The launch of “Startup America” in 2011 marked the beginning of a White House-led initiative to create and accelerate job growth by promoting immigrant-led entrepreneurialism in the U.S. In August 2011, Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas outlined a number of provisions they deemed crucial in order to attract and retain highly skilled...Read More
April 1, 2013 marks the first day U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 H-1B cap. Preparation for H-1B cap season starts much earlier, with the identification of prospective beneficiaries and gathering of supporting documentation. With increasing demand for H-1B workers, we encourage employers to identify potential H-1B cap cases now and work with immigration...Read More
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has published the February 2013 Visa Bulletin. Priority cut-off dates for the most common employment-based categories are provided below.
Employment-based, first preference (EB-1):
All foreign nationals: Current
"Current” means that immigrant visa numbers are immediately available for all priority dates within the designated preference category.
Employment-based, second preference...Read More
The Department of State has introduced an online tool that allows U.S. visa applicants to check the status of their nonimmigrant and immigrant visa cases via a global website. Through this new resource, visa applicants should be able to access up-to-date and accurate information on their cases on a 24/7 basis by entering either the Application ID (DS-160 barcode number) or the Visa Case Number into the Consular Electronic Application Center...Read More
On January 1, 2013, new laws will take effect in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee, requiring employers to register for and use the otherwise voluntary federal E-Verify system, an online employment authorization verification tool administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the Social Security Administration. In addition, Georgia and Virginia have enacted new E-Verify requirements that will take...Read More