H-2B Cap Petitions by Computer Random Selection Which are Received between 05/31/2018 and 06/06/2018

06/05/2018: Hondurans, Here is USCIS Announcement Today on TPS Re-Registration Details

06/04/2018: Effective 06/01/2018, SAVE Goes Completely Paperless

06/04/2018: USCIS Began Issuing Redesigned Certificates of Citizenship and Naturalization Today

06/04/2018: Another Forthcoming Big Immigration Reform, Related to November 2018 Mid-Term National Election

06/04/2018: Trump Administration to Reform Shortly H-2A Agricultural Temporary Worker Application Program

06/04/2018: Surge of H-2B Non-Agricultural Temporary Worker Temporary Labor Applications and OFLC Announcement of H-2B Applications Processing

06/04/2018: Honduras TPS Program Termination and Re-Registration Procedure for Temporary TPS Extention for 60 Day Beginning from 06/05/2018

06/01/2018: OFLC Releases Official PERM PWD and PERM Processing Times as of 05/31/2018

05/31/2018: DHS Report of 05/22/2018 with the Court on Progress of H-4 EAD Removal Rule-Making Process Pursuant to the Court Order

"The proposed rule is currently in final DHS clearance. Once it is cleared
through DHS, it will be sent to the Office of Management and Budget for review
under Executive Order 12,866, Regulatory and Planning Review. As previously
represented to the Court, DHS’s intends to proceed with publication of an NPRM
concerning the H-4 visa rule at issue in this case remains unchanged."

05/31/2018: Watch for Upcoming Immigration Reform Legislation Activities on the Hill Beginning from Next Month as Part of Midterm National Election Strategy in November

05/31/2018: NAFSA Letter to USCIS Director on 05/25/2018 Raising Procedural Legal Issue of Releasing New Policy on its Website to Ban on Third-Party Placement of STEM OPTs

05/31/2018: Effective Today, H-2B I-129 Petition Filing Available for Additional 15,000 Numbers for FY 2018

05/30/2018: USCIS to Extend EVUS (Electronic Visa Update Systems) Requirement for Next Three Years for PRC Travlers in B-1, B-2, and B-1/B-2 Until 05/31/2021

05/28/2018: Reminder of New Versions of USCIS Forms as Mandatory New Forms in June 2018

Mandatory Date New Version Date Form Number
06/11/2018 03/29/2018 G-325A Form
06/18/2018 04/11/2018 I-907 Form
06/19/2018 04/12/2018 or 12/13/2016 I-360 Form
06/25/2018 04/11/2018 I-821 Form
I-907

(USCIS has been revising immigration forms a lot lately to implement the Trump Administration's new policy of security and integrity information collections from the forms. Effective mandatory date, these forms will be rejected unless the forms show new version date. If you use forms from sources other than USCIS website, please make it sure the forms you use are valid and not rejected)

05/25/2018: Advance Copy of Temporary Rule of USCIS, DHS, ETA, WHD on "Exercise of Time-Limited Authority to Increase the Fiscal Year 2018 Numerical Limitation
for the H-2B Temporary Nonagricultural Worker Program"

05/25/2018: DHS Announces Today, 05/25/2018, Additional 15,000 H-2B Cap Numbers Available for FY 2018

05/25/2018: Stay Tuned for USCIS Notice for Honduras TPS Re-Registration Pending Termination of TPS Program for Honduras on 01/05/2020

05/25/2018: Proposed Rule to Remove International Entrepreneur Parole (IE Parole) Program

05/24/2018: NAFSA Letter of 05/24/2018 to USCIS Director Against USCIS Policy Memorandum of 05/10/2018 “Accrual of Unlawful Presence and F, J, and M Nonimmigrants”

05/24/2018: State Department & AILA Liaison Meeting 04/12/2018 Updates Various Questions & Answers on Visa Processing Issues

05/23/2018: Alert: I-751 "Biometric Appointment Notices" of 05/04/2018 in Errors with Wrong ASCs at Wrong Locations

05/23/2018: USCIS Policy Alert of 05/23/2018 on CSPA Policy Manual Update

05/23/2018: Revised I-129CW Form for CNMI-Only Nonimmigrant Worker

05/23/2018: DOL Initiates Process of Revision of ETA 9035/ETA 9035E Forms Plus WH-4 Form for Enhanced Transparency and Tracking of Employer Records

05/21/2018: BIA Ruled Today "Engaging in" or "Agreeing or Offering" to Engage in Sexual Conduct for "Anything of Value" as Aggravated Felony

05/21/2018: Reportedly 130 House Bi-Partisan Members Demanded DHS Secretary in a Joint-Letter to Continue H-4 EAD Program

05/21/2018: Procedure for "Nepal" TPS Re-Registration for One Year Before Termination of TPS Effective 06/24/2019

05/18/2018: Alert for OPTs! "Transfering to Another School" or "Study at Another Ed Level" Automatically Terminates OPT & EAD!!

05/15/2018: USCIS Announces FY-2019 H-1B Cap Data Entry Completed and Started to Return Unselected Cases

05/14/2018: USCIS Recalling Approximately 8,543 Incorrectly Dated Green Cards

05/12/2018: USCIS & DOJ Formalize Partnership to Protect U.S. Workers from Discrimination and Combat Fraud

05/11/2018: Important USCIS Policy Memorandum of 05/10/2018 on "Accrual of Unlawful Presence" for F, J, and M Nonimmigrants

05/11/2018: Upcoming ICE F/M Student Pratical Training Reform Rule-Making Agenda for 2018 (Open with Chrome)

05/11/2018: USCIS "Upcoming" 2018 Rule-Making Agenda (Open with Chrome)

05/11/2018: USCIS June 2018 485 Filing Available Charts

Family-Based=Use Filing Date Charts
Employment-Based: Use Final Action Date Charts

05/11/2018: USCIS Plans to Remove Current Requirement of Decision of EAD Applications in 30 Days Filed by First Asylum Applicant

05/11/2018: Trump Administration Plans to Push Ahead H-1B Program Reform in General with Changes of Definitions of "Specialty" Occupation and "Employer-Employee" Relationship [Correction]

05/11/2018: Trump Administration Plans to Reform H-1B Cap Selection Rule Coming Years Selecting Based on the Most-Skilled or Highest-Paid Beneficiaries [Correction]

05/11/2018: DHS Plans to Abandon its Proposed Rule to Require Alien Biometric Data Upon Exit From the United States at Air and Sea Ports of Departure

05/11/2018: Effective Today, 05/11/2018, State Department Implements Revised "Passport" Rule

05/10/2018: Alert: Trump Administration to Expand Definition of "Public Charge" Grounds for Inadmissibility of Immigrants

05/10/2018: Bad News for Mexico Visa Bulletin Ahead and Negative Impact on Worldwide Category Ahead

05/10/2018: June 2018 Visa Bulletin Released

05/07/2018: Some I-601A Cases Processed by NSC and PSC, and NBC No Longer Processes I-601A Cases Hereon

05/07/2018: H-1B Regular Cap Receipt Notices in the Mail

05/07/2018: New Versions of Immigration Forms & Date of Mandatory to Use the New Versions

 Mandatory Date New Version Date Form Number
04/23/2018 11/01/2017 I-824 Form
04/23/2018 11/07/2017 I-817 Form
05/16/2018 03/06/2018 I-864 Fom
05/28/2018 03/03/2018 N-300 Form
06/11/2018 03/29/2018 G-325A Form
06/18/2018 04/11/2018 I-907 Form
06/19/2018 04/12/2018 or 12/13/2016 I-360 Form
06/25/2018 04/11/2018 I-821 Form

(USCIS has been revising immigration forms a lot lately to implement the Trump Administration's new policy of security and integrity information collections from the forms. Effective mandatory date, these forms will be rejected unless the forms show new version date. If you use forms from sources other than USCIS website, please make it sure the forms you use are valid and not rejected)

05/04/2018: Seven States (Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, West Virginia) Filed Lawsuit Seeking Declaratory Judgment Against DACA

05/04/2018: DHS Secretary Announces Honduras TPS Termination

05/04/2018: Canada Reportedly Scheduled to Expand Biometrics Requirements Effective 07/31/2018

05/04/2018: USCIS FY-2018 Budget Overview

05/04/2018: USCIS Customer Tools Outage on 05/06/2018 (Sunday) From 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (EST)

05/04/2018: OFLC PERM PWD and PERM Processing Times as of 04/30/2018

05/03/2018: OMB Approved on 05/02/2018 Proposed Rule of Rescission of International Entrepreneur Rule

05/02/2018: USCIS Completes CW-1 Cap Lottery for FY-2019 and Returns All Unselected Petitions

05/02/2018: USCIS Policy Alert Reaffirming Continuing CPR Status Pending I-829 Removal of Conditional Permanent Resident Status for EB-5 Immigrants

04/27/2018: Effective Monday, 04/30/2018, USCIS Will Phase in Requirement of Identification & Signature for Postal Service Delivery of Secure Documents

04/26/2018: USCIS FY 2017 Annaul H-1B Petition Report to Congress on 04/09/2018

04/26/2018: DHS Announcement of Termination of TPS for Nepal on 06/24/2019

04/26/2018: White House OMB Director Memorandum to All the Departments and Agencies to Review & Report Progress of Regulatory and Management Reform of Each Department and Each Agency per the Presidential Earlier Order

04/25/2018: Not Too Promising Signs from Today's SCOTUS Hearing Against Travel Ban Presidential Order

04/25/2018: SCOTUS to Hear Arguments on Pending Travel Ban Litigation Today

04/25/2018: Federal District Court in D.C. Ruled on 04/24/2018 Against President Trump Executive Order to Repeal DACA Program

04/25/2018: USCIS Releases Updated Version of I-821 TPS Application of 04/11/2018

04/24/2018: Nebraska Service Center No Longer Accept Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document

04/23/2018: USCIS EB-485 Inventory Data as of April 2018

04/23/2018: USCIS Director Reports in Writing on 04/04/2018 to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committe Chairman listing USCIS Current and Future Efforts to Reform Nonimmigrant Programs to Enhance Integrity

04/23/2018: ETA-9089 Permanent Labor Certification Application Form

04/23/2018: DHS Ombudsman Case Assistance Form, DHS-7001 and Instructions

04/23/2018: I-485 Filing Availability Dates Charts for May 2018

04/22/2018: USCIS Changes STEM OPT Employment Policy Prohibiting Out-Placed Employment and Training

"While employers may rely on their otherwise existing training programs or policies to satisfy the requirements relating to performance evaluation and oversight and supervision, the student’s Training Plan must nevertheless be customized for the individual student. For instance, every Training Plan must describe the direct relationship between the STEM OPT opportunity and the student’s qualifying STEM degree, as well as the relationship between the STEM OPT opportunity and the student’s goals and objectives for work-based learning. Moreover, a STEM OPT employer may not assign, or otherwise delegate, its training responsibilities to a non-employer third party (e.g., a client/customer of the employer, employees of the client/customer, or contractors of the client/customer). See 8 C.F.R. 214.2.(f)(10)(ii)(C)(7)(ii) and 2016 STEM OPT Final Rule (pp. 13042, 13079, 13090, 13091, 13092, 13016).

Moreover, the training experience must take place on-site at the employer’s place of business or worksite(s) to which U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has authority to conduct employer site visits to ensure that the employer is meeting program requirements. This means that ICE must always have access to a student’s worksite; if the student is sent to different worksite locations as part of the training opportunity, ICE must be able to access such worksite locations. For instance, the training experience may not take place at the place of business or worksite of the employer’s clients or customers because ICE would lack authority to visit such sites.

For the same reason, online or distance learning arrangements may not be used to fulfill the employer’s training obligation to the student. For instance, the employer may not fulfill its training obligation to provide a structured and guided work-based learning experience by having the student make periodic visits to the employer’s place of business to receive training, while the student is actually working at the place of business or worksite of a client or customer of the employer. Similarly, the employer may not fulfill its training obligation by having the student make periodic telephone calls or send periodic email messages to the employer to describe and discuss their experiences at the place of business or worksite of a client or customer of the employer. See 8 C.F.R. 214.2.(f)(10)(ii)(C)(11) and 2016 STEM OPT Final Rule (p. 13041, 13042, 13049, 13062, 13064-66, 13070, 13071, 13090, 13113)."

04/22/2018: Immigration Consumers Are on Alert for Immigration Fraud Activities Out There

04/21/2018: USCIS Releases New Edition of I-360 Form Dated 04/12/2018

04/20/2018: E-Verify Outage for Enhancements from Late Evening Tonight through Late Evening Sunday

04/20/2018: New 04/11/2018 Version of I-907 Premium Processing Request Form Released

04/19/2018: Alert of PERM and iCERT System Interruptions/Degraded Performance During This Weekend!

04/19/2018: Form I-829 Credit Card Payment Not Available

04/19/2018: Unusual Pattern of H-1B Cap Development in FY-2019 H-1B Cap Season

04/18/2018: USCIS Policy Manual Update of 04/18/2018 on "Acquisition of U.S. Citizenship for Children Born Out of Wedlock"

04/17/2018: Some I-601A Applications Transferred from Nebraska Service Center to Potomac Service Center

04/15/2018: Reminder of Trump Administration to Further Tighten H-1B Nonimmigration Program to Protect American Workers

04/13/2018: H-1B Cap Counts by Regular and Master Caps

04/12/2018: OFLC Releases Foreign Labor Certification Applications Performance Data for FY 2018 Second Quarter Ending 03/31/2018

04/12/2018: USCIS Releases G-325A Form of 03/29/2018 for Deferred Action

04/12/2018: SHOCKS, SHOCKS! Devastating H-1B Master Cap Random Selection Chances

04/12/2018: FY 2019 H-1B Cap Random Selection Completed

04/12/2018: USCIS System Tools Outage Today

04/12/2018: Forthcoming Changes to I-907 Premium Processing Request Form

04/11/2018: Reminder of Immigrant Visa Processing Location Change from U.S. Embassy in New Delhi to U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai, India

04/11/2018: USCIS Lottery for FY-2019 CW-1 Visa Cap of 4,999

04/11/2018: May 2018 Visa Bulletin Released

04/10/2018: USCIS Launches New E-Verify Website to Verify Employment Eligibility

04/08/2018: Upcoming Decision of the Supreme Court of United States (SCOTUS) and Fate of DACA Dreamers

04/07/2018: FY-2019 H-1B Cap Filing Deadline is Over, Followed by Scheduled USCIS Computer Random Selection Process

04/06/2018: USCIS Official Announcement of H-1B Cap Reach Today

04/06/2018: H-4 EAD Statistics by Gender FY 2015 - FY 2018

04/05/2018: USCIS Online Tools Outage on 04/08/2018, Sunday

04/04/2018: DOL FY 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

04/04/2018: OFLC PERM PWD and PERM Processing Times as of 03/31/2018

04/04/2018: USCIS Teleconference on Syria TPS Designation and Extension

04/03/2018: ALERT! Undeliverable Permanent Resident and Employment Authorization Cards and Travel Documents to be Destroyed After 60 Days

04/03/2018: Effective 05/01/2018, SAVE to Reject Submission of Paper Form G-845, Documentation Verification Request

03/31/2018: Delay in Rule-Making Process for Proposed Rule to Remove International Entrepreneur Parole Program of Obama Administration

03/31/2018: USCIS/CSC and CBP POE at Blaine, Washington State to Implement Joint Pilot Program for Processing of Canadian NAFTA L-1 Visa Petitions

03/30/2018: FY 2018 Omnibus Spending Legislation Authorized DHS to Double H-2B Non-agricultural Temporary Workers Cap FY-2018

03/29/2018: USCIS Release New Policy Memorandum on "Related Entities" for Filing Multiple H-1B Cap Petitions for Same Foreign Worker

03/29/2018: State Department Proposal to Revise DS-156 and DS-160, Nonimmigrant Visa Application Forms, to Collect Additional Information

03/29/2018: State Department Proposal to Revise DS-260, Immigrant Visa Application Form, to Collect Additional Information

03/29/2018: USCIS Notice of Filing Procedures for EAD and Automatic Extension of Existing EAD for Eligible Liberians Before Period of DED Ends on 03/31/2019

03/29/2018: DOL Seeks Comments & Inputs for O'Net System with Scheduled Implementation of New Occupational Classification in 2018

03/27/2018: Presidential Memorandum Terminating DED for Liberians on 03/31/2019 With Temporary Extension of Current DED Until 03/31/2019

03/27/2018: Omnibus Spending Bill Defeated Trump Administration Scheme to Expand En Masse Immigration Enforcement

03/27/2018: USCIS Initiates New "Pilot" Processing Times Reports

03/23/2018: Senate Concurred to House Omnibus Spending Bill, Resulting in Passage of Omnibus Bill Yesterday

03/22/2018: AAO Decision of 03/19/2018 Affecting EB-1C Immigrant Seekers Leaving the Foreign Employers for Their Nonimmigrant Stay in the United States for Two Years

03/22/2018: House to Pass FY 2018 Omnibus Spending Bill Today: What’s in and What’s out?

03/21/2018: OPT Students, SEVP Launches the SEVP Portal Effective 03/23/2018

03/20/2018: Please Visit FY 2019 H-1B Cap Season Site for All Other Details, Including Filing Tips

03/20/2018: USCIS Suspends Premium Processing Services for FY-2019 H-1B (Regular & Master Caps)

03/20/2018: USCIS Processing Times Updated 03/19/2018 and H-1B Processing Times are as Follows

   Extension  COS  Consular Proc
 CSC 11/01/2017 11/01/2017 11/01/2017
 VSC 08/14/2017 04/10/2017 04/10/2017
 NSC N/A - -

03/20/2018: Another Potential Threat of Government Shut-Down After this Friday 03/23/2018 and Alert for H-1B Cap LCA Certifications

03/20/2018: Annual Update to Allowable Charges for Agricultural Workers' Meals and for Travel Subsistence Reimbursement, Including Lodging, for H-2A & H-2B Labor Certification Application

03/19/2018: USCIS Announces H-1B Changes in Three (3) Ways

03/16/2018: New Edition of I-864, Affidavit of Support Form, Edition of 03/06/2018

03/15/2018: Employers, Effective 03/26/2018, USCIS is Scheduled to Release Enhanced E-Verify System

03/15/2018: I-485 Filing Charts for April 2018

03/15/2018: DOL NPWC Webiner 04/03/2018 on H-2B Filing Tips: H-2B Survey Concepts and Employer Filing Tips

03/15/2018: USCIS Updates 03/14/2018 H-1B Processing Times

   Extension  COS  Consular Proc
 CSC 11/01/2017 11/01/2017 11/01/2017
 VSC 08/14/2017 04/10/2017 04/10/2017
 NSC N/A - -

03/14/2018: DHS Office of Inspector General Reports Discrepancy of USCIS Website Report on Processing Times for I-485 Applications

03/14/2018: Extension of Employment Authorization for Syrian F-1 Students Experiencing Severe Economic Hardship as a Direct Result of Civil Unrest in Syria Since
March 2011

03/13/2018: Announcement of USCIS Release of New Home Page and Website Header in a Few Days

03/13/2018: April 2018 Visa Bulletin Released

  • Dancing EB-3 Indian foreign workers. The final action date chart will move ahead for one year from 01/01/2007 in March to 01/01/2008!! However, filing date chart will move ahead only for three months. What does this mean? Those who have filed EB-485 and are waiting for approval will see only three months moved ahead from 01/01/2008 to 04/01/2008. Good news is for those who have yet to file EB-485. Since Final Action Date chart moved one year ahead, there will be a huge number of Indian EB-3 EB-485 filings in April 2018 because for the EB-485 charts, Indians had to follow the Final Action Date charts. CONGRATS TO YOU ALL!!!
  • 03/12/2018: USCIS Schedules a Teleconference on Credit Card Payment of Filing Fees Options

    03/11/2018: USCIS Discloses All the Names of H-1B Visa (364,584 Approved in FY 2017) User Employers

    03/11/2018: USCIS Discloses All the Names of L-1 Visa (36,315 Approved in FY 2017) User Employers

    03/08/2018: DACA March 5, 2018 Rescission Order and DHS Announcement of Continuous Renewal Application Receipt Per the Court Order

    03/08/2018: USCIS New Poverty Guidelines of March 1, 2018 Version Released

    03/07/2018: OFLC PERM PWD and PERM Processing Times as of 02/28/2018

    03/05/2018: Supposed Death Valley for DACA "MARCH 5" To Come and Gone, in Part Abandoned by the Leaders in the Hill

    03/05/2018: Alert - SAVE Goes "Paperless" Effective 05/01/2018

    03/02/2018: OPM Announced All the Federal Offices in Washington D.C. Areas Closed Today for Wind Storm

    03/02/2018: State Department Massive Updates for Visa Reciprocity for the Last Several Months

    03/02/2018: TRS Designation Extension for Syria Until 09/30/2019

    03/02/2018: iCERT Site Down Alert During Weekend

    03/01/2018: H-4 EAD Rescission Proposed Rule Publication Schedule Changed from February 2018 to June 2018

    03/01/2018: DOL PERM "Supervised Recruitment" Webinar of 03/07/2018 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM (EST)

    03/01/2018: American Immigration Council Won in Litigation for EB-1C I-140 Petition for its Employee in a Foreign Country for Nine (9) Years W/O Subsidicary or Affiliate in the Foreign Country

    03/01/2018: USCIS Completes Random Selection Process for H-2B Visa Cap for Second Half of FY 2018

    03/01/2018: USCIS Released EB-485 Inventory Data as of January 2018

    02/28/2018: Sen. Jeff Flake DACA Conditional Provisional Resident Bill, S. 2464, Failed for Debate on the Senate Floor Yesterday and Today

    02/28/2018: SAVE System Modernization is Coming This Week, as Early as Tomorrow, March 1, 2018

    02/28/2018: Time for Collaboration Between Consulting Service Providers and Their Clients under the Changing H-1B and L-1 Visa Environment as Part of Trump Administration's Action of Buy American, Hire American Executive Order

    02/28/2018: February 2018 Comes and Gone Without Planned H-4 Repeal Rule Making Action by the USCIS

    02/27/2018: OFLC PERM Supervised Recruitment Webinar on 03/07/2018, Wenesday

    02/27/2018: PERM System Outage for Mainenance, Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 8:00 pm ET until 11:00 pm ET.

    02/27/2018: Approaching Deadline of Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Annual Verification Requirement on March 2, 2018

    02/27/2018: Effective Today, New Interim Rule Increases Number of Members of EOIR (Board of Immigration Appeals) to 21

    02/26/2018: Senate Returned to the Session Showing No Rush for Any Immigration Reform Legislation

    02/26/2018: The Supreme Court of United States Refused Trump's Request to Review Lower's Courts Preliminary Injunctions Against Trump's March 5, 2018 Rescission of DREAMER Program!

    02/23/2018: USCIS New Policy Memorandum of 02/22/2018 on Mandatory Requirement of Contracts and Itineraries for H-1B Petitions Involving 3rd Party Worksites

    02/22/2018: U.S. Court of Appeals in DC Issued an Order Sustaining Trump Administration Motion for Abeyance of H-4 EAD Rescission Process Instead of Court Ruling in Pending Lawsuit

    02/21/2018: DHS Ombudsman Office Teleconference on EAD on 02/27/2018, Tuesday

    02/21/2018: USCIS March 2018 485 Filing Charts Released

    02/20/2018: USCIS Today Releases Two Updated Forms: I-817 and I-824

    02/16/2018: Effective 03/17/2018, USCIS No Long Accept Power of Attorney (POA) Signature on Forms and Other Documents

    02/16/2018: Senate in Recess Until 02/26/2018

    02/16/2018: USCIS Policy Memorandum of 02/15/2018 on "Exemption to the Temporary Need Requirement for H-2B Workers on Guam" Involving NDAA

    02/15/2018: Senate Failed to Pass Any Immigration Bills

    02/15/2018: USCIS Updates 02/15/2018 H-1B Processing Times as of 12/31/2017

       Extension  COS  Consular Proc
     CSC 10/10/2017 10/10/2017 10/10/2017
     VSC 08/07/2017 04/10/2017 04/10/2017
     NSC 11/01/2017 - -

    02/15/2018: USCIS Updates Processing Times on 02/15/2018

    02/15/2018: USCIS Announcement to Comply with Injunctions of Federal District Courts Against Trump's DACA Rescission

    02/15/2018: Here We Go! Senate Scheduled to Vote on Immigration Reform Bills Beginning from 10:30 A.M. (EST)

    02/14/2018: USCIS Updated Form G-1450

    02/14/2018: USCIS to Accept Credit Card Payment for Fees for 41 Forms Which Are Filed with Lockboxes

    02/14/2018: "Secure and Succeed Act" S. 2579 Bill of Six Hardline GOP Senators Introduced in the Senate

    02/13/2018: Federal District Court Judge in New York Issued Preliminary Injunction Against President Trump & DHS Rescission of DACA

    02/13/2018: Senate Voted Yesterday to Debate Immigration Reform by 97:1 Vote

    02/12/2018: March 2018 Visa Bulletin

    02/12/2018: Are You Ready for the Senate Floor Debates and Actions on Immigration Legislation This Week?

    02/09/2018: President Signed the CR as Soon as the House Passed Bill Early This Morning, Officially Reopening the Government

    02/09/2018: House also Passed CR at About 5:30 This Morning and Government to Reopen After About Six Hours of Shutdown This Morning

    02/09/2018: Senate Eventually Passed CR by 71-28 Votes During the Night

    02/08/2018 11:40 PM: Government Legally Shuts Down at Midnight 12:00 P.M. (EST) Today

    02/07/2018: Alert! USCIS Considers Random Selection for H-2B Cap Numbers on 09/30/2018 (Last Day of the Second Half of FY 2018

    02/07/2018: Here We Go! New York Times Report Confirms Our Earlier Report of Development on CR

    02/07/2018: Immigration Issues Out of CR Compromise to Avoid Government Shutdown at Least Until 03/23/2018

    02/06/2018: OFLC PERM PWD and PERM Processing Times as of 01/31/2018

    02/06/2018: Effective 02/01/2018, State Department & USCIS Started Screening Family Members of Refugee Applicants in the U.S.

    02/06/2018: Breitbart Reports There is No March 5 Deadline for DACA

    02/05/2018: Do not Miss Teleconference on FY 2019 H-1B Cap Season and Filing Tips

    02/05/2018: Latest Progress of CR Negotiations to Avoid Government Shut Down on 02/09/2018 (Friday)

    02/05/2018: Some I-601A Applications Transferred from National Benefits Center to Nebrasca Service Center

    02/02/2018: ICE Directive of 01/10/2018 on Civil Immigration Enforcement Actions Inside Courthouses

    02/02/2018: Expired and Renewal of USCIS Form of Letter-Notification of Medical Service Requirements for National Interest Waiver Physicians

    02/01/2018: USCIS Customer Service Tools Scheduled Down Coming Sunday from 5:00 am to 6:00 pm (EST)

    02/01/2018: Reportedly, President Trump Suggested Today to the Republican Lawmakers to Delay in Pushing for Immigration Reform Debate Now

    02/01/2018: Approaching FY-2019 H-1B Cap Petition Season (04/01/2018) and USCIS to Revise I-907 Premium Processing Request Form Soon

    01/31/2018: USCIS Teleconference on Upcoming H-1B Cap Filing Tips on Tuesday, 03/06/2018, 1:00-2:00 PM (EST)

    01/31/2018: USCIS Asylum Interview Schedules: Give Interview Priority to the Most Recently Filed Affirmative Asylum Applications

    01/31/2018: President Trump State of the Union Address Demanding Merit-Based Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation

    01/31/2018: USCIS Notice of Proposed Revision of I-129S Blanked L Petition Form

    01/29/2018: USCIS Processing Time Update Report 01/29/2018

    01/29/2018: USCIS Updates 01/29/2018 H-1B Processing Times as of 11/30/2017

       Extension  COS  Consular Proc
     CSC 09/26/2017 09/26/2017 09/26/2017
     VSC 07/24/2017 04/10/2017 ouch 04/10/2017 ouch
     NSC 10/01/2017 - -

    01/28/2018: Senators Hatch and Flake S. 2344 (I-Squared) Bill to Increase Annual H-1B Cap and Eliminate Per Country Annual Limit for Employment-Based Immigration

    01/25/2018: WHITE HOUSE FRAMEWORK ON IMMIGRATION REFORM & BORDER SECURITY

    01/25/2018: OFLC Permanent and Temporary Foreign Labor Certification Applications Processing Fact Sheet Ending 12/31/2017

    01/25/2018: Update of I-942P Form for Income Guidelines for Reduced Fees Released Today

    01/25/2018: Update of I-912P Form for HHS Poverty Guidelines for Fee Waiver Request Released Today

    01/24/2018: Potential Another Government Shutdown on 02/08/2018 and Advisory for Employers to Take Care of PERM & Temporary Labor Certification Applications Timely

    01/22/2018: Both Senate and House Passed CR as Amended to Stop Government Shutdown

    01/22/2018: USCIS Launches a Pilot Redesigned Naturalization and Citizenship Certificate

    01/20/2018: OFLC PERM System Suspended During Government Shutdown

    01/20/2018: OFLC iCERT System Suspended During Government Shutdown

    01/20/2018: Government Shutdown and State Department Releases Notice of 01/20/2018 on its Passport and Visa Processing Operations

    01/20/2018: Government Shutdown and USCIS Releases Notice of 01/20/2018 on Lapse in Federal Funding for Certain USCIS Operations

    01/20/2018: Senate to Reconvene Today for Renegotiation and House Members on Standby in DC Areas for its Potential Followup Session

    01/20/2018 00:10 AM (EST) SPECIAL REPORT: Congress Failed to Pass Continuing Resolution Causing Government Shutdown 10 Minutes Ago

    01/19/2018: The Supreme Court of United States Granted Trump Administration's Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to Review Lower Court's Decision Partially Lifting Presidential Travel Ban

    01/19/2018: House Passed Continuing Resolution, but Government Shutdown Looming Up "Real"

    01/18/2018: Full Text of H.J. Res. 125 (Continuing Resolutions) to Fund the Federal Government from 01/20/2018 to 02/16/2018

    01/18/2018: HHS Poverty Guidelines of 2018

    01/18/2018: USCIS Announcement of Re-Registration Period Now Open for Salvadorans TPS

    01/18/2018: USCIS Announcement of Re-Registration Period Now Open for Haitians TPS

    01/18/2018: Official Federal Register Notice of Termination of TPS for Haiti Effective 07/22/2019 and Registration for Temporary TPS Extension and EAD

    01/18/2018: Official Federal Register Notice of Termination of TPS for El Salvador Effective 09/09/2019 and Registration for Temporary TPS Extension and EAD

    01/18/2018: USCIS Announcement of List of H-2A and H-2B Eligible Counntries

    01/18/2018: List H-2A and H-2B Eligible Countries in 2018

    01/17/2018: Wow, Government Shutdown Decision Two (2) Days to Go!

    01/17/2018: USCIS February 485 Filing Availability Charts

    01/16/2018: Justice Department Filed Notice to Appeal and Intends to Petition for Immediate Supreme Court Review in DACA Lawsuit

    01/16/2018: State Department Prediction of Visa Availability in Coming Months (Final Action Date Charts)

    01/16/2018: February Visa Bulletin Released

    01/16/2018: Written Testimony of DHS Secretary Before Senate Judiciary Committee 01/16/2018 on "Oversight of DHS"

    01/14/2018: OMB Cleared El Salvador TPS Termination and Temporary Extension Registration Notice on 01/12/2018

    01/14/2018: USCIS Announces the Same for its Acceptance of DACA Renewal Applications Pursuant to the Court Order

    01/14/2018: Pursuant to Federal District Court Order, DHS Resumes Accepting and Processing DACA Renewal Applications

    01/13/2018: Identification of H-2A and H-2B Eligible Countries Soon to be Published in the Federal Register

    01/13/2018: OMB Approval of Federal Register Publication of Haiti TPS Termination and Temporary Extension Registration Notice

    01/12/2018: Alert! L-1 Petition Filing Address Change for Current Vermont Service Center Juristiction Effective 02/12/2018

    01/12/2018: Senate Bi-Partisan Immigration Reform Presented to the President and Rejected Yesterday, 01/11/2018

    01/12/2018: State Department Updated 01/12/2018 Reciprocity for Congo, Kuwait, and Paraguay

    01/12/2018: USCIS Alert for TPS El Salvadoran Not to Submit and Pay for Re-Registration Now

    01/11/2018: SAC (Securing America's Future) Act, H.R. 4760, Introduced in the House by Rep. Bob Goodlatte and Other GOP Leaders 01/10/2018

    01/11/2018: Advance Copy of 01/12/2018 Federal Register Notice of FY 2017 Fall (Calendar Year 2018) Rule-Making Agenda

    01/10/2018: Rep. Issa's Announcement Not to Rerun for Congress, H.R. 170, and Trump Planned Reform of H-1B Cap Selection Criteria

    01/10/2018: Thank You FOX News for Your Today's Report of Article: "Trump's Crackdown on Legal Immigration is Hurting America"

    01/10/2018: Approaching TPS Expiration for Haitians on 01/22/2018 and DHS Announcement of Termination of Haiti TPS on 07/22/2019

    01/10/2018: Federal District Court in California Issued Preliminary Injunction Against Rescission of DACA Program

    01/09/2018: Relocation of USCIS London Field Office Effective 01/17/2018

    01/09/2018: Withdrawal of Our Report of McClatchy News Report on Alleged USCIS Consideration of Change of AC 21 H-1B Extension Rules

    01/08/2018: DHS Secretary Official Announcement of TPS Termination for El Salvador After 09/09/2019

    01/08/2018: REAL ID Alert of 01/08/2018 for Flight Travelers

    01/08/2018: Scheduled Announcement of Termination of El Salvador TPS Program after Current TPS Program Expires in 2019

    01/07/2018: USCIS Processing Times Update 01/05/2018

    01/07/2018: USCIS Updates 01/05/2018 H-1B Processing Times as of 10/31/2017

       Extension  COS  Consular Proc
     CSC 09/01/2017 09/01/2017 09/01/2017
     VSC 07/10/2017 04/10/2017 04/10/2017
     NSC 08/31/2017 - -

    (No Changes since the last report.

    01/05/2018: Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence in a Meeting on Immigration with Republican Members of the Senate Yesterday

    01/04/2018: "Hire American" Executive Order Keeps Restricting Non-Immigrant Employment Visas Other than H-1B

    01/04/2018: USCIS Updates I-601A Form of 12/15/2017 Edition

    01/04/2018: USCIS Updates I-485 Supplement J for Confirmation of Bona Fide Job Offer or Request for Job Portability Under 204(j)

    01/03/2018: USCIS Updates I-485 Supplement A Form

    01/03/2018: USCIS Updates I-485 Form

    01/02/2018: Official OFLC Update of PWD and PERM Processing Times as of 12/31/2017

    01/02/2018: USCIS Announcement of Transfer of Some L-1 Cases from VSC and CSC to TSC

    01/02/2018: Another Bad News for H-1B Community: Senator Orrin Hatch Announcement to Retire at the End of this Term

    01/02/2018: Confusion and Mess on Numerous Executive Orders & Proclamation of Travel Ban and Various Federal Court Orders, and State Department Latest Memo of 01/02/2018 for the Visa Posts to give a Guide and deal with Confusion

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