Despite obstacles, FY2019 H-1B demand remains high

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 6, 2018 that it has reached its 65,000 annual cap for H-1B visas for upcoming FY2019, just five days after the H-1B filing season began on April 2, 2018. USCIS received approximately 190,000 FY2019 H-1B petitions, down only 9,000 from FY2018. USCIS also received enough …

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USCIS announces additional restrictions on certain H-1B petitions

USCIS announces additional restrictions on certain H-1B petitions

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new policy memorandum on February 22, 2018, that requires U.S. employers filing H-1B petitions for employees at third-party work sites to submit additional documents and evidence. The new restrictions mean H-1B petitioners will now have to show that the H-1B beneficiary has “specific and non-speculative qualifying …

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President Trump Creates a National Vetting Center

President Trump signed an order February 6, 2017, establishing a National Vetting Center to investigate new immigrants’ admissibility to the United States. The National Vetting Center’s mission is to collect, share and use information about people entering the United States, with the objective of identifying individuals who may be a security threat. The center will …

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DHS terminates TPS for El Salvador

The Department of Homeland Security announced January 8, 2018 that El Salvador’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation will terminate September 9, 2019. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said that the decision was made after reviewing whether the disaster-related conditions that the designation was based on continue to exist. Nielsen said that the TPS designation …

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DHS Nixes TPS for Nicaragua, Delays TPS Extension Decision for Honduras

Temporary Protected Status

The Department of Homeland Security announced in November, 2017, that it will terminate its Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for certain qualifying citizens of Nicaragua present in the United States. Elaine Duke, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, said that the effective date of the termination will be January 5, 2019, delayed by 12 months …

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President Trump outlines proposed changes to immigration law

The Trump administration released a list of immigration principles and policies on Oct. 8, 2017, that complicate negotiations with Democrats to protect young undocumented immigrants who have qualified for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to remain in the United States. President Trump’s list of principles details several policy positions, including completion of the …

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Trump administration rescinds DACA, looks to Congress for fix

On September 5, 2017, President Trump took action to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era policy that protected some young immigrants from deportation. President Trump gave Congress a six-month time limit to pass a legislative solution before DACA would formally end and expose its beneficiaries to deportation. Immigrants eligible for …

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Department of State Suspends Nonimmigrant Visa Issuance in Russia

Beginning August 23, 2017, the U.S. Department of State suspended all nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia. All appointments in Moscow were canceled until September 1, when the department said that visa operations would resume on a greatly reduced scale. The U.S. Mission to Russia said the action was necessary because of reduced staffing levels. In …

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