On December 19th, the Senate passed two federal government spending bills for Fiscal Year 2020 to prevent a government shutdown, following the House of Representatives’ approval of the $1.4 trillion appropriations package on December 17th. Current government funding ends at midnight, December 20th. The spending bills have been sent to President Trump for signature. Once the President signs the bills, federal agencies such as the Department of Labor will continue operations t
The Department of State (“DOS”) Visa Office has released the January 2020 Visa Bulletin. EB-1 Worldwide will advance by over two months while EB-1 China and India will see little to no forward movement with China moving only one week and India remaining the same at January 1, 2015. EB-3 China will finally see forward movement by one month after being stalled since the beginning of the Fiscal Year whereas movement for EB-2 China will slowdown from the past two months with the
Lawmakers Reach Tentative Agreement on Federal Spending to Avert Government Shutdown On December 12, 2019, top bipartisan congressional negotiators reached a tentative deal to approve $1.3 trillion to fund the government for Fiscal Year 2020. Current government funding will run out on December 20, 2019, leaving Congress very little time to pass the spending bills in order to avoid a government shutdown. The House and the Senate are expected to vote on the legislation next w
On September 4, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) published a proposed rule to expand the agency’s collection of social media information for purposes of identity verification, vetting and national security screening and inspection, in furtherance of the Trump Administration’s Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”. Under the proposed rule, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Citizens
Today, December 6th, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it will be implementing the electronic pre-registration process in the next H-1B lottery. As noted in our recent H-1B Cap Season Reminder alert, employers will be required to “pre-file” an electronic registration through the USCIS online portal and pay the associated $10 H-1B registration for each employee or prospective employee it wishes to sponsor for a cap-subject H-1B in order to
Update on Federal Lawsuit Challenging the F-1 OPT Program
On November 21, 2019, over 100 public and private colleges and universities from across 29 states and the District of Columbia, filed an amicus curiae brief in defense of the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for foreign students in the federal litigation case, Washington Alliance of Technology Workers Union vs. U.S. Department of Homeland Security before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
As many of our clients are already aware, the FY2021 H-1B cap season is just around the corner. As we have done in years' past, Goeschl Law Corporation will be reaching out to clients to confirm the employees included for this cap season. This year, the H-1B cap lottery process will be very different from the selection process used by the USCIS in the past.
As many of our clients are also aware, there is an annual limit (the ‘Cap’) on the number of H-1B cap petitions tha