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

In H1B Visa News by KumarUpdated : 225 Comments

USCIS announced 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 , 2019 …

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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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Lost Indian Passports in Europe – Experience – FIR, Emergency Certificate. How to handle?

In Immigration| Visas by Guest AuthorUpdated : 6 Comments

Imagine you plan a nice two week trip to Cover Best of Europe and you lose your passports on 3rd day of your trip in Europe. Quite scary right.  Suruchi and her husband were in same situation. Thanks to her for sharing their experience with us, so that we all know how to handle such situations. Background – Our Situation …

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

In Immigration| Visas by KumarUpdated : 2 Comments

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 …

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News : Spring 2018 Regulatory Agenda – H4 EAD Removal, H1B Changes, F1 OPT, CPT

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US Federal Government published their Spring 2018 Regulatory agenda that basically outlines the priorities of the current government on various regulations. This is similar to the Fall edition of the Unified regulatory agenda, but published in Spring. Our interest here on our blog is more from immigration and priorities of DHS and USCIS.  Let’s quickly review the in this article. …

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H1B Visa FY 2019 Receipt Notice – Sample User Shared

In H1B Visa News by KumarUpdated : 178 Comments

Many of you applying H1B visa for the first time might wonder, how the H1B Visa 2019 Receipt notice might look like. Couple of our readers were kind enough to share his receipt notice. Thanks a both of them for sharing it with us.  Keeping the user info anonymous for privacy reasons. It is no different from previous years, but …

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USCIS News : H1B 2019 Lottery Completed – 190,098 Petitions Filed

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The most awaited number by many, with tons of calculations using LCA numbers and other correlations on comments, etc. have come to an end. USCIS released a press note indicating that they have received 190,098 H1B petitions for FY 2019 quota. Below is the press release summary.  Summary of USCIS H1B Lottery 2019 Competed 190K petitions filed : USCIS completed …