New Opportunity to Request Reopening H-1B Petitions Previously Denied

On Friday, March 12, 2021 the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security announced H-1B petitions previously denied pursuant to one of three policies can now be requested to be reopened and reconsidered.  - Read More

Employment Authorization Announced for Venezuelans

On March 9, 2021, USCIS announced a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuelans for an 18-month period beginning March 9, 2021 through September 9, 2022. - Read More


The USCIS has announced that the initial registration period for H-1B petitions will run from March 9 through March 25, and that the 2021: H-1B wage-based selection process will not be implemented for the 2021 selection. - Read More

USCIS Announces New Guidance for Completing Form I-9

DHS has extended the COVID-19 compliance accommodations for Form I-9, and USCIS has issued new I-9 guidance concerning employees with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and for DACA recipients. - Read More

In a previous blog post, we noted the big changes coming for employment visas and H-1B’s based upon presidential proclamations issued last year.   In that post we noted some of the rules may be withdrawn or delayed by the new administration.  Here is the post-inaugural update. On January 20, 2021, White House Chief of Staff - Read More

Big Changes Coming for employment visas and H-1Bs: Why Now is the time to go forward.

There are many new developments regarding visa issuance and changes to H-1B’s.  Some of these changes will not become effective as originally put forward, but they may be implemented in a slightly different form. This year is a good time to petition for any anticipated H-1B needs. - Read More

Update on USCIS Biometrics Appointments

As you may know, one of the many obstacles we are experiencing is the extreme delay in obtaining biometrics appointments. Some applicants have even received approval notices of employment authorization cards but not received the card itself, because the government still needs to do the biometrics check. I want to share with you the latest - Read More

New Executive Order August 3, 2020 – Hiring Practices of Employers with Federal Contracts or Sub-Contracts Under Scrutiny

The president orders executive department and agency review of the use of foreign workers to perform certain government contracts in 2018 and 2019 to determine whether opportunities for US workers were affected. Learn more about this order. - Read More

Read about the proclamation, which not only suspends US entry for certain non-immigrants, it also rescinds employment authorization for many already in the US. - Read More

USCIS to Reopen Some Local Offices on June 4, 2020

The Seattle (Tukwila) USCIS office will open on June 4 for limited purposes (including interviews and naturalization); while other USCIS local offices may remain closed. Learn more. - Read More

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