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6 March 2017

Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions

On March 3, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed on or after April 3, 2017.  USCIS estimates this suspension may last up to six months. This temporary suspension only applies to H-1B petitions including ... Read More

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24 August 2016

Severe Backlogs in Adjudication of H-1B Extensions

Kathleen Grzegorek

Since Matter of Simeio Soutions, LLC, 26 I&N Dec. 542 (AAO 2015), requires employers to file an H-1B amendment in almost every instance of an employee changing job locations, the USCIS has been flooded with H-1B amendments and extensions. In effect, the processing times for all H-1B petitions have been ... Read More

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1 June 2016

Employer Obligations Related to the H-1B Labor Condition Applications and the H-1B Process

This article covers the basic procedures to obtain H-1B work authorization.  The H-1B petition process requires two basic actions.  First, the employer must apply to the Department of Labor for certification of a Labor Condition Application (LCA).  This is done electronically and generally takes one week.  Second, the petition for ... Read More

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