Immigration and Firm News

Premium Processing Extension Requests Update On July 13, 2015, USCIS resumed premium processing of H-1B extension request petitions. Previously, on May 19, 2015, USCIS announced that it would not process H-1B premium processing extension requests filed between May 26, 2015 and July 27, 2015 so that it could work on the new H-4 work authorization applications that began May 26, 2015.  (See a previous blog post about the new H-4 work authorization (EAD) program for certain spouses of H-1B … [Read more...]

Below is a summary of the various Executive Actions announced by President Obama on November 20, 2014 concerning legal immigration to the USA.  Most of the press coverage has been about the hot-button topic of what to do with the millions of people who are in the USA already in undocumented status. There has been virtually no coverage of the President's plans concerning legal immigration.  While he is constrained by Congressional statute and Congressional inaction to fix legal immigration, there … [Read more...]

DHS has issued proposed regulations to allow the spouses of H-1B workers to apply for work authorization. The public has until July 11, 2014 to comment. Comments can be emailed to using in the subject line "DHS docket number USCIS-2010-0017" or by commenting online using the preceding docket number to search. The purpose of the regulation is to address "personal and economic hardship for the families of H-1B nonimmigrants the longer they remain in the United States" … [Read more...]