Tag: I-129

January 14, 2016

H-1B Employers Beware!

USCIS, January 13, 2016. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Public Law 114-113), signed into law by President Obama on December 18, 2015, increases fees for certain H-1B and L-1 petitioners. These petitioners must submit an additional fee of $4,000 for certain H-1B petitions and $4,500 for certain L-1A and L-1B petitions postmarked on or after […]

December 22, 2015

Practice Alert: L-1 and H-1B Supplemental Fee Increases

As a result of the FY2016 omnibus appropriations bill passed on December 18, 2015, the supplemental fees for L-1 and H-1B petitions are increasing for companies that employ 50 or more employees in the United States and have more than 50 percent of their U.S. workforce in H-1B, L-1A, or L-1B nonimmigrant status. Specifically, the […]

May 20, 2015

USCIS Alert: Premium Processing Temporarily Suspending for H-1B Extensions

Premium Processing service provides expedited processing for certain employment-based petitions and applications. Specifically, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) guarantees 15 calendar day processing to those petitioners or applicants who choose to use this service or USCIS will refund the Premium Processing Service fee. If the fee is refunded, the case will continue to receive […]

May 07, 2015

USCIS Returning H-1B Cap Petitions

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 4, 2015 that is has completed data entry of all fiscal year H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in their “computer-generated random process.” Therefore, they have started the process of returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. If you have not received a receipt […]

April 14, 2015

USCIS announced that it completed the H-1B Cap Lottery for FY2016

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received about nearly 233,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 1, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. On April 13, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough petitions to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and the […]

April 08, 2015

USCIS Message: H-1B Cap Reached

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on Monday afternoon that it has reached the H-1B cap for FY2016. Before running the lottery, USCIS will complete initial intake for all filings received during the filing period. USCIS will first randomly select petitions for the advanced degree exemption. All unselected advanced degree petitions will become […]