Immigration Blog

March 2016 Visa Bulletin update

By |February 12th, 2016|

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released its March 2016 Visa Bulletin. For details regarding the revised charts’ formatting, read Introducing the new Visa Bulletin.

March 2016 family-based Visa Bulletin
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released a bulletin stating foreign nationals may use the Dates for Filing Visa Applications chart to determine when to file Form I-485, the […]

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Filing an H-1B visa? Here are 3 mistakes to avoid during cap season

By |February 8th, 2016|

In 2015, out of the 233,000 H-1B Person in Specialty Occupation petitions submitted, only 36 percent were selected in the capped government lottery for processing – leaving 148,000 high-skilled foreign nationals without the legal ability to work in the United States. Circumstances haven’t changed for the upcoming H-1B cap season. Only 85,000 new H-1B visas […]

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New memo clarifies comparable evidence for O-1 work visa

By |February 5th, 2016|

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum clarifying when petitioners and attorneys may submit comparable evidence for the O-1 Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement work visa. This visa classification is typically used by high profile performers, professional athletes and film actors.

“This is a great proposal and a relief,” says VISANOW-retained attorney […]

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February 2016 Visa Bulletin update

By |February 4th, 2016|

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released its February 2016 Visa Bulletin. For details regarding the charts’ formatting, read Introducing the new Visa Bulletin.

February 2016 family-based Visa Bulletin
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released a bulletin stating foreign nationals may use the Dates for Filing Visa Applications chart to determine when to file Form I-485, the Application […]

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VISANOW Immigration Trends 2016 survey: Mapping trends in employment-based immigration

By |February 2nd, 2016|

We’re thrilled to announce the results of the VISANOW Immigration Trends 2016 survey. After interviewing more than 400 HR professionals, we found that although more U.S. companies are making substantial investments in recruiting foreign nationals, the hiring professionals responsible for overseeing the process find the current U.S. immigration system frustrating, opaque and difficult to navigate.

“The […]

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5 tips for H-1B cap season procrastinators

By |January 29th, 2016|

“People dread it.”

That’s the answer Natalie Napolitano, customer relationship manager at VISANOW, provides when asked why employers drag their feet on the H-1B Person in Specialty Occupation visa application process. The process is so laborious that some employers wait until there are only a couple weeks left before April 1 – the deadline to submit […]

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U.S. District Court validates 17-month OPT STEM extension until May 10

By |January 25th, 2016|

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has extended the F-1 Student visa’s Optional Practical Training (OPT) for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program until May 10.

Last August, the 17-month OPT STEM extension was invalidated because the government failed to follow the proper procedures in enacting the law. In an effort to […]

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Final rule from DHS eases immigration regulations for H-1B, E-3, CW-1, EB-1 visa holders

By |January 22nd, 2016|

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published Enhancing Opportunities for H-1B1, CW-1, and E-3 Nonimmigrants and EB-1 Immigrants in the Federal Register, a final rule first proposed in May 2014. The amended immigration regulations seek to “improve the programs and remove unnecessary hurdles that place such workers at a disadvantage when compared to similarly […]

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H-1B cap season by the numbers

By |January 21st, 2016|

The H-1B work visa cap has filled quickly in recent years, requiring thousands of unselected petitioners to refile the following season or find a viable alternative. As more U.S. companies rely on foreign national talent to fill highly technical roles, and the H-1B work visa for specialty workers grows more popular, the intensity of competition […]

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Supreme Court to rule on expanded DACA, DAPA immigration actions

By |January 19th, 2016|

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The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it would hear the Obama administration’s appeal on an injunction against its Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs. The announcement means that after more than a year of political tug-of-war, the case […]

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