No More Visas for Biotech, AI, and Robotics?

The U.S. Commerce Department could place limits on which companies can sponsor H-1B and O-1A visas. Commerce is evaluating designating artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and other categories as “emerging technologies” that will be subject to export controls. That could pose challenges for tech startups founded by international entrepreneurs or those employing—or looking to employ—foreign talent. If…

Ozcan Cikmaz

International Entrepreneur Receives National Interest Green Card

Immigration yields innovation—and Ozcan Cikmaz’s story illustrates that perfectly. Ozcan’s startup has developed a phone app that identifies an individual’s migraine trigger and predicts when a migraine will hit. The technology will help the one billion migraine sufferers worldwide to more effectively monitor and manage this debilitating neurological disease.   Life-Altering Events Ozcan’s story begins…

H-4 EAD

USCIS Proposal to End Work Permits for H-4 Visa Holders Moves Forward

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has submitted its long-anticipated proposal to eliminate work permits for H-4 visa holders to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. That move marks the first step in the process of rescinding the H-4 EAD (Employment Authorization Document) program. Details of the proposal, including whether…

Premium Processing Resumes for H-1B Petitions for Now Photo by Saffu

Premium Processing Available for H-1B Petitions in April Lottery—But With Delay

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed premium processing for all H-1B petitions. However, USCIS will delay premium processing handling for H-1B petitions submitted for this year’s lottery, which opens on April 1.   Two Tracks for Premium Processing This year, only H-1B petitioners who are subject to the lottery and are requesting a…