2016 H1-B VISA Petitions will be accepted beginning April 1, 2015

USCIS Will Accept H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2016 Beginning April 1, 2015 WASHINGTON – On April 1, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2016 cap. U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering and computer programming. The congressionally mandated cap on H-1B…

Effective May 26, 2015, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status

  On February 21, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. DHS amended the regulations to allow these H-4 dependent spouses to accept employment in the United States.  The following press release…

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Update – Immigration – Deferrals

Please note that as things stand today, February 13, 2015 at 1:15 p.m. United States House of Representatives Republicans have made 2015 budget and funding for the Department of Homeland Security contingent on a roll back of the November 2014 Executive Action of President Obama.  This would mean that the expanded availability of Deferred Action would no longer be available.  The current language in the House Republicans budget bill to roll back the…