H-1B Extensions and RFEs

Maybe this scenario sounds familiar:  You file for an H-1B for an employee, and get it  approved for them to work for you for 3 years. At the end of the 3 years you file a renewal for your employees H-1B.  Instead of a straight approval this time, however, USICS requests additional evidence as, according to

EB-1A Extraordinary Ability: The Cold Hard Facts

Many times we hear from clients or prospective clients that a “friend” of theirs, who has much less in the way of credentials, was approved for an EB-1A.  Sometimes it was a  “friend of a friend” or a “relative”  or some other acquaintance who had the approval.  While I have no idea if these individual stories are

Are all Recommendation Letters Created Equal?

One of the most frequent questions we get from our clients is about the Letters of Recommendations needed for the self-sponsored applications (we actually call them Expert Review or Expert Opinion Letters). People want to know who the best referees are, what the letters need to say, etc. For the most part, people believe that

H-1B Process: The LCA

Every employer who wants to sponsor an immigrant for an H-1B has to file, and get certified, a Labor Condition Application (LCA).  But what is the LCA and why is it important?  The LCA has two specific purposes.  First, it is there to make sure that foreign workers are not paid wages that are lower

H-1Bs – Who has to pay?

Many employers would prefer not to pay for the H-1B process for their employees that they agree to sponsor.  It can be an expensive process, and it would ease the concern of many employers if they did not have to foot all of the bill.  Alternatively, some employers want to be able to recoup those fees

Updates on Government Shutdown and What it Means

Now that the government shutdown has happened I would like to update everyone as to what is happening with US agencies that deal with immigration:   1.  USCIS – they are up and running as normal EXCEPT for the e-verify system.  E-Verify is NOT working, and USCIS has already issued a statement on this and

Confidentiality of Documents and USCIS

USCIS Implements its new Customer Verification Program – Be prepared

Today USCIS is implementing its new customer verification program at all local offices.  Customers will now submit biometric data, specifically fingerprints and photographs, when appearing at USCIS offices for interviews or to receive evidence of an immigration benefit. In this way, USCIS is looking to combat fraud and improve its systems.  Be prepared for the

July Demand Data for EB2 and EB3 cut-off dates

The Department of State has once again released the demand data used to determine the July cut-off dates for the EB-2 and Eb-3 category. It is important to note that there are additional cases outside of these numbers that have not been counted (those who have already filed an I-485, for instance, are not included.

USCIS begins returning H-1B applications not Selected in Lottery

USCIS has begun returning H-1B application for cases that were not lucky enough to be picked for the random audit. If you do not recall, USCIS received more application in the first week of H-1B availability than it had visas for. Therefore, USCIS pooled all applications received during the first 5 business days and conducted

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