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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for 2018 H1B Cap Petitions

Today, September 18, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap. The FY 2018 cap has been set at 65,000 visas. Premium processing has also resumed for the annual 20,000 additional petitions that are set aside to hire workers with a U.S. master's degree or higher educational degree.

USCIS Grants All 10,000 U Visas for FY2017

https://www.uscis.gov/news/uscis-approves-10000-u-visas-7th-straight-fiscal-year

For the 8th straight year, USCIS has approved the congressionally mandated annual limit of 10,000 petitions for U nonimmigrant status for victims of certain crimes who assist law enforcement authorities. USCIS will continue to review pending petitions for eligibility for potential visa issuance when more visas become available.

Laid Off H-1B Can Change Employer After 60 Days

The I-140 Final Rule updates, improves, and clarifies DHS regulations consistent with policy guidance. The I-140 Final Rule provides that a nonimmigrant visa holder (H, E, L, O, TN) is not considered out of nonimmigrant status solely on the basis that the employment on which the classification was based has ceased, for up to 60 consecutive days or until the end of the authorized validity period, whichever is shorter.

CBP Announces Expansion of Global Entry to Swiss Citizens

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Embassy in Bern announced on February 1, 2017, the expansion of Global Entry to citizens of Switzerland. Global Entry, a CBP Trusted Traveler Program, allows for expedited clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travelers. Swiss citizens can begin applying for Global Entry on February 1, 2017 following clearance from the Swiss Federal Police. Switzerland becomes the ninth country overall whose citizens will be eligible to enroll in Global Entry.

The Future of DACA "Dreamers" is Uncertain

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an administrative program that could end by executive order at any time. At this time, we do not know what the future of the DACA program holds. President Trump has pledged to end the DACA initiative. However, he has taken no such action.

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