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Immigration Update

In this edition, find the latest news on H-2B visas, agricultural workers, I-765 fees, and much more! DOL Amends Regulations on Certification for Temporary/Seasonal Nonimmigrant Agricultural Workers Effective June 28, 2024, the Department of Labor (DOL) is amending its regulations governing certification of temporary employment of nonimmigrant workers in temporary or seasonal agricultural work and […]

Immigration Update

In this edition, find the latest news on Schedule A expansion, the H-1B Cap registration, EB-5 audit measures, and much more! Expansion of Schedule A, Group II Definition to Support STEM Talent In a significant development for employers and individuals involved in the STEM fields, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced an […]

My I-526E for an Investment in a Rural Project Has Been Approved in 3-4 Months – Now What?

By Joey Barnett The EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 (“RIA”) created new EB-5 reserved visa set-aside categories which allow certain visa bearing nonimmigrants lawfully in the U.S. to concurrently file an adjustment of status application on Form I-485 with the Form I-526E, Immigrant Petition by Regional Center Investor. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration […]

Immigration Update

In this edition, find the latest news on H-2B Cap, Visa Final Action Dates, H-1B Registration, and much more! USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for Second Half of FY 2024, Announces Filing Dates for Supplemental Visas U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on March 8, 2024, that it has received enough petitions to meet the […]

5 Takeaways on EB-5 Visas from State Department’s FY 2023 Annual Report

By Joey Barnett The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) finally released its long-awaited Report of the Visa Office 2023 over the weekend.  In particular, we have been waiting for the release of Table V, which counts the full number of immigrant visa numbers issued in FY 2023 – both immigrant visas issued abroad by U.S. […]

Immigration Update

In this edition, find the latest news on E-Verify+ services, Premium Processing Fees, CIS Ombudsman tips, and much more! E-Verify to Pilot ‘Next Generation’ Service in Spring 2024 E-Verify announced on February 22, 2024, that it will launch its “next generation” service, E-Verify+, as a pilot in spring 2024. E-Verify said the “plus” in E-Verify+ […]


CONDITIONAL EB-5 PERMANENT RESIDENTS WHO FILE FORM I-829 REMOVAL OF PETITIONS BEFORE APRIL 1, 2024, CAN SAVE $5,775 By Joey Barnett This final rule increasing the government filing fee is effective April 1, 2024. Any benefit request postmarked on or after this date must be accompanied by the new fees established by this final rule. […]

Client Alert: USCIS Final Rule for FY 2025 H-1B Cap Registration

By Nathan Grow On February 2, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule titled Improving the H-1B Registration Selection Process and Program Integrity. The final rule, which will become effective March 4, 2024 focuses on enhancing integrity, reducing fraud, and ensuring fairness in beneficiary selection in this year’s H-1B lottery registration […]

Immigration Update

In this edition, find the latest news on DOS’ latest H-1B Guidance, DHS TPS and Student Relief, USCIS’ “Extraordinary Circumstances” and much more! DOS Provides Guidance, FAQs on Domestic Renewal of H-1B Visas for Certain Applicants The Department of State (DOS) has released guidance and frequently asked questions on its new pilot program to resume […]

5 Things to Know About the Proposed New EB-5 Filing Fee Increases

By Joey Barnett The White House received the final rule containing new USCIS fees on Monday, January 8, 2024, and the Final Fee Rule should be published within the next few weeks. USCIS has stated that a significant increase in immigration filing fees is necessary to costs and better manage its workload. Once published in […]

H-1B Cap Travel FAQ for F-1 Students

By Kimberley Best Robidoux Q: When is the H-1B cap registration period? A: It is expected to be the first two weeks of March 2024 but as of January 24, 2024 the specific dates have not yet been announced by USCIS. Q: If I am maintaining F-1 status, can I travel while my H-1B cap […]

Immigration Update

In this edition, find the latest news on USCIS’ Organizational Accounts, H-2B Visa Cap Reached, USCIS Filing Fees, and much more! USCIS to Launch Organizational Accounts, Enabling ‘Online Collaboration’ and Submission of H-1B Registrations U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to launch organizational accounts for non-cap filings and the fiscal year (FY) 2025 H-1B […]