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Sessions announced that the 2012 Memo implementing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program has been rescinded by the Trump administration.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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Immigration Interviews now required for Employment-Based Green Cards

September 1, 2017 — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has announced a new Trump administration policy to require in-person immigration interviews for employment-based green card cases, in the name of what the Trump administration calls “extreme vetting.”  The policy will require in-person interviews for employment-based green card applicants (who currently do not require interviews except in rare circumstances) and for family members of asylum and refugee grantees (primary asylum applicants are already routinely interviewed).

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McCandlish Holton Morris named Top 21 Immigration Firms in the Washington DC area

Congratulations to the Immigration Pratice Group of McCandlish Holton Morris for being named to the Top 21 Immigration Firms in the Washington DC area. Expertise.com scored immigration lawyers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to produce a hand-picked list of the best immigration lawyers in Washington DC. 

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Jennifer Minear Named Second Vice President of AILA

Jennifer Minear was elected to serve as the AILA Second Vice President for the 2017-2018 term. Ms. Minear is a director in the Immigration Practice Group, where her practice focuses on employment-based immigration, with a particular emphasis on the healthcare sector, including J-1 waiver and green card processing for foreign medical graduates.

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Business Immigration Alert: Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap Update

On Monday, April 17, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it received approximately 199,000 H-1B petitions during the first five business days of April (April 3-7, 2017) exceeding the statutory cap on available H-1B slots. As a result, USCIS conducted a random computer generated selection process, or “lottery,” to determine which H-1B petitions filed during this period would be accepted.

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