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Labor Department Will Not Extend COVID-19 Extension of Time to Respond to Inquiries and Recruit for PERM Filings

Employers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will no longer automatically receive additional time to respond to DOL inquiries. 

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Trump agency inches closer to issue of time-bound student visas

The Trump administration has inched closer to replacing the more liberal ‘duration of stay’ tenure for an international student, with a rigid ‘maximum period of authorised stay’, which will clearly indicate when students must leave the US. 

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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it resumed premium processing services in phases beginning on June 1.

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Filing Cap-Subject H1B Petition Via Successor-in-Interest Employer

If an H1B registration is selected in the lottery, ordinarily, only the employer that submitted the registration is eligible to file an H1B petition for the registrant.

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Return to work: Three tech jobs that companies will be trying to fill

Cybersecurity and cloud support will be among the most sought-after skills for businesses in the months following the COVID-19 pandemic and the extension of remote-working policies.

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Reminder: H-1B cap filing period closes end of this month

Companies filing H-1B cap petitions for fiscal year 2021 are reminded that the 90-day filing period closes at the end of June.

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An International Student’s Concerns

COVD-19 has caused worldwide concerns in the higher education space, especially in the middle of the ongoing decline in the number of international students studying at American universities.

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House GOP Immigration Letter Backs OPT For International Students

In a surprise twist to the political drama over potential new immigration restrictions, 21 House Republicans sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf urging support for Optional Practical Training (OPT) for international students.

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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing Services for Form I-129 and Form I-140 Petitions

On May 29, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will resume offering premium processing services for cases involving Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, in phases over the month of June.

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Many International Students Remain in U.S. Due to COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

Travel restrictions and visa limitations have prompted many current international students to remain in the U.S. rather than return home for the summer. 

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