Historically, many states have exhausted their J-1 waiver allotment under the Conrad State 30 Waiver Program (extended until September 30, 2015) before the end of the first quarter, and demand for H-1B skilled professional worker visas for cap-subject employers has exceeded supply for years, leaving a number of J-1 Physicians, and their employers, in search of alternatives as they seek to extend their employment in the United States.
United States District Court Southern District of New York granted a preliminary injunction blocking USCIS from implementing the new public charge rule and the use of forms in connection with this rule pending the outcome of litigation challenging the legality of the rule itself.
- September 27, 2019
Last February, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) delivered its proposed rule to eliminate the ability of H-4 visa status holder to secure Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
- September 3, 2019
As USCIS announced in June, cap filings made in April 2020 may include a $10 registration fee for employers who wish to register for the lottery.
USCIS has instructed employers to continue to use the current Form I-9 until further notice.
In April, USCIS announced that they were simply proposing an extension of the current Form I-9 with no new changes.
The U.S.Department of State has issued the following announcement which represents a significant change in the validity period for E visas for French citizens:
“Please note effective August 29, the reciprocity schedule for France will be revised for E visas.
- August 21, 2019
As a reminder, fines for Form I-9 violations will increase every year on April 5 as a result of the inflation adjustment to civil monetary penalties required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act) which was signed into law on November 2, 2015.