Consular sections will resume providing all routine visa services as it is safe to do so in that location using a tiered approach to triage immigrant visa applications based on the category of immigrant visa as they resume and expand processing.
The FY 2022 H1B Cap Has Been Reached USCIS has received enough electronic registrations during the initial FY 2022 H1B Cap registration period to reach the FY 2022 H1B Cap numerical allocations including the master’s cap exemption. USCIS randomly selected from among the registrations properly submitted to reach the cap and has notified all prospective petitioners with selected registrations that
India Travel Update As India is in the midst of a second and sweeping COVID-19 wave, scheduled international commercial passenger services remain closed. However, international scheduled flights are permitted on select routes on a case-by-case basis. India has established “air transport bubble” arrangements with certain countries (such as the U.S., France, Canada amongst others) by which the air carriers of
The 2022 H1B Cap Registration Period Has Ended! USCIS will conduct computer-generated random selection, aka Lottery, to select regular quota filing registrants, then the master’s quota filing registrants. USCIS will notify employers by March 31 and let them know whether their petitions have been selected in the Lottery. If chosen, employers will have up to 90 days to file an
What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)? DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is a U.S. immigration policy that provides a quasi-legal status and employment authorization to certain individuals unlawfully present in the United States after being brought to the country as children. Individuals may qualify for DACA if they: Were under the age of 31 as of June
The Biden administration has delayed a controversial Trump-era rule that would raise mandatory minimum wages for foreign workers with the H-1B visa. It was scheduled to go into effect on March 15, but implementation is now extended to May 14. The Trump administration offered a revised version of the rule in January after losing a court battle over its initial
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced it may reopen and/or reconsider adverse decisions on Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, made based on three rescinded policy memos. A petitioner may request that USCIS reopen and/or reconsider adverse decisions based on the three rescinded policy memos by properly filing Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion, accompanied by the appropriate fee.
USCIS is no Longer Applying the Public Charge Rule Applicants and petitioners should not provide information or evidence related solely to the Public Charge Final Rule. Applicants for adjustment of status should not submit Form I-944, Declaration of Self Sufficiency, or any evidence or documentation required by Form I-944 when they file their Form I-485. Applicants and petitioners for extension
Employers Prepare! The FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registration Begins March 9, 2021 The H-1B visa is one of the most coveted non-immigrant visas due to foreign nationals’ ability to have dual intent (the intent to enter the U.S. on a temporary work visa and obtain an adjustment of status to an immigrant visa eventually). However, the U.S. has a cap