All posts by Jon Velie

H-1B Season Recap

As H-1B visa receipts trickle in, here is a recap of the 2019 filing season. An uptick in H-1B visa applications for FY 2020 For the first time in two years, USCIS received just over 200,000 H-1B

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U.S. Employers Seeking Seasonal Workers Granted Temporary Relief

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) have released 30,000 additional H-2B visas for the second half of FY 2019. The extra permits are available only to American

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A Complete Guide to the L1 Visa

The L1 visa is an intra-company transfer work visa that allows a U.S. company to transfer executives, managers and specialized employees from one of its offices abroad into the United

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Updated legislation for the Regional Center Program

Updated legislation for the Regional Center Program that focuses on the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program could be released this month. The EB-5 program is a permanent program written into law in 1990.

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District Judge Halts the Policy of Sending Asylum Seekers back to Mexico While They Wait for Their Cases to be Heard

On Monday, April 8, 2019, U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco blocked the recent policy of returning to Mexico the Central-American asylum seekers awaiting adjudication of their requests

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USCIS: H-1B Cap Season Starts April 1, Early Applications to Be Rejected, Premium Processing Prioritizes I-129s Filing Change of Status

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new two-phased procedure for premium processing of H-1B applications to prioritize FY 2020 cap-subject petitions. Phase one will

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Highly Skilled Foreign Workers Experience More Visa Denials and Delays

The Trump administration is deliberately focusing the national immigration debate around the southern border while quietly denying more applications and petitions from people seeking to enter the country

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What You Need to Know to Qualify for an O-1 Visa

The O-1 visa is a non-immigrant U.S. visa for people who demonstrate extraordinary ability in their field, such as arts, sport, business, education, or research. The O-1 visa is usually issued for

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H-1B Visa Lottery 2019-2020: Things to Know

Knowing which documents to submit for an H-1B visa petition is important. Equally important, however, is understanding how each document should be presented and how the petition will be evaluated.  The

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How Growing Backlogs Help Build an “Invisible Wall” Against Legal Immigration

In just one year, the backlog of applications submitted to the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) has doubled. The slowing processing times continue to cause undue anxiety and hinder

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