News Update: New Countries Eligible for H-2A & H-2B Visa Programs

New countries eligible to participate in the H-2A & H-2B visa programs for 2015 Fiscal Year U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State (DOS), has added Austria, Italy, Panama, and Thailand to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to […]

News Update: L-1 USCIS Site Visits

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently acknowledged that its fraud detection and national security division will be making unannounced pre- and post-adjudication site visits at L-1 intracompany transferee petitioners. I believe the expansion of their verification program is a direct result of the Office of Inspector General’s report published in August 2013 listing many […]

News Update: Governmental Agencies Communicating

The Texas Department of Public Safety recently announced The Texas Department of Public Safety recently announced that before they will be issuing a valid driver’s license to a foreign national they will need verification from the USCIS SAVE verification process program of the individual’s legal status in the U.S. A problem has arisen when the […]

News Update: Encountering L Petition Problems

At the request of a number of senators and congressmen, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has reviewed the L intra-company transferee visas… At the request of a number of senators and congressmen, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has reviewed the L intra-company transferee visas issued over the past 10 years and has found […]

News Update: Reported Phone Scam

Reported USCIS Phone Scam The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently announced that they are aware of a telephone scam where applicants and petitioners are being contacted by phone. Apparently, the scammers have obtained a list of petitioners and applicants and have spoofed the caller ID system so it appears that the […]

News Update: H-1B Cap Update

H-1B Cap Update Between April 1, 2013 and April 5, 2013, USCIS received approximately 124,000 cap-subject H-1B petitions. On April 7, 2013, USCIS conducted a lottery to select a sufficient number of petitions for the caps of 65,000 for the general category and 20,000 under the advanced degree exemption limit. USCIS conducted the lottery for […]

News Update: FY 2014 H-1B Cap Reached

FY 2014 Annual H-1B Cap Reached USCIS announced this afternoon that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the H-1B cap for the 2014 fiscal year. The final day for petitions to be accepted was Friday, April 5, 2013 for both the regular cap and the U.S. Master’s cap. All H-1B petitions received after […]

News Update: Validity of Non-immigrant Visas

Validity of Non-immigrant Visas Recently, the U.S. State Department has changed the period of validity for various nonimmigrant visas when the alien is the citizen of a country that reciprocates and grants extended stays to U.S. citizens. However, it is imperative that the alien and their employer understand that the visa is actually only valid […]