New Proposed Rule to Change H-1B Lottery The Trump Administration has published a proposal to change the H-1B lottery process as soon as 2019. The aim of these changes is to more closely align the H-1B classification with President Trump’s Buy American Hire American (BAHA) Executive Order. The two primary changes would consist of: Employer […]
On October 12, 2018 Andrew H. Gee gave a presentation on immigration issues for international students at the University of Houston. See presentation below.
Pilot Program for Canadian L-1s Applying in Blaine, WA U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have announced a new pilot program for processing L-1 Canadian NAFTA petitions. This pilot program is limited to the Blaine, WA port of entry (POE) and is currently scheduled to run from April 30 […]
On Tuesday, marcha 20, 2018 the USCIS announced the temporary suspension of premium processing for all H-1 B Cap petitions for fiscal year 2019. The USCIS indicated it expects the suspension to last until September 10, 2018. While we normally do not recommend that our clients seek premium processing on H-1 Cap cases, there are […]
A recording of our webinar held on February 15, 2018 that covered the H-1B lottery process and best practices for filing H-1Bs under the Trump Administration.
Customs & Border Protection (CBP) recently announced a new procedure for travelers intending to enter the US by land in the issuance of an Arrival/Departure Record ( I-94). Under this new procedure, land entry travelers may apply and pay for their I-94 online up to seven days prior to their arrival in the US. Upon […]
On Ocotber 4, 2017 Andrew H. Gee and Tania Glowinski Gonzalez are speaking at a presentation on immigration issues for international students at the Rice University. See presentation below. Want to sign up to our newsletter? Email Address First Name Last Name Company Click here to download: http://www.gzimmigration.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2017-Updated-Rice-PPT.pptx
Starting October 1, 2017, USCIS will require in-person interviews for employment-based Adjustment of Status applicants. USCIS indicated on its website that the program will be phased-in, but no additional details have been provided regarding implementation. The most recent USCIS data indicates that approximately 122,000 persons obtained their permanent residency through employment-based Adjustment of Status in […]
On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced it will phase-out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Department of Homeland Security has published a memorandum and FAQ outlining the agency’s timeline for the phase-out over the next six months. Five key takeaways include: After September 5, 2017, initial requests for DACA […]
USCIS has begun denying advance parole when a person travels during their application’s pendency. The immigration service previously indicated it would not issue such denials when the applicant was otherwise permitted to travel during their adjustment. Unfortunately, the current administration’s new practice is likely to create more inconveniences for frequent travelers. This policy change will […]