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H-1B Visas for FY 2020: USCIS Announces Filing Date, Updates, & Changes

Along with the filing date for cap-subject fiscal year 2020 H-1B specialty occupation visas, USCIS has announced a number of other important changes and updates to the program.

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USCIS Validity Rule Change for Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record

An outline of what has been modified in evaluating a Form I-693 medical examination report’s validity and how forms submitted before and after the policy change are affected.

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L-1 Intracompany Transfer Visa: USCIS Announces a Restrictive New Interpretation

A new USCIS memo introduces changes to the L-1 Intracompany Transfer Visa’s requirements that could very well result in severe complications concerning one’s eligibility for the benefit.

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DHS’s Proposed Changes to the H-1B Visa Lottery Process

DHS has proposed rule changes that will significantly impact the H-1B Specialty Occupation Visa program, namely the process petitioners will apply under and the order by which applications will be selected.

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USCIS's Changes to Unlawful Presence for Exchange Visitors and Students

Some considerations and tips for avoiding lasting consequences due to changes in the accrual of unlawful presence for F and M students and J exchange visitors.

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A More In-Depth Look at USCIS's New NTA Policy Memorandum

Here we take a look at some of the more minute details and effects of USCIS’s Notice to Appear (NTA) policy memorandum, as well as how it may work out in certain situations.

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New USCIS Policy on Issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs)

A new USCIS memo has gone into effect modifying its policy pertaining to the issuance of Notices to Appear before an immigration judge, or NTAs, in response to certain applications and circumstances.

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USCIS Gives Answers on New Security Measures for Document Delivery

With concern to its new policies on the secure delivery of important documents, USCIS has provided some clarification as to what these changes will demand of those affected by them.

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DHS Proposes the Removal of the International Entrepreneur Rule

After much foreshadowing, the Department of Homeland Security finally announces its proposed removal of the International Entrepreneur Rule.

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Change in the Accrual of Unlawful Presence for F, M and J Nonimmigrants

USCIS has issued a new memorandum modifying its policy in determining the accrual of unlawful presence for F nonimmigrant students, J nonimmigrant exchange visitors and M nonimmigrant vocational students.

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New Guidance on H-1B Petitions for Third-Party Site Workers

The H-1B specialty occupation visa process has undergone another overhaul, at least when it comes to third-party workers.

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Public Charge Rulemaking Draft Expands Grounds for Inadmissibility

Before, only non-cash oriented government programs would be weighed in determining one's likely status as a public charge. A new rule may change that.

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H-1B Wage Level 1 RFEs: Specific Actions to Take

USCIS has adopted the inappropriate practice of using wage levels to help determine whether a H-1B position is a specialty occupation. Here are some specific actions petitioners may take in securing a favorable outcome. 

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