Important Announcements

February 2019


USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Filed on or Before December 21, 2018

USCIS announced that it will resume premium processing on 2/19/19 for all H-1B petitions filed on or before 12/21/18. For pending H-1Bs that have been transferred, a premium processing request must be submitted to the service center now handling the petition.

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Visa Bulletin for March 2019

DOS posted the Visa Bulletin for March 2019. In addition to the final action dates and dates for filing applications, the bulletin also includes notes on the diversity visa and the scheduled expiration of two employment visa categories.

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USCIS Adjustment of Status Filing Dates for March 2019

USCIS determined that for March 2019, the Dates for Filing chart may be used for family-based preference filings and the Final Action Dates chart must be used for employment-based preference filings.

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USCIS Revised Form I-539 and New Form I-539A Effective March 11, 2019

Starting on March 11, 2019, USCIS will only accept the revised Form I-539 with an edition date of 02/04/19. We will reject any Form I-539 with an edition date of 12/23/16 or earlier. We will also be publishing a new Form I-539A, Supplemental Information for Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, on the Form I-539 webpage on March 11. Form I-539A replaces the Supplement A provided in previous versions of Form I-539. Form I-539A can only be submitted with Form I-539; it cannot be filed as a standalone form.

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USCIS Now Accepting Copies of Negative O Visa Consultations Directly from Labor Unions

Effective immediately, USCIS will begin accepting copies of negative consultation letters directly from labor unions relating to a current or future O nonimmigrant visa petition request. O-1 and O-2 nonimmigrant visas are available to individuals with extraordinary ability in science, education, business, athletics, or the arts, and individuals with extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry, and certain essential support personnel. A consultation letter from a U.S. peer group, labor organization, and/or management organization is generally required for petitions in the O visa classification.

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January 2019


2019 January Visa Bulletin

DOS posted the Visa Bulletin for January 2019. In addition to the final action dates and dates for filing applications, the bulletin also includes notes on the diversity visa and the scheduled expiration of two employment visa categories.

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FY2019 H1B Cap Premium Processing Restored January 28, 2019

USCIS announced it will continue premium processing on 1/28/19 for all FY2019 H-1B cap petitions. The temporary suspension of premium processing remains in effect for all other categories of H-1B petitions to which it applied.

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FY 2020 H-1B (2019) Cap Season Begins

The H-1B employment visa is limited to 65,000 regular and 20,000 Master's Cap visa applications per year, called the H-1B Cap. The soonest an employer may file an H-1B petition is April 1st, for an October 1, start date. This year, the filing for H-1B Cap is April 1st, Monday. We begin the H-1B petition preparation process in February for the coming April 1st filing. Last year more than 85,000 H-1B cap petitions filed were within April 1st filing date. To find out more about the H-1B visa please visit our website.

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