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Startup Visa For International Entrepreneurs

Starting July 17, 2017, the International Entrepreneur Parole will enable start-up business-owners and entrepreneurs to begin to establish and gr…

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H-1B1, E-3 Nonimmigrants Eligible for 240 Days Continued Employment When Extension Application is Pending

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a final rule revising regulations affecting

H-1B1 (Highly Skilled Workers for Specialty Occupations…

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Additional H-1B and L-1 Filing Fees Imposed for Certain Employers

On 12/18/15, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, the omnibus appropriations bill for 2016…

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Border Security Fee $2,000 and $2,250 For H-1B and L-1 Petitions Is No Longer Required Provisions imposing the 'border security fee', an additional filing fee of $2,000 for certain H-1B petitions and $2,250 for certain L-1 petitions has lapsed on October 1, 2015.

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Infosys Pays Record $34 million to Settle Allegations of Systemic Visa Fraud and Abuse of Immigration Processes The U.S. Justice Department has announced that Infosys Corporation, an Indian consulting, technology, and outsourcing company, has agreed to a civil settlement of allegations of systemic visa fraud and abuse of i…

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CW-1 Visa Classification: DHS Sets Limit of 14,000 for FY 2014 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently announced a limit of 14,000 nonimmigrants for fiscal year (FY) 2014 for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-Only Transitional Worker (C…

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USCIS Temporarily Suspends Adjudication of Most H-2B Petitions USCIS has announced that effective March 22, 2013, it temporarily suspended adjudication of most Form I-129 H-2B petitions for temporary non-agricultural workers. This development follows a Court order entered on …

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Indian National Pleads Guilty in Fraudulent H1B Visa Scheme An Indian national has pleaded guilty to five federal charges for his participation in a fraudulent scheme to obtain false H-1B visas for foreign workers. It is reported that he executed a fraudulent scheme by sub…

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Sen. Grassley introduces H-1B and L-1 Visa Reforms Bill Proposes Additional Requirements for H1B and L1 Approvals On March 18, 2013, Senator Chuck Grassley and Senator Sherrod Brown introduced a bill that they claim will bring reforms to the H-1B and L visa programs and help ensure that Americans are given top consideration w…

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New E Visa Processing Instructions for Mission Italy The US Embassy in Italy has published new E visa processing instructions for Mission Italy, and has announced that effective August 15, 2012 all E visa submissions must comply with the new procedures, which are br…

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Employer ordered to pay Back Wages of about $253,000 for violation of H-1B Wage Laws In a recent decision from the United States Department of Labor Office of Administrative Law Judges (Administrator, Wage and Hour Division vs. Xcel Solutions Corporation), Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) T…

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AAO issues Binding Precedent Decision on P-3 Visa Petition The USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) has issued a binding precedent decision addressing the term unique" and its significance in the adjudication of petitions for per…

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R-1 Religious Workers Can Recapture Time Spent Outside the U.S. The USCIS has recently issued a Policy Memorandum outlining the procedure to be used for recapturing time spent outside the US by R-1 nonimmigrants when seeking an extension of their R nonimmigrant status.
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New DOS Rule to allow L Visas to be issued for up to 5 years DOS has passed a new rule that permits the issuance of L visas with validity periods based on the visa reciprocity schedule, which for certain countries, can be for a period up to 5 years. Under the current DOS re…

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Report suggests dramatic increase in denials of H-1B and L-1 petitions by USCIS A recent report of the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), a non-profit, public policy research organization based in Arlington, Virginia, suggests that there has been a dramatic increase in denials of…

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USCIS to allow bundled filings for L-1 petitions USCIS has, in a communication to stakeholders, informed that if petitioners bundle multiple L-1B petitions related to the same project, where the location and the specialized knowledge duties of the beneficiaries …

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Chennai Consulate to be the Sole Blanket L Visa Processing Center in India The US Embassy in New Delhi has announced that starting December 1, 2011, the US Consulate General in Chennai will be the sole Blanket L cat…

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ALJ approves Settlement Agreement in Prince George's County H-1B Teachers case On September 20, 2011, the Office of the Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) of the U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, DC, issued a Decision and Order approving a Settlement Agreement between the Administrator of t…

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DOL postpones the effective date for final rule concerning H-2B wage methodology The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a 60-day postponement of the effective date for the final rule concerning the wage methodology for the Temporary Non-Agricultural Employment H-2B program, postponing the…

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OFLC issues Q&As regarding delays in issuing PWD and H1B LCAs On September 12, 2011, the Office of Foreign labor Certification (OFLC) issued Questions and Answers regarding the delays in issuing Prevailing Wage Determinations (PWD) and H-1B Labor Condition Applications (LCA)…

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USCIS publishes Final Rule establishing Transitional Worker Classification for workers in CNMI USCIS has recently published a final rule that establishes a Transitional Worker (CW) classification for workers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The CW classification allows employers in the…

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The H1B Visa and EB-2 Green Card for Entrepreneurs and Start-up Companies On August 2, 2011, the Obama Administration and USCIS outlined a series of initiatives to continue to promote start-up enterprises and spur job creation in the U.S. Under these initiatives, which are aimed at stimulati…

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USCIS updates FAQs on Establishing the Relationship in H-1B Petitions Under the recently announced USCIS' initiatives to promote startup enterprises and spur job creation, USCIS has clarified that entrepreneurs with an ownership stake in their own companies, including sole employees, may…

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Senate Approves Strict Rules on Hiring H1-B Workers The U.S. Senate agreed on Friday to set restrictions on the hiring of H-1B workers by financial services firms that receive federal bailout funds, but it didn't bar the hiring of foreign workers as proponents had sought.

U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) had pr…

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Important Changes and Clarifications for the H1B Application Process U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued clarifying regulations
today, explaining how exactly the H-1B
application process will be handled this year. Some important changes have been
announced to th…

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USCIS Offers Helpful Hints for Filing a FY 2009 H1B Cap Case U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), anticipates that April 1, 2008
will see a repeat of the mass filings from last year. With this expectation USCIS
has published this list of measures the petitioner can take to ensure that their
petition is correctly filed.

For Fisca…

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Common H1B Errors Leading to Rejections and Denials U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a statement showing
the common errors leading to petition rejections or denials. This is a list of
the most frequently seen and easily cured mistakes.

Incorrect Fees

Frequently, petitioners miscalcu…

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USCIS to Issue Regulation on Multiple H1B Filings The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will soon issue an interim final regulation that will prohibit employers from filing more than one H-1B petition on behalf of a single foreign national. The regulation is…

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Premium Processing Service suspended for R1 applications U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has temporarily suspended Premium Processing Service for I-129 petitions seeking R-1 nonimmigrant visa classification filed with the USCIS. Premium Processing Service guarantees that within 15 calendar days of receipt of a petition, USCIS will issue …

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President signs Omnibus Appropriations Act; USCIS to implement the new law New law changes aspects of the temporary work program

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that President
Bush has signed the Omnibus Appropriations Act for FY 2005, which contains provisions
affecting the H-1B and L nonimmigrant visa catego…

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USCIS notifies H1B processing procedure The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a notice explaining
how it will process H-1B petitions for new employment for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005
now that it is clear that the demand for H-1B workers will exceed the statutory
numerical limit (the cap) for H-1B nonimmigran…

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DOL notifies interim final rule on H1B1 Labor Condition Applications The Department of Labor (Department or DOL) is amending its regulations related to the temporary employment of foreign professionals to implement procedural requirements applicable to a new visa category–the H-1B1 visa. The H-1B1 visa permits the temporary entry and employment in the United States …

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Congress passes L1 and H1B Reform Law The Fiscal Year 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Bill was approved by both the House
and Senate on November 20, 2004. The Bill introduces many changes in the existing
provisions relating to work visas, such as: restoration of One-Year experience
requirement for L-1 Blanket entrants; re-institution …

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USCIS announces FY 2005 H2B Processing Numbers reflect cases received as of November 1, 2004

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has
received H-2B petitions for 33,153 beneficiaries counting against the statutory
visa cap for fiscal year 2005 (October 1, 2004 through S…

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Actuaries and Plant Pathologists included under NAFTA DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Adding Actuaries and Plant Pathologists to Appendix 1603.D.1 of the North American
Free Trade Agreement

AGENCY: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS.

ACTION: Final rule…

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The show is over; USCIS reaches H1B Cap U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received enough H-1B petitions to
meet the congressionally-mandated cap for fiscal year 2005. Congress has set an
annual H-1B cap of 65,000 of which 6,800 a…

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DOL issues guidance on H2B visas Supplemental Guidance for Labor
Certification Process for Temporary Employment of Nonimmigrant Workers in the
United States (H-2B Workers); Fiscal Year (FY) 2005

AGENCY: Employment and Training Administratio…

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USCIS announces FY 2005 H1B Petition filing Status Numbers
Reflect Cases Received As Of August 18th

Washington, D.C.U.S. Citizenship and Immigration

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