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On May 1st, 2017, it was announced that Congress would again be dodging a “government shutdown” bullet by passing a federal spending bill known as the. Often referred to as an “omnibus bill” or a “stop gap” measure, this approach funds the federal government in full until individual annual agency budgets can be determined. This most recent measure provides the federal government with an impressive one trillion dollars until the end of its current fiscal year on September 30, 2017. In addition to allotting varying amounts of money to different agencies, there are often new or changed regulations as to how these agencies will operate and spend their funds. So now that Washington is funded for the next few months, how will the agencies governing immigration and their policies be affected?Read More#2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act, #Consolidated Appropriations Act, #federal spending, #federal spending and immigration, #federal spending bill, #immigration law, #immigration law attorney, #immigration law firm
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 3 that all data entry for FY 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been completed.Â Only 65,000 applicants for a general H-1B nonimmigrant visa would be accepted for this fiscal year through the computer-generated random selection process, or lottery. For those not selected for an H-1B visa, the USCIS will reject and return all unselected petitions with their filing fees.Read More#h-1b, #H-1B visa, #H-1B visa attorney, #h-1b visa attorneys, #h-1b visa law firm, #H-1B Visa lawyer
With Trump’s new “Buy American and Hire American” executive order comes concern across the nation from those who would potentially be affected by it. However, is there any real cause for concern from this latest executive order?
Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American” executive order is the administration’s latest efforts at attempting to reform the H-1B program, a program that allows high-skilled non-immigrants to come to America from other countries to work. This is a temporary work visa, with workers being able file for renewal or extension to continue working in America. Fitting with Trump’s overall campaign and administrative theme of “America First”, this new executive order may sound scary to those that it would have the greatest impact on- high-skilled workers employed by US Companies across the country, especially in high-tech. However, what effects will this actually have on H-1B holders?
In actuality, this “Buy American and Hire American” proposal can be looked at as a microcosm of Trump’s entire presidency thus far- “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”. Though it may sound like drastic measures from an administration that apparently lives by drastic measure, in reality these proposals are modest and bring no real change on their own.Read More#Buy America, #buy America and hire American, #hire American, #immigration attorney, #immigration attorneys, #immigration law firm, #immigration lawyer, #immigration lawyers, #Trump Executive Proposal
There are rumors about the H-4 EAD for spouses of H-1B visa holders and they are not entirely accurate. There is a freeze on judgments for the visas while there is a lawsuit in court over the legality of the stance. The government is fighting back against the lawsuit, and H-4 EAD for spouses cannot be approved while the court rules on it. This article explains why the myth is concerning for those coming to America, and it may frighten anyone who is already in the country.
#1: The Freeze Stops Everything
The freeze stops nearly everything in the system related to the processing of H-4 EAD visas, and anyone who is looking for an H-4 EAD visa cannot begin the process. Anyone who is already in the system will find they must wait for the judgment to come down on the case. They will wait while the visa is suspended, and they may call the government for help staying in the process while they are waiting. There are many people who may believe they cannot apply again and there are more who are afraid their applications will be kicked out of the system. The simple fact is that the government is only on hold while the court case is pending.Read More#H-4 EAD, #H-4 EAD attorney, #H-4 EAD for spouses of H-1B visa holders, #H-4 EAD freeze, #H-4 EAD lawyer, #H-4 EAD litigation, #H-4 EAD rumors, #immigration attorney, #immigration law, #immigration lawyer
On March 3, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) decided to suspend H-1B visas premium processing. The department has stated that the suspension may last for about six months but it is unclear how long the suspensionÂ will ultimately last. The USCIS claims that the suspension is a move to speed up all of the incoming applications that they have received so far. However, it does not take effect until April 3rd, which is the next application opening period.
About H-1B Premium Processing
H-1B visas premium processing takes on average as little as a month. The suspension, scheduled to take effect on April 3rd, will take away the option of allowing highly skilled immigrant workers to find out if they have been approved that quickly. Financial Times has stated that this could cause a delay for up until August or September. Mark Zuckerbergâ€™s FWD.us, a technology lobbying group, has been seeking to expand on the program.Read More#H-1B premium processing, #H-1B Visa premium processing, #H-1B Visas Premium Processing, #H-1B Visasa, #work visas