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H1B, F1, H4 EAD, Other Visas Updates in Fall 2018 Regulatory Agenda

In Immigration| Visas by Kumar11 Comments

Similar to previous year Fall 2017 Regulatory Agenda , US Federal Government published their Fall 2018 Regulatory agenda that outlines their priorities on various regulations that are planned for the next upcoming months.  Our focus from the fall regulatory agenda is on topics tied to international students and professionals. So, we will cover priorities of DHS and USCIS around those …

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News: USCIS NTA Memo Roll out – Phased approach – I539(COS), I485(AOS) from Oct 1st

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USCIS has released a press release today on the details on the implementation of the Notice to Appear(NTA) memo guidance from June 2018. They have clarified that NTA memo will be implemented in a phased approached incrementally and will not impact all visa types. Below are the details. USCIS held teleconference to clarify few things, we have included that update …

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USCIS News : H1B Premium Processing Suspended Until Feb 19, 2019. Impact Analysis ?

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USCIS announced earlier today that premium processing will be suspended for most of the H1B Visa petitions starting September 11th, 2018 until Feb 19th , 2019. Below is a summary of the update and how it will impact various H1B holders and prospective H1B seekers like F1 students, OPT, etc. Summary of USCIS H1B Premium Processing Suspension until Feb 19th …

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USCIS New Notice to Appear (NTA) Policy Memo – H1B, L1 Impact ? Timelines ?

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USCIS issued a new policy memo with updated guidance on issuance of Notice To Appear ( NTA). This policy memo gives authority to USCIS to issue NTA without consulting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for general Employment based petitions like H1B, L1. It has some dire consequences for work visa holders in US, if their extension petition gets denied and …

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News : USCIS New Policy – Deny Petitions without giving RFE, NOID. H1B Impact ?

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USCIS announced a policy memo on July 13th giving more power to the USCIS’ adjudicators of various kinds of petitions.  The new policy memorandum basically cancels/ revokes previous USCIS policy on issuance of Request for Evidence (RFE) and Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) from 2013.  Let’s look at details. What was the previous 2013 USCIS Policy memo on Issuing …

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USCIS Administrative Site Visits, FDNS – Employees Questions ? How to be Prepared ?

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Since Trump Administration took office, there have been many changes to the way H1B petitions, L1 visa cases are processed and more scrutiny. USCIS has indicated that they will increase site visits to detect fraud and violations as part of the Trump’s Policies and changes to strengthen H1B Program.  It is important for you as H1B Employee or L1 worker …