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US Government Seeking to Change H-1B Visa Eligibility Requirements

The United States government under the Trump Administration has promised since 2017 that it would change the definition of “specialty occupation” as used to determine H-1B visa eligibility. 

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Trump Restrictions on H-1B Visas Survive Early Court Fight

The Trump administration’s move to curtail H-1B visas widely used by foreign technology workers in the U.S. survived an initial court challenge.

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International Students Facing COVID-19 Barriers

2020 has delivered many unexpected surprises, with COVID-19 remaining a primary concern. After being classified as a pandemic, this rapidly-spreading virus forced various sectors of the economy to shut down. 

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September 2020 Immigration Alert

Updates to USCIS Policy on New Forms, Premium Processing, and Filing Fee Increases Take Effect on October 2, 2020

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DHS Proposal Would Expand Biometrics Collection and Use for Immigration Enforcement

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed a regulation that focuses on the expansion of the collection and use of biometric data in the enforcement

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Forthcoming DOL Rule Expected to Raise H-1B, E-3, H-1B1 and PERM Wage Minimums

The Department of Labor (DOL) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a fast- tracked regulation to restructure wage levels and requirements in the H-1B, H-1B1, E-3 and PERM programs

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September 2020 Visa Bulletin – Last for Fiscal Year; Not Much Forward Movement

The U.S. State Department has just released the September 2020 Visa Bulletin which is the last Visa Bulletin for the FY2020 fiscal year.

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Reminder: F-1 OPT Cap-Gap Employment with Pending H-1B Valid Only Until September 30th

This year’s busy H-1B cap season included many H-1B employee candidates who hold F-1 status and who are employed in the U.S. pursuant to F-1 optional practical training (OPT) status.   

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Temporarily extend the 60-Day H1B Visa Grace period to 180 Days.

The Covid-19 situation is getting worse with massive lay-offs expected. The economic conditions may have a significant impact on H1B Workers.

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I-9 Flexibility Continued for Another 60 Days, Until November 19, 2020

Days before the upcoming deadline, ICE has announced it is extending the remote virtual verification option for completion of I-9 employment verification an additional 60 days

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