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Trump Signs Executive Order, Calls for Review of the H-1B Visa Program

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order called “Buy American, Hire American”, which ordered certain government agencies to review the laws and regulations that currently govern the H-1B program, in order to end fraud and abuse in the H-1B program and prioritize visa issuance for the highest-skilled workers. The executive order does

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USCIS Announces Total Petitions Received for FY 2018 H-1B Cap Season

USCIS Announces 199,000 Petitions filed for FY2018 H-1B Cap U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that they reached the cap as of April 7, 2017. And on April 17, 2017, they announced that they received a total of 199,000 H-1B petitions for the FY 2018. On April 11th they completed the lottery to select enough

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USCIS Announces Measures to Detect H-1B Visa Fraud and Abuse

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced multiple measures to further deter and detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse. According to USCIS, protecting American workers by combating fraud in employment-based immigration programs is a top priority. Starting this month, USCIS will take a more “targeted approach” and focus heavily on: Cases where USCIS cannot validate

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H-1B Cap Reached for FY 2018

USCIS just announced that they have reached the mandated 65,000 visa H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018. Here is the release: WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 visa H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa

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USCIS Final Rule Adds Greater Work Authorization Flexibility for Visa Holders and Green Card Applicants

Update, as of August 1, 2016: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently alerted 17-month STEM OPT holders that they can apply to add seven months to their STEM OPT period if they properly file their Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (with the required fee and signature) on or before August 8, 2016. USCIS will deny applications filed after

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