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BREAKING NEWS, UPDATES FOR IMMIGRATION LAW- MARCH 2017

URGENT REMINDER: YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO FILE FOR YOUR H-1B VISA! The time for filing cap-subject H-1B working visa is shrinking. We head towards the April 2017 lottery week from Monday, April 3rd, 2017 to Friday, April 7, 2017. As it was last year, the demand for H-1B visas this year is also expected to be high. We are ready to file you H-1B applications! BREAKING NEWS! TRUMP SIGNED NEW TRAVEL BAN EXECUTIVE ORDER ON MARCH 6TH, 2017. The Executive Order signed today on March 6th, 2017, imposes a 90-day suspension of entry to the United States of nationals of certain designated countries. For...

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LATEST U.S. IMMIGRATION LAW NEWS AND UPDATES

                                                   REFORMING THE H-1B PROGRAM/ CHANGES TO THE H-1B PROGRAM A new draft Executive Order plans to make several changes to U.S. Immigration rules such as the H-1B program used by US companies to fill their positions in the US. According to a recent article in Bloomberg News, the draft discusses overhauling work-visa programs such as H-1B. The H-1B visa is very popular among foreign nationals seeking work at companies in the U.S. Current caps for H-1B...

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Work permits for Asylum Applicants have been extended to two years, USCIS has increased fees for many immigration applications

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has increased the validity period for initial or renewal Employment Authorization for asylum applicants from one year to two years. This new rule will apply to all (c)(8)-based applications that are pending as of October 5th, 2016 and all such applications filed on or after October 5th, 2016. USCIS will increase many immigration filing fees at an average of 21%. Starting from December 23, 2016, I–485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status will increase from $985 to $1140, I–129/129CW Petition for a Non immigrant worker will increase from $325 to $460, I-130 Petition...

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The Supreme Court blocked President Obama’s immigration Action

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Barack Obama's plan to protect millions of immigrants in the country illegally from deportation. The court’s action broken the hopes of nearly 4 million illegal immigrants estimated to be covered by Obama’s plan, which would have deferred deportation for those who have been in the country since 2010, have not committed any serious crimes and have family ties to U.S. citizens or others lawfully in the country. President Obama first announced his plan last November to grant up to 5 million unauthorized immigrants protection from deportation.However, it was quickly challenged in court by Republican-governed...

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The Department of Homeland Security proposes to increase many immigration filing fees

The Department of Homeland Security recently published a proposal to increase many U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) application fees for U.S. employers and foreign nationals. According to this new regulation, fees for most employment-based petitions and applications would be raised by an average of 21% whereas other types of petitions may experience a higher increase in filing fees. The increase in filing fees will be effective if federal government approves the regulation, which is expected to take about several months following the close of the 60-day comment period on July 5, 2016. ...

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Department of Labor issued final rules for new overtime changes

Last week, the Department of Labor issued final rules that will increase more than double the current minimum salary required for employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act. If the proposed changes are published as anticipated, you may have to act within 60 days in order to comply. For tips about compliance with new rules please visit  http://sbshrs.adpinfo.com/flsa ...

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The U.S. Department of Labor is expected to release a new overtime rule in May.

In the beginning of March, the Department of Labor submitted a final proposal for a revision to the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) that would require overtime pay for all employees making less than $50,440 per year. Currently, salaried employees who make more than $23,660 are exempt from overtime requirements. This will be the second threshold that’s only been raised since 1975. The pending FLSA will raise the annual salary for overtime-exempt, salaried employees from $23,660 to $48,000 or above (the final figure is expected in May). What does it mean? That means companies with salaries employees will have to make two choice:...

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017

H-1B visas that allow certain foreign individuals to work and live in the United States has reached its annual cap limits as of April 7, 2016. USCIS received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption however, USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap....

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New STEM OPT rule has been published effective May 10, 2016

The new rule pertaining to optional practical training (OPT) for certain students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) was published in the Federal Register on Friday, March 11, 2016. The OPT extension period for STEM OPT students is increased from 17 months to 24 months for applications adjudicated on and after the May 10, 2016. The 24-month extension, when combined with the period of standard post-completion OPT that must precede an application for STEM OPT, allows qualifying STEM students up to 36 months of post-completion optional practical training....

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