Jennifer Minear Interviewed by National Public Radio

McCandlish Holton director, Jennifer Minear, was recently interviewed by National Public Radio about the impact of the Trump administration’s travel ban on foreign students in the U.S.

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Jennifer Minear Interviewed in Mother Jones

Firm Director Jennifer Minear was recently interviewed in Mother Jones regarding changes in the adjudication of employment-based immigration petitions.

“We had already been seeing upticks in challenges by the government to legitimate petitions, denial of legitimate petitions, and crazy interpretations of the laws”

Read the full article here.

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Jennifer Minear Interviewed in Forbes

Firm Director Jennifer Minear was interviewed in Forbes today regarding the new USCIS policy. 

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Jennifer Minear Lobbied for Immigration Reform in Washington, D.C.

 

 McCandlish Holton Director, Jennifer Minear, serves as second Vice President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). On Thursday, April 12, Jennifer participated in AILA's National Day of Action, lobbying lawmakers on Capitol Hill for productive immigration reform.  She is pictured here with House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D) of Maryland and other AILA members.

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H-1B Lottery Completed

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued the following announcement:

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H-1B Quota Reached

The US Citizenship & Immigration Services has reached the H-1B visa cap for both the “regular” quota of 65,000 and the “advanced degree” quota of 20,000 for fiscal year 2019. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap.

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US CIS Suspends Premium Processing for H1-B "Cap" Petitions

The United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (US CIS) has announced that it is suspending 15 day premium processing for H1-B cap cases filed on April 2, 2018 for the FY 2019 quota year, which commences on October 1, 2018.   Note that only H1-B cap cases are unable to premium.  H1-B extensions, transfers and cap exempt employers can still file cases using 15 day premium processing.  A link to the US CIS announcement is below:

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Administration Backs Off Proposal to Eliminate Extension of H-1B Visas Beyond 6 Year Limit

For weeks, rumors have been circulating that U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) planned to eliminate extensions of stay for H-1B workers beyond the normal 6 year limit.  Current law allows H-1B workers to extend their H-1B status beyond the normal 6 year limit if (1) they have an application for permanent residence that has been pending for at least 1 year, or (2) they are unable to complete the green card process because of limited “per country” quotas on green card issuance. 

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USCIS has Resumed Premium Processing for All H1B Petitions

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2017— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing today for all H-1B visa extension of stay petitions. Premium processing is now available for all types of H-1B petitions.

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Summary of DACA Changes Announced 9/5/17

September 5, 2017— Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the 2012 Memo implementing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program has been rescinded by the Trump administration. The withdrawal will be implemented over the course of the next six (6) months. The Department of Homeland Security has released an implementation memo and will release an FAQ later today outlining the following details:

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