USCIS Announces Completion of Data Entry for FY2018 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions

Categories: H-1B Visas

On May 3, 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it completed the lottery selection process for all FY2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the computer-generated random process.  USCIS completed the data-entry for those cases selected and issued receipt notices accordingly.  Most employers will have received the appropriate I-797 receipt notices indicating the petition’s…

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Author: Philip Eichorn

Senate Confirms Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court

Categories: In the News

CNN reports that the Senate, after triggering the “nuclear option,” confirmed Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The vote was 54-45.  Judge Gorsuch’s record indicates that he plays the middle on immigration matters.  He neither a vigorously defends nor goes out of his way to criticize immigrants’ rights.  At times he has been sympathetic to…

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Author: Philip Eichorn

USCIS Expands Administrative Site Visits for H-1B Employers

Categories: H-1B Visas

USCIS indicates it will expand its H-1B and L-1 site visit program.  Since 2009 USCIS has conducted random administrative site visits.  The purpose of these visits is to review if employers and foreign workers are in compliance with their approved H-1B’s and L-1’s.  USCIS makes that determination in part by verifying wages, job duties and…

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Author: Philip Eichorn

USCIS Outlines H-1B Fraud and Abuse Factors.

Categories: Blog

Last week U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is committed to vigorously combating H-1B visa fraud and abuse.  Today, USCIS announced a list of  H-1B fraud and abuse factors on it’s website.  The purpose of USCIS platform on H-1B fraud and abuse is “[pr]otecting American workers by combating fraud in our employment-based immigration…

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Author: Philip Eichorn

Department of Labor Announces “Rigorous Use” of Authority on H-1B Program

Categories: H-1B Visas

On April 4, 2017, the Department of Labor announced actions it plans to rigorously enforce the H-1B regulations to ensure that American workers are not discriminated against.  This means an uptick in the use of existing authority to initiate investigations of H-1B program violators (including site visits, backwage complaints and other violations).  It also means…

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Author: Philip Eichorn