UNITED STATES – Changes to H-1B Cap Lottery Announced, but Registration Requirement Postponed

On 31 January 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule, to amend regulations governing the H-1B cap process.

The rule changes the lottery process, effective this year, but postpones implementation of the electronic registration requirement until the FY 2021 H-1B cap season.

Read more here:

UNITED STATES – Changes to H-1B Cap Lottery Announced, but Registration Requirement Postponed

 This alert was prepared with information provided by Gibney, Krug and Newland Chase.

UNITED STATES – USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions

Effective 28 January 2019, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed premium processing for all fiscal year (FY) 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions.

Read more here:

UNITED STATES – USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions

This alert was prepared with information provided by Gibney.

UNITED STATES – Preparing for the Fiscal Year 2020 Cap-Subject H-1B Filing Period

On 1 April 2019, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will start to accept H-1B petitions from cap-subject employers for skilled foreign workers starting work in fiscal year 2020 (from 1 October 2019).

Employers should contact their immigration specialist as soon as possible to prepare any H-1B petitions they intend to file.

Read more here:

UNITED STATES – Preparing for the Fiscal Year 2020 Cap-Subject H-1B Filing Period

This alert was prepared with information provided by Klug Law Firm and Newland Chase.

RUSSIA – Deregistration of Foreign Nationals Now Available on Demand

Effective immediately, the Russian authorities have introduced deregistration of foreign nationals on demand.

Read more here:

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Intermark Relocation Services.

CANADA/MEXICO/UNITED STATES – Revised Trade Deal Leaves Work Visa Provisions Unchanged

The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), reached between Canada, Mexico and the United States late on 30 September 2018, leaves intact the immigration provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which it will replace if ratified.

Qualifying business persons will continue to be able to travel and work under the same rules as before. The USMCA must still be ratified by lawmakers in all three countries.

Read more here:

CANADA/MEXICO/UNITED STATES – Revised Trade Deal Leaves Work Visa Provisions Unchanged

This alert was prepared using information provided by Newland Chase.

UNITED STATES – New Deportation Policy Implemented But Not for Employment Petitions

Effective 1 October 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun implementing its 28 June 2018 policy memorandum, prioritising the removal of foreign nationals from the United States on the basis of public safety, in compliance with Executive Order 13768.

The new policy expands the issuance of Notice to Appear (NTA) documents, the beginning of formal deportation proceedings, to foreign nationals who are denied a visa extension or change of status or whose visa expires during an application.

However, USCIS has confirmed that the new policy will not be implemented with respect to employment-based or humanitarian petitions at this time. However, USCIS may issue further guidance extending the new policy to employment-based applications in the future.

Read more here:

UNITED STATES – New Deportation Policy Implemented But Not for Employment Petitions

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Littler.

UNITED STATES – USCIS extends and expands temporary suspension of premium processing for H-1B petitions

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it is extending and expanding the previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions.

Originally intended to last until 10 September 2018, USCIS now expects the expanded suspensions to last until 19 February 2019.

Read more here:

UNITED STATES – USCIS extends and expands temporary suspension of premium processing for H-1B petitions

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Maggio and Kattar.