New Policy on Validity of Medical Exam Report (Form I-693)

5/30/2014 Written by SRW Lawyers

USCIS has announced that beginning June 1, 2014 it will limit the validity of all Forms I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, to one year from the date of submission to USCIS. USCIS will also now require that applicants submit their Form I-693 to USCIS within one year of completing their medical examination. [...]Read More >

DHS Plans Proposed Rule To Extend Work Authorization To Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants

5/22/2014 Written by SRW Lawyers

As part of the Obama administration’s efforts to attract high-skilled workers, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to propose extending the availability of employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of principal H-1B nonimmigrants. The extension would be limited to H-4 dependent spouses of principal H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking lawful permanent resident status [...]Read More >

H-1B Visa Lottery Completed

5/6/2014 Written by SRW Lawyers

In an email sent to stakeholders on May 2, 2014, USCIS announced that it has completed its data entry for all of the Fiscal Year 2015 H-1B cap petitions selected under the lottery process. USCIS will now start to return the petitions that were not selected in the lottery.Read More >

Citizenship Application Alert

4/30/2014 Written by SRW Lawyers

Starting May 5, 2014, USCIS will only accept the new version of the N-400, Application for Naturalization. See USCIS’ Alert. The new N-400 form is dated September 13, 2013, and can be found at USCIS’ website. The government will reject any applications using older N-400 forms after May 4, 2014.Read More >

USCIS to Begin H-1B Premium Processing on April 28th

4/21/2014 Written by SRW Lawyers

USCIS will begin premium processing for H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2015 cap on April 28, 2014. This will include H-1B petitions seeking an exemption from the fiscal year cap for individuals who have earned a U.S. master’s degree or higher. USCIS first announced that premium processing for H-1B cap cases would begin [...]Read More >