Important Announcements

April 2019


USCIS Began Premium Processing for Certain FY2020 Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions

Litwin & Smith, has received the first of our FY2020 cap-subject H-1B petitioners requesting a change of status on Form I-129 with premium processing. USCIS had previously posted premium processing to begin on 5/20/19. For all other FY2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions, it will begin in June 2019 or later. From 5/20/19 until 6/3/19, final notices will not be sent using prepaid mailers.

Starting April 1, FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petitioners requesting a change of status on their Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, may request premium processing by concurrently filing Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service. However, to prioritize data entry for cap-subject H-1B petitions, USCIS will not begin premium processing for these petitions immediately. USCIS will begin premium processing for these petitions no later than May 20, 2019, and will notify the public before premium processing begins for these petitions.

We at Litwin & Smith represent employers in most of the various industries represented around the Bay Area, throughout California, across the U.S., and around the globe. We are a prestigious immigration law firm representing large and small business clients. Our firm is a nationally recognized premiere immigration firm. We are very successful in preparing and obtaining H1B nonimmigrant visas for employers and subsequent immigrant visas and green cards for their employees on H1B. We prepare hundreds of such petitions each year. We have an impeccable record of success in assisting new clients who come to us with H1B RFEs. We look forward to assisting you. Please, call 650 588 7100 to find out more...

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CBP Announces I-94 Numbers Will Become Alphanumeric

CBP announced that beginning in May 2019, I-94 numbers will be alphanumeric. Prior to May 2019, I-94 numbers were 11 digits long and only contained numbers. This change is due to the depletion of numeric-only I-94 numbers and to create a long-term solution for the creation of new numbers.

NOTICE: Beginning in May 2019, I-94 numbers will be alphanumeric. Currently, I-94 numbers are 11 digits long and only contain numbers. In order to minimize program impact resulting from the depletion of numeric-only I-94 numbers and to create a long-term solution for the creation of new numbers, CBP is switching to alphanumeric I-94s. I-94 numbers will remain at 11 characters but will follow the format of 9 digits, followed by a letter in the 10th position, and a digit in the 11th position. Unexpired I-94s issued in the current numeric-only format will continue to be valid until the Admit Until Date printed on the paper I-94 and/or the date displayed on the public I-94 website at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home.

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USCIS Reached the Advanced Degree Exemption Cap and Completed the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2020

On April 10, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated regular cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption for fiscal year (FY) 2020. After completing the random selection process for the regular cap, USCIS also determined that it has received a number of petitions projected as sufficient to meet the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s cap...

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USCIS Reached the Advanced Degree Exemption Cap and Completed the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2020

On April 10, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated regular cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption for fiscal year (FY) 2020. After completing the random selection process for the regular cap, USCIS also determined that it has received a number of petitions projected as sufficient to meet the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s cap...

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Israelis Now Eligible for U.S. Investor Visa.

The U.S. Embassy in Israel is pleased to announce the implementation of the U.S. E-2 Investor Visa for Israeli nationals, beginning May 1. The E-2 visa is a temporary (nonimmigrant) visa that can be used to develop, direct, or provide specialized skills to an enterprise in which the owner has invested a substantial amount of capital. With the implementation of this visa, Israeli investors now have the opportunity to invest in the U.S. economy and send qualified employees to the United States. Likewise, U.S. citizens will be eligible to apply for visas to invest in Israel...

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USCIS Reaches FY 2020 H-1B Regular Cap

USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions projected as needed to reach the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap for fiscal year 2020. USCIS will next determine if we have received a sufficient number of petitions to meet the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master's cap...

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H1B Pre-paid Mailer Temporary Suspension

FY 2020 H1B Cap Notices to be sent regular mail. Starting on May 20, 2019 and continuing through the end of June 3, 2019, USCIS will again (as in the 2017 H1B Cap) not use pre-paid mailers to send out final notices for premium processing for FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting a change of status.

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USCIS H1B Employer Data Hub

USCIS has launched an H-1B Employer Data Hub to provide information to the public on employers petitioning for H-1B workers. The data hub is part of a USCIS continued effort to increase transparency in employment-based visa programs by allowing the public to search for H-1B petitioners by fiscal year (back to FY 2009), NAICS code, employer name, city, state, or ZIP code.

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White House Memo Extending DED for Liberians

The White House issued a memo on Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians, that it is in the foreign policy interest of the United States to extend the wind-down period for an additional 12 months, through March 30, 2020. The memo also included the continued authorization for employment through 3/30/20 for qualifying beneficiaries.

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