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How to find the correct prevailing wage level for your H-1B petition [2021]

Are you trying to find the prevailing wage for your H-1B visa? The new 2021 H-1B Cap Registration rule requires you to state the prevailing wage level (1,2,3 or 4) the offered salary will be above. In this article, we will show you how to find the correct prevailing wage level for your H-1B petition. … Read more

Visa Bulletin For January 2021

EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCES For Employment-Based Preference Filings:For all employment-based preference categories, you must use the Final Action Dates chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for January 2021. First:  Priority Workers:  28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required for fourth and fifth preferences. Second:  Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons … Read more

National Interest Exceptions (NIE) for H-1B and L-1 Visas – (2021)

On Aug. 12 2020, the U.S. Department of State released guidance on national interest exceptions (NIEs) to the June 22 proclamation. As they pertain specifically to H-1B and L-1 visas, the following exceptions may be applicable. H-1B Applicants Public health or healthcare professionals, or researchers seeking to travel to alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 … Read more

Good news on delayed EADs

Due to the extraordinary and unprecedented COVID-19 public health emergency, the production of certain Employment Authorization Documents (Form I-766, EAD) is delayed. As a result, employees may use Form I-797, Notice of Action, with a Notice date on or after December 1, 2019 through and including August 20, 2020 informing an applicant of approval of … Read more

August 2020 Visa Bulletin

FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCES First: (F1) Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens:  23,400 plus any numbers not required for fourth preference. Second: Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents:  114,200, plus the number (if any) by which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, plus any unused first preference numbers: A. (F2A) Spouses and Children … Read more

When should you file an Appeal to the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO).

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When a USCIS Service Center denies an employment-based visa petition you often have 2 options: Refile a new petition with USCIS File an Appeal to the AAO There are certain situations where refiling with USCIS is not an option. Advantages of Filing an Appeal to the AAO: You can use the administrative review process to … Read more

USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests [July 1st, 2020]

From uscis.gov on July 1st 2020. In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020, to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to certain: Requests for Evidence; Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14); Notices of Intent to Deny; Notices of Intent to … Read more

USCIS H-1B June 17, 2020 – Policy Memorandum – Determining Employer – Contracts and Itineraries Requirements for H-1B Petitions – Employer / Employee Relationship

Direct Link to USCIS: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office of the Director (MS 2000) Washington, DC 20529-2000 June 17, 2020   PM-602-0114 Policy Memorandum SUBJECT:    Rescission of Policy Memoranda Purpose U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is rescinding two policy memoranda regarding the adjudication of certain petitions for H-1B nonimmigrant classification Background USCIS is rescinding … Read more

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Certain Petitions

From USCIS.gov on 5/29/20: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that it will resume premium processing for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, in phases over the next month. Effective June 1, 2020, USCIS will accept Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for all eligible Form I-140 petitions. Effective June 8, USCIS will accept premium processing requests for: … Read more