Update—Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); Deferred Action for Parents of Americans & Permanent Residents (DAPA)

President Trump chose the five year anniversary of the creation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to announce that the program will remain in effect. The announcement on June 15, 2017 came as a surprise since one of President Read More…

H-1B Season: Are You Ready?

It’s H-1B filing season. Once again, the number of H-1B visas is subject to an annual cap. Under the regular H-1B cap, 65,000 H-1B visas are available. An exemption from the H-1B cap is available for the first 20,000 petitions Read More…

DHS Proposes Filing Fee Increases

On May 5, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed a rule adjusting certain immigration fees charged by U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). The proposed rule comes after USCIS reviewed its finances and determined that maintaining current fee Read More…

H-1B Update

This year,  United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)  received over 236,000  H-1B applications from April 1 through April 7, 2016. Of those, the law permits only 85,000 total H-1Bs to actually be selected for consideration. As of May 2, Read More…

DOL Finally Issues New Exemption Rules

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued the final version of the long-awaited overtime exemption rule on May 18, 2016. As predicted, the rule raises the minimum salary threshold required to qualify for the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “white collar” Read More…

Is Your Business Prepared for the Upcoming H-1B Visa Season?

It is H-1B season again! On April 1, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B visa applications for new employment beginning on October 1, 2016. As usual, there is a strict annual limit or Read More…

Work Authorization to Become Available to Certain H-4 Visa Holders on May 26, 2015

A change in U.S. immigration policy effective next week will for the first time allow an estimated 180,000 H-4 visa holders apply for authorization to work in the United States.   H-4 visas are issued to the spouses of H-1B Read More…

President Obama Announces Broader Deferred Action Policy

On November 21, 2014, President Obama announced executive action on immigration. The action includes a number of facets, but among the most notable are measures to ease the deportation risks for certain individuals in the country illegally. President Obama announced Read More…

Alternatives to the H-1B Visa

The USCIS recently announced that, once again, filings for H-1B visas during the first week of the H-1B “season” exceeded the annual statutory cap.  USCIS again used a lottery system to randomly select which of this year’s petitions will be Read More…

Last Minute Travel Plans?

It may be possible to get your passport renewed or your visa issued faster than you think. As a result of the excellent new sales presentation you put together, the company has decided to send you to the home offices Read More…