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USCIS lengthens timeline for regulation that will increase immigration fees

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is expected to reopen and extend the public comment period for a proposed regulation that would significantly increase immigration-related government filing fees.

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USCIS to conduct webinar on H-1B online registration process

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that it will hold a webinar on the new H-1B online registration process for employers filing cap petitions this season.

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Expect More Restrictions on H-1B Visas in 2020

Given what has happened so far, we agree with a recent article published by Forbes that 2020 is unlikely to be an improvement over 2019 for companies that hire foreign-born scientists and engineers on H-1B visas,

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ICE Makes Worksite Visits to Employers With International Student Employees on STEM OPT

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers are visiting workplaces to check on the student employees who are in their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Optional Practical Training (OPT).

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The New H1B Program And Cap Gap.

These changes will have a significant impact on F-1 nonimmigrants that are on OPT/STEM OPT that seek to utilize cap-gap to extend their OPT/STEM OPT work authorization until September 30 of the same year in which their H-1B is filed unless the H-1B is denied or withdrawn.

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The Devil is in the Details: Meeting the Criteria for an H-1B Visa Continues to Become More Difficult

It’s not getting any easier to persuade the government that your worker is eligible for an H-1B visa.

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How to Handle Specialty Occupation H-1B RFEs?

Best Strategies to Handle Specialty Occupation RFEs 

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Broad Education Requirements Can Result in H1B Denials

As stakeholders are no doubt aware, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) under the Trump Administration has taken a narrow view of the educational requirements that are permitted for a position to be considered a specialty occupation for H1B purposes. 

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Avoid These 3 Reasons for H-1B Denials

More than a third of employers' H-1B visa petitions in 2018 received requests for evidence (RFEs) from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), as denial rates grew and approval rates fell.

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