On January 27, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security announced that E-Verify will resume operations during the temporary reopening of the government. Employers who participate in E-Verify and who have hired employees when E-Verify was unavailable during the partial government shutdown must create an E-Verify case for each new hire by February 11, 2019. Employers are instructed to use the hire date from the employee’s Form I-9 when creating the E-Verify case. If the case
The USCIS has announced today that starting Monday, January 28, 2019, it will resume premium processing for pending H-1B cap-subject petitions filed in last year’s H-1B lottery. Today’s announcement, however, does not indicate when the USCIS will resume premium processing for all other H-1B categories. In September 2018, the USCIS expanded the suspension of premium processing on cap-subject H-1B petitions to other H-1B categories, including H-1B change of employer and H-1B am
The Department of State (“DOS”) Visa Office has released the February 2019 Visa Bulletin. Cut-off dates for the EB-1 category will continue to be imposed for all countries. EB-1 Worldwide will move forward two months to December 1, 2017 while EB-1 China and India will advance to February 8, 2017. Unlike January, EB-2 and EB-3 India will see forward movement in February, albeit limited, with EB-2 moving forward by 5 days and EB-3 moving forward by 52 days. EB-2 China will adv
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions that are subject to the FY2020 annual quota (“the cap”) six months prior to the beginning of the fiscal year, on Monday, April 1st. As has been the case over the last six years, we expect that the cap will be reached during the first five business days of April, from April 1st to April 5th. Petitions filed during this period will likely be subject to the USCIS’ random selection pro
Due to the impasse over President Trump's demand for funding to build the Mexico-U.S. border wall, a partial government shutdown went into effect, starting on December 22, 2018, Unlike previous government shutdowns, this year’s closures will have a very limited impact on business immigration.
E-Verify Unavailable Due to a lapse in government funding, the E-Verify system will not be available for employers during the government shutdown. Employers will not be able to access