Category: Employment Immigration

March 31, 2022

DHS to Supplement H-2B Cap with Additional Visas for Second Half of Fiscal Year 2022

The Department of Homeland Security today announced the forthcoming publication of a joint temporary final rule to make available an additional 35,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for fiscal year 2022. These additional visas will be set aside for U.S. employers seeking to employ additional workers on or after April 1, 2022, through Sept. 30, […]

March 29, 2022

USCIS Alert: FY 2023 H-1B Cap Season Updates

H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received enough electronic registrations during the initial registration period to reach the fiscal year (FY) 2023 H-1B numerical allocations (H-1B cap), including the advanced degree exemption (master’s cap). We randomly selected from among the registrations properly submitted to reach the cap. We […]

March 12, 2022

2022 H-1B Registration Process Ends March 18 – What You Should Do to Register Now

The H-1B visa program allows US companies to become employers for foreign employees that are taking on occupations that are specialized. These specialty occupations require the specialized knowledge of the candidate and are seen in positions such as  economist, scientist or engineer. There is a very limited number of visas available for new H-1B workers […]

March 01, 2022

H-2B Cap Reached for Second Half of FY 2022

From USCIS: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received enough petitions to meet the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2022. Feb. 25, 2022, was the final receipt date for new cap-subject H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date on or after April 1, 2022, and before Oct. 1, 2022. […]

February 07, 2022

USCIS Updates Guidelines on Maximum Validity Periods for New Employment Authorization Documents for Certain Applicants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today published updated policy guidance to change the maximum validity period that may be granted for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) issued to certain applicants, as well as to provide general guidance on adjudicating Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. Starting today, USCIS will generally grant new and renewed EADs that […]

January 28, 2022

FY 2023 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period Opens on March 1

From the USCIS U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year 2023 H-1B cap will open at noon Eastern on March 1 and run through noon Eastern on March 18, 2022. During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to complete and submit their registrations […]

December 13, 2021

Preparing Now for the FY2022-2023 H-1B Cap Registration Lottery

H-1B visas authorize highly educated non-citizen professionals to work for U.S. employers in specialty occupations.  Current law limits the number of new H-1B visas issued each fiscal year.  The H-1B quota  for this fiscal year is 65,000 for those who hold at least  a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. In addition, 20,000 H-1B visas are set […]

November 12, 2021

USCIS announces that H-4 EAD workers can now work while waiting for EAD Renewal and an EAD is no longer required for E-2 and L-2 Spouses to Work

In settlement of several lawsuits, the USCIS recently announced significant changes to its policy regarding employment authorization documents (EAD) for certain H-4, E-2, and L-2 dependent spouses.  The following policy guidance is effective as of November 12, 2021: The automatic extension rule will apply to  renewals of H-4, E-2, and L-2 EAD if (1) the […]

November 10, 2021

How EAD and Green Card Applicants Can Request a New or Replacement Social Security Card through USCIS Forms

Social security cards are available for certain immigrants, including those who have an employment authorization document (EAD) or green card.  Recently, the USCIS and the Social Security Administration (SSA) have made it a little easier for EAD and green card applicants to request a social security card.  These applicants no longer need to visit their local SSA office to […]