Category US Visa

USCIS Will Begin Accepting H-1B Petitions for FY17 on April 1, 2016

Beginning April 1, 2016, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions that are subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 cap. These visas are designed for U.S. businesses to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering and computer programming. Read about […]

Delay in Production of Green Cards and EADs

USCIS has confirmed that the card production facility in Corbin, Kentucky, is undergoing maintenance, and that all card production work was transferred to the facility in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. As a result, there is a backlog of cases in Lee’s Summit, and clients may not receive their cards until two to three weeks after approval […]

USCIS to Discontinue Legacy e-Filing System

In an effort to maintain data security standards and focus on transitioning to the Electronic Immigration System (ELIS), USCIS will discontinue the legacy e-Filing system on September 20, 2015; however, the last date to start new forms in the e-Filing system is August 30, 2015. The e-Filing system has long provided online filing for several USCIS […]

Premium Processing Resumes for Extension of Stay H-1B Petitions

Starting today, USCIS has announced that the Premium Processing service for H-1B extension of stay petitions has resumed. The Department of Homeland Security will now continue accepting H-1B petitions with requests for Premium Processing service, filed with Form I-907. The temporary suspension allowed for USCIS to implement the Employment Authorization for certain H-4 dependent spouses final […]

U visa, Violence Against Women Act, VAWA, Immigrant Women, Immigration Services, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, Violence

California Advances Bill to Help Immigrant Crime Victims

On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, the California Senate Public Safety Committee advanced a bill that will help undocumented immigrants in California, who are violent crime victims, apply for special U visa status to allow them to stay in the United States. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants U Visa status to undocumented immigrants who […]

USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Lottery for FY 2016

On April 7, 2015 the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for the Fiscal Year 2016. USCIS also announced that it had received more than the 20,000 limit of H-1B petitions that were filed under the advanced degree […]

H-1B Work Visa Season is Here, Apply Now!

Every year beginning on April 1, the Department of Homeland Security begins accepting new work visa petitions from U.S. employers seeking to employ foreign high-skilled workers. These high skilled temporary workers may begin working on a H-1B visa starting on October 1 – the beginning of the new Fiscal Year. The United States Citizenship and […]

USCIS to Begin Accepting H-1B Petitions on April 1, 2015

Our U.S. Immigration Attorneys in Los Angeles are pleased to announce that beginning on April 1, 2015 USCIS will begin accepting H-1B applications for the Fiscal Year 2016 cap. The H-1B visa program is designed for U.S. businesses to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require highly specialized knowledge and degrees in fields such […]

Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B

Effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 nonimmigrant dependents of H-1B workers who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident status. The director of USCIS amended the regulations to allow these H-4 dependent spouses to accept authorized employment in the United States. “Allowing the spouses […]

January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plays an active role in the protection of victims of human trafficking, who often times are vulnerable people tricked into modern-day slavery and forced against their own will. Traffickers will often use their victim’s immigration status, or lack-there-of, to threaten victims into submission. Our Los Angeles immigration attorneys […]