May 2019


USCIS Advises Employers and Agents Petitioning P Visas P1-A and P-1S Differences

USCIS has updated the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) to emphasize that, under current regulations, the periods of initial authorized stay are different for individual athletes (P-1A) and their essential support personnel (P-1S). The P-1S classification is for "Essential Support Personnel" who are an integral part of the performance of a P-1 nonimmigrant, and who perform support services that cannot be readily performed by a U.S. worker.

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H-2B Temporary Rule granted 30,000 visas to Returning Workers

On May 6, 2019, DHS announced that a joint DHS/DOL temporary rule increasing the H-2B cap for the remainder of FY2018 by an additional 30,000 visas would be published in the Federal Register and effective on May 8, 2019, based on authority granted in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (FY2019 Omnibus). The additional visas will be available only to "returning workers", who are defined as those individuals who have held H-2B status in at least one of the past three fiscal years (FY2016, FY2017, and FY2018). The 30,000 H-2B visas are in addition to the 66,000 visas already issued during this fiscal year. As in previous years, this increase is based on a time-limited statutory authority and does not affect the H-2B program in future fiscal years.

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USCIS Adjustment of Status Filing Dates for June 2019

USCIS determined that for June 2019, the Dates for Filing chart must 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 Completes Data Entry of FY2020 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

USCIS completed data entry for al FY2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the lottery on May 17, 2019, and will begin returning all unselected H-1B cap-subject petitions. Additionally, USCIS may transfer some Form I-129 H-1B cap-subject petitions between the VSC and CSC.

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SSA Began Sending 2019 No-Match Letters In March

In March of 2019, the Social Security Administration (SSA) began mailing Notifications to employers identified as having at least one name and Social Security Number (SSN) combination submitted on wage and tax statement (Form W-2) that do not match its records.

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