The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released its December 2015 Visa Bulletin. However, the format of the bulletin has recently changed. Going forward, the DOS will publish the updated Visa Bulletin each month, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will issue a subsequent announcement one week later, informing foreign nationals if they may use […]
Update: In response to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to uphold the expanded DACA/DAPA injunction, last Friday the Obama administration appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The following Monday, Texas asked the Supreme Court for more time to respond to the appeal, a delay that will likely mean no action will take place […]
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) decade-long effort to digitize its nearly 100 immigration forms has seen little progress, racking up about $1 billion in project costs and operating on a tenuous timeline for completion, reported The Washington Post in today’s edition. Right now, the only digital immigration form available through USCIS is an application […]
Due to the uncertainty of H-1B cap season, U.S. employers can’t control whether or not their foreign nationals’ petitions are selected in the lottery. However, there is one controllable factor that can negatively affect companies this cap season — how early the visa application is prepared.
The government caps H-1B visas at 85,000. In 2015, there […]
The VISANOW Inc. immigration management platform recently migrated to “the cloud” and, while the improvements to our system may not be visible, the differences are a big deal to you.
What is the cloud?
In common speak, it’s essentially a physical infrastructure maintained by a third-party provider and available for use as a virtual infrastructure. There are […]
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) now requires Canadian employers requesting work permits that are exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment, such as NAFTA, intra-company transferees, C10 Significant Benefit and others, to submit FORM IMM5802 via its newly established Employer Portal. To avoid delays when processing future LMIA-exempt work permits to Canada, it’s recommended to […]
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule in response to an August court decision that invalidated the 17-month extension of the F-1 Optical Practical Training (OPT) program for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students.
The proposed rule includes two major changes to the OPT STEM program:
STEM OPT extension increased to 24 months
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) implemented an additional step to the green card process. Beginning with the November 2015 Visa Bulletin, if there are more immigrant visas available for the fiscal year than known applicants, USCIS will issue an update. It will inform applicants that they may use the Dates for Filing Visa Applications […]
On Sept. 30, Congress failed to renew Public Law 111-230 (the 50/50 fee). Enacted in August 2010, the 50/50 fee mandated companies with more than 50 employees based in the United States and more than 50 percent of workers employed under a nonimmigrant visa status to pay an additional fee — $2,000 for H-1B and […]
President Obama signed a Continuing Resolution that extended the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program (also called regional center program) and funded the government through Dec. 11. The program, which was scheduled to expire Sept. 30, allocates green cards for investors in regional centers designated by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services based on proposals for promoting economic […]