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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…

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What You Need to Know for Success in This Year’s H-1B Lottery

The Alcorn Immigration Law team’s H-1B season began in December. Since then, we’ve been working with employers preparing H-1B visa applications for the April lottery. Given the increased scrutiny, requests for evidence (RFEs), and denials these applications face, employers and H-1B candidates should focus on assembling the strongest petition they can. Delays, uncertainty about visa…

Our Success Rate Holds Steady Despite Jump in Immigration Application Denials

New data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) shows denials for all immigration benefits have increased sharply during the past year. Nevertheless, the Alcorn Immigration Law team has maintained its more than 95 percent client success rate. Denial rates for all immigration petitions during the first nine months of fiscal year 2018 (October 2017…

DIY Immigration Applications Dangerous Under New Policy

DIY Immigration Applications Carry Bigger Threat of Deportation Under New Policy

Under a new policy, if U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) denies a visa, an extension, or another immigration benefit, the agency will immediately begin deportation proceedings against the foreign national. That means doing it yourself now carries a higher risk of deportation. USCIS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP)…