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H1B Extension Premium Processing Resumes

Filed July 13, 2015 in Temporary Visas, under USCIS and DHS , tagged , ,
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H-1B premium processing resumesUPDATE: USCIS will resume premium processing on petitions for H1B extension on July 13, 2015. H1B extension premium processing has been suspended since the beginning of  summer 2015.

On May 26, 2015, USCIS began a temporary suspension of H1B extension premium processing until July 27, 2015. During this period, USCIS did not accept Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, requesting an extension of stay for an H1B nonimmigrant. However, USCIS did continue H1B Extension premium processing of petitions filed with Form I-907 premium requests prior to May 26, 2015.

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H-4 Employment Authorization (EAD) Begins Effective May 26, 2015

Filed February 24, 2015 in Temporary Visas, under Immigration News , tagged ,
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H-4 Employment Authorization EAD 117004983Effective May 26, 2015, USCIS will begin accepting applications for H-4 employment authorization (EAD) from certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B workers who are currently seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status in the US. more »

I-Squared Act of 2015 (Immigration Innovation Act of 2015, or I-2)

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I-Squared Act of 2015 Bill S.153 - Processing Numbers 150452939On January 13, 2015, a bipartisan group of Senators re-introduced the Immigration Innovation Act of 2015 (S.153), also known as the I-Squared Act (I-2 Act). Among other things, the I-Squared Act would increase the annual H-1b cap, provide for work authorization for H-4 spouses, allow for increased portability among employers and establish a number of provisions to allow green cards to be issued much more quickly. more »

US Immigration Executive Action 2014: Announcement

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policy text dictionary 136506074President Obama announced to the nation US Immigration Executive Action on November 20, 2014. Prior to that time, the President requested US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to undertake a rigorous and inclusive review to inform recommendations on reforming the US immigration system through executive action.

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DHS Proposal for H4 Spouse Work Authorization

Filed May 12, 2014 in Temporary Visas, under Immigration News, USCIS and DHS , tagged , , , , ,
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glittering background 112144808On May 6, 2014, DHS announced proposals for H4 spouse work authorization (work authorization for H4 spouses of certain H1B holders), among other things, in an attempt to attract and retain highly skilled immigrants in the US. Specifically, on May 12, 2014, the DHS published two proposed rules: (1) to extend employment authorization to H4 spouses of certain H1B workers; and, (2) to enhance opportunities for highly-skilled workers by removing obstacles to their remaining in the US. Together, DHS hopes that these proposed rules will help attract new businesses and new investment to the US and ensure that the US has the world’s most skilled workforce. Note that DHS must obtain and consider public commentary before these proposed rules go into effect in accordance with administrative rulemaking procedures. more »

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