Immigration Attorney Mark Rhoads Speaks at NACE 2019 Conference

Immigration attorney and McCandlish Holton firm President, Mark B. Rhoads, presents at the 2019 annual conference and expo of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), in Orlando, Florida, on June 4, 2019. His topic is: "Immigration Made Easy: A Practical Guide to U.S. Work Visas." Mark's presentation will provide practical guidance regarding the typical work visa options available to allow international grads to work in the Unites States, including H-1B, and other options that may be available.

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E-2 Treaty Investor Visa Now Available to Citizens of Israel

After years of negotiations between the U.S. and Israeli governments, the E-2 treaty investor visa will be available to Israeli citizens as of May 1, 2019.  The E-2 visa is a valuable option which allows entrepreneurs to remain in the U.S. to manage investments they have made in either purchasing or starting a business.  The E-2 also allows Israeli companies that have invested in U.S. operations to hire Israeli workers for executive, supervisory, or essential-skills positions.  Spouses of E-2 visa holders are eligible to work for any employer in the U.S.

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USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap for FY 2020

The US Citizenship & Immigration Services has met the H-1B visa cap for both the “regular” quota of 65,000 and the “advanced degree” quota of 20,000 for fiscal year 2020. 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.

The USCIS alert reads as follows:

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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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