USCIS announced October 3, 2017 that it is resuming premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions. This means that employers may convert all pending H-1B petitions to the expedited review process by paying an extra $1,225 for each petition and filing the required form. Please contact SPS Immigration if you have questions on how this […]
The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) has made several revisions to the Foreign Affairs Manual (“FAM”) directly reflecting the “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order (“EO”) 13788 that was signed by President Trump in April 2017. The FAM is the authoritative source containing policies and procedures to guide DOS consular officers to effectively carry out […]
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) just announced that it will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions, effective immediately. USCIS confirmed that starting today, July 24th, 2017, it will resume premium processing for the following H-1B petitioners:
- Institutions of higher education;
- Nonprofits related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education;
- Nonprofit research or governmental […]
The Star Tribune publishes Attorney Sam Myer and Sarah Peterson’s Counterpoint explaining how the H-1B Program already contains significant employer-paid fees to train US workers. The H-1B program also contains significant US worker protections. The piece urges us to be informed on the parameters of the existing program so that we can have informed conversations on important improvements, […]
On April 18th, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order (“EO”) titled, “Buy American And Hire American.” President Trump states that the intent of this EO is to “create higher wages and employment rates for workers in the United States, and to protect their economic interests.” While this is, and should always be, the foundation […]
On April 17th, 2017, USCIS announced that it ran the FY 2018 H-1B cap lottery. USCIS confirmed that it received only 199,000 H-1B cap petitions for the 85,000 available slots. This figure is a substantial decrease from FY 2017 when USCIS received 236,000 Petitions. USCIS also reiterated that it is still implementing a ban on […]
Klobuchar, Collins, Heitkamp Urge U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to Continue Premium Processing for Doctors Participating in the Conrad 30 Program
Today Senators Klobuchar, Collins, Heitkamp urged U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) to Continue Premium Processing for Doctors Participating in the Conrad 30 Program. These Senators have championed the fight for strong immigration policies for International Medical Graduates (“IMGT”) and we are thrilled to see their leadership on this issue.
On Friday, March 3, USCIS announced […]
USCIS just announced that it is suspending the premium processing option for all H-1B Petitions, starting April 3, 2017. This includes all FY18 H-1B Cap cases and all H-1B cases that are cap exempt.
SPS Immigration urges employers who know of H-1B transfer cases or H-1B extension cases to file prior to March 30, 2017 to […]
On November 18, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security issued final regulations that will change a number of provisions relating to high-skilled immigration. The new rules become effective January 17, 2017. The regulations offer several positive improvements, and they also codify many of the policy positions and interpretations that USCIS has developed over the […]
On Tuesday, May 2, 2016, USCIS announced that it has completed data entry of all FY2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in its computer-generated random process. USCIS will now begin to return H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. USCIS is not providing a definite time frame for returning H-1B Petitions that were not selected in the lottery but […]