June 2018


2018 H2B Additional Cap Lottery

As previously announced, USCIS began accepting H-2B petitions on May 31, 2018, under the temporary final rule increasing the numerical limit, or cap, on H-2B nonimmigrant visas by up to 15,000 additional visas through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2018.

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USCIS Notice for Re-registration of Honduras for TPS and EAD

The designation of Honduras for TPS is terminated effective January 5, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., local time. The 60-day re-registration period runs from June 5, 2018 through August 6, 2018. Holders of TPS from Honduras who wish to maintain their TPS and receive an EAD valid through 1/5/20 must re-register for TPS in accordance with the procedures set forth in the notice. It is important for re-registrants to timely re-register during this 60-day period (83 FR 26074, 6/5/18).

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DOL H-2B Processing Announcement for Applications Filed On or After July 3

The following notice was posted on DOL's website on June 1, 2018:

The Department of Labor's Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) is making this announcement to inform employers and other interested stakeholders how H-2B Applications for Temporary Employment Certification, Form ETA-9142B, filed by employers on or after July 3, 2018, will be assigned to staff for review in accordance with 20 C.F.R. 655.30.

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High-Tech Features Create More Secure Documents

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began issuing redesigned Certificates of Citizenship and Naturalization today, following a successful pilot in four USCIS field offices and one service center. The redesign of these eight certificates is one of the many ways USCIS is working to combat fraud and safeguard the legal immigration system.

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DOL Extends H-1B Form ETA-9035/9035E In One Month Increments

On May 31, 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the Labor Condition Application for Nonimmigrant Workers, Form ETA-9035/9035E, had been extended through June 30, 2018.

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USCIS Not Accepting Service Requests for Filings Pending 75-Days

Immigration attorneys report that the USCIS Contact Center is no longer allowing individuals to place service requests for Forms I-765 Application for Employment Authorization until and unless the application is outside of USCIS's posted processing times.

Immigration attorneys report that the USCIS Contact Center is no longer allowing individuals to place service requests for Forms I-765 Application for Employment Authorization until and unless the application is outside of USCIS's posted processing times.

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