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The Latest on EB-5 Wait Times and Visa Bulletin Projections

The Latest on EB-5 Wait Times and Visa Bulletin Projections By AILA’s EB-5 Committee1May 7, 2019 On May 6, 2019, Mr. Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, Chief of the U.S. Department of State (DOS) Visa Control and Reporting Division, provided incredibly important updates relating to EB-5 visa demand that are invaluable for attorneys advising both current and…

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USCIS Reaches FY 2020 H-1B Regular Cap

USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions projected as needed to reach the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap for fiscal year 2020. USCIS will next determine if we have received a sufficient number of petitions to meet the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap. The agency will…

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Maine businesses may benefit from additional visas for temporary foreign workers

Federal immigration authorities are expected to release an additional 30,000 visas for the workers, which could help fill seasonal labor gaps afflicting Maine’s summer tourism businesses. The Department of Homeland Security is poised to release up to 30,000 additional visas for foreign seasonal workers to fill vacant jobs across the country, including many in Maine’s…

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DHS announces changes to cap-subject H-1B filing system

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted today for public inspection, a final rule amending regulations governing H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those that may be eligible for the advanced degree exemption. The final rule reverses the order by which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B regular cap and the…

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Visa Bulletin For February 2019

The visa bulletin for February 2019 has been published by the Department of State. This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during February for: “Final Action Dates” and “Dates for Filing Applications,” indicating when immigrant visa applicants should be notified to assemble and submit required documentation to the National Visa Center. View the visa bulletin…

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Announcement

The Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, which administers the Conrad State 30 J-1 waiver program in Maine for international medical graduates who have performed post graduate medical training in the U.S. while maintaining J-1 exchange visitor status, has announced that all thirty (30) waiver slots for Fiscal Year 2019 ending September 30, 2019…

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December 2018 Visa Bulletin

The visa bulletin for December 2018 has been published by the Department of State. The bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant visa numbers in employment-based and family-sponsored visa categories, as well as diversity immigrant visa categories. View the visa bulletin for December 2018.

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