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Investors Win Appellate Reversal Of EB-5 Visa Denial

A federal appeals court in Washington has ruled that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unreasonably denied a group of investors’ petitions for EB-5 visas on the basis that their investment didn’t comply with the rules of the program.

USCIS Completes Lottery for H-1B Cap

On April 13th USCIS completed the H-1B lottery, the random selection process used to meet the annual H-1B cap. Last week USCIS announced they had received more than the 65,000 general category petitions allowed under the cap and more than the 20,000 petitions allowed under the advanced degree exemption. In fact, USCIS received nearly 233,000… Read More

USCIS Announces the H-1B Cap for FY 16 Has Been Reached

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced yesterday the H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 has been reached. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. USCIS will use a computer program to randomly select the petitions needed to meet the caps… Read More

What to Expect from USCIS’s L-1 Site Visit Program

In August 2013, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report containing recommendations for improving the L-1 intra-company transferee visa program. A senator requested that the OIG examine the L-1 visa program’s potential for fraud and abuse. After conducting the examination, one of the OIG’s recommendations was that the… Read More