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02/20/2019: Revised I-539/I-539A Forms and Potential Impact on Processing Delays for H-4 Applications and H-4 EAD Applications

02/20/2019: USCIS Reminder of Importance of Using "Revised" I-539 Form and New I-539A Form Effective 03/11/2019

02/20/2019: Reportedly Canada's Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) Program

02/20/2019: Snow Storms and Some Immigration Stakeholder Agencies Either Closed or Delayed Today

02/19/2019: Some of Premium Processing Services H-1B I-129 Petitions Still Remain Unavailable

02/19/2019: USCIS Record of H-1B I-129 Cases Transfer from California Service Center and Other Service Centers

02/19/2019: Reminder of I-539 Case Load Transfers for F,M,J, or B Nonimmigrants to Other Service Centers for Caseload Balances

02/19/2019: iCERT Site Back and Running Again

02/17/2019: Immigration Programs Extension Until 09/30/2019 Under FY 2019 Spending Bill

02/15/2019: President Signed FY 2019 Spending Bill Along w/National Emergency Declaration

02/15/2019: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Filed on or before Dec. 21, 2018

02/15/2019: March I-485 Charts Released

02/15/2019: USCIS Updates on 02/15/2019 its Field Adjudicator's Field Manual Involving Immigrant Petition Involving a Spouse Who is a Minor

02/15/2019: Forbe's 02/15/2019 Analysis of Impact of Pending H.R. 1044 Bill on Decades-Long Hightech Workers Waiting Line for Immigration in the Future

02/15/2019: Compromised FY 2019 Spending Bill Which President is About to Sign to Avoid Government Shutdown Reportedly Includes H-2B Visa Number Increase

02/15/2019: March 2019 Visa Bulletin Released

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02/15/2019: OFLC Proposes Revised ETA 9141 Prevailing Wage Determination Form, Seeking Comments

02/14/2019: ALERT, DOL/ETA & PERM/iCERT Sites Will Not Be Available from Friday Evening of 02/15/2019 to Early Morning of Tuesday, 02/19/2019!!

02/14/2019: Uncertain Date of Resumption of H-1B Premium Processing Services Beyond 02/19/2019

02/14/2019: OMB Approved Following Immigration Forms Yesterday Without Change

02/13/2019: OFLC Releases Processing Statistics for FY-2019 First Quarter (Ending 12/31/2018)

02/12/2019: A Look at Actively Licensed International Medical Graduates (IMG) Physicians in the United States

02/11/2019: Revised I-539 and I-539A Forms to be Published Effective 03/11/2019

02/11/2019: Sponsors of H.R. 1044 Increased from 114 to 116

02/11/2019: DOL/ETA Proposes to Revise ETA 9141 Prevailing Wage Determination Form and Seeks Comments

02/09/2019: Bi-Partisan H.R. 1044 Bill Introduced in the House 02/07/2019 to Eliminate Annual Per Country Limit to EB-Immigration Quota & Modify Per Country Limit to Annual FB-Immigration Quota

02/08/2019: Effective Immediately, USCIS Accepting Copies of Negative P Visa Consultations Directly from Labor Unions

02/05/2019: OMB Cleared on 02/04/2019 the I-539 Modified Form with No Material Changes

02/05/2019: Effective 03/29/2019, USCIS Will Permanently Close its Field Office in Moscow, Russia

02/04/2019: DHS Ombudman Teleconference of 02/14/2019 on USCIS Practice Change for Customer Contact with USCIS Offices

02/03/2019: OMB Approved on 01/31/2019 Extension of G-28 Form and I-129 Form Without Material Changes

02/02/2019: Alert! Reports of Ongoing Fake STEM Schools and Potential Trap for Innocent Students

02/01/2019: OFLC Releases on 01/31/2019 Updated FY 2019 H-2B Foreign Labor Recruiter List

02/01/2019: USCIS RAIO (Refugee, Asylum & International Operations) Directorate Releases on 01/17/2019 Various Officer Training Modules

01/31/2019: DOL H-2B Foreign Labor Certification Program Revised Rule with 32-Day Comment Period

01/31/2019: USCIS Proposed Revision of N-336 "Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings under Section 336"

01/31/2019: USCIS Proposed Revision of I-693 Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record

01/31/2019: Proposed Revision of I-941 Application for Significant Public Benefit Entrepreneur Parole and Instructions for Biographic Information for Entrepreneur Parole Dependents

01/31/2019: HHS Poverty Guidelines for 2019

01/30/2019: Brrr.........................................! Minnesota!

01/30/2019: USCIS Announces that H-1B Pre-Registration Will Not be Implemented, but Reverse Cap Selection Will be Implemented this FY 2020 H-1B Cap Season

01/30/2019: Final Rule of H-1B Cap Pre-Registration Rule!

01/30/2019: USCIS Makes Two More Applications Available for Online Filing

01/30/2019: DOL Seeks 30-Day Comment Period for Revised H-2B Foreign Labor Certification Program

01/25/2019: State Department Announcement 01/25/2019 of Suspension of Routine Visa Services in Caracas, Venezuela

01/25/2019: WOW, WOW,WOW! OMB Approved on 01/25/2019 Friday H-1B Cap Preregistration Requirement "Final Rule"

01/25/2019: OMB Memo of 01/25/2018 for Public Employees Reparing for an Orderly Reopening Following the Partial Lapse in Appropriations

01/25/2019: Government to Reopen Until 02/15/2019 With No Guaranty of No Another Shutdown After 02/15/2019

01/25/2019: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for FY 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions

01/25/2019: H-2A and H-2B Eligible Country List for 2019 Officially Released by the USCIS

01/22/2019: DHS Attempt to Delay of H-4 EAD Lawsuit Rejected by the Court on 01/18/2019, Friday

01/22/2019: No SCOTUS Decisions Released Today on Two Important Immigration Cases: Travel Ban and DACA Appeals by Trump Administration

01/19/2019: Today's President's Proposal: Offer of "Temporary" DACA & TPS Extension for $5.7 Billion Border Wall Funding Agreement

01/18/2019: USCIS Reminder of SAVE and SAVE Program Services in Operation During Partial Government Shutdown

01/18/2019: Demand of 20 Bi-Partisan U.S. Senators to Rescind New Policy of Accrual Unlawful Presence for Foreign Students and USCIS Director Response

01/17/2019: February New I-485 Filing Available Charts of the USCIS

01/17/2019: Potential SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) Conference Tomorrow of DACA Case, DHS v. Regents of the University of California, 18-587

01/17/2019: Effective 01/19/2019, New Designation of Countries Whose Workers are Eligible for H-2A and H-2B Temporary Worker Visa Applications

01/16/2019: USCIS Revises Policies and Procedures for Secure Identity Documents and Seeks Public Comments

01/15/2019: Matthew Oh Unavailable for the Week of 01/13/2019

01/15/2019: Employers, USCIS Advises on 01/15/2019 Unavailability of E-Veryfy Program and Support Services During Temporary Suspension

01/14/2019: Draft of "Final Rule" of H-1B Cap Pre-Registration Submitted to the OMB Last Friday, 01/11/2019

01/12/2019: OFLC Updates, 01/11/2019, Processing of H-2B Non-Agricultural Temporary Workers Labor Applications

01/11/2019: February Visa Bulletin Released

01/11/2019: Indian Media's Articulated Summary of Anticipated Tough Year 2019 Against Foreign Workers

01/09/2019: Continuing Partial Government Shutdown, Stalled Rule-Making Activities, and Stalled Employment-Based Immigration Proposed Rules

01/09/2019: OFLC Issues H-2B Labor Certification Processing Announcement After Receiving Approximately 5,276 H-2B Applications Covering More Than 96,400 Worker Positions in About Two Days for 33,000 Workers Cap under the Rule

01/07/2019: OFLC Issues "Last Status Update" Today on the iCERT System Operation Status

01/07/2019: OFLC Issues Update of Operating Status of the iCERT System - At 3:00 P.M. (EST)

01/07/2019: OFLC 2019 iCERT System FAQs Round 2 & Emergency Procedures for Filing Electronic H-2B Applications in the iCERT System Hereon When iCERT System Reopens Today

01/07/2019: OFLC 2019 iCERT System FAQs Round 1 of 01/06/2019 Re: Passwords and Other Q&A When iCERT Reopens Today

01/07/2019: iCERT Users, Do Not Lock-In ICERT Site Until After 3:00 P.M. (EST) Today, Other Than H-2B Temporary Labor Certification Filers

01/07/2019: Practical Freeze of Federal Rule Making Reports, Forcing the People in the Dark of the Update of Government Policies, During the Partial Government Shutdown

01/04/2019: USCIS 01/04/2019 Civics Test Answer Updates for Naturalization Applicants!

01/04/2019: OFLC Advises Non H-2B Filers Not to File Temporary Labor Applications " Until After 3:00 PM (EST)" Monday 01/07/2019!!

01/03/2019: iCERT System "Tentatively" Scheduled to Run Again Effective Monday, 01/07/2019 2:00 P.M. (EST)

01/02/2019: OFLC Updates the Sources of Current iCERT Outage

01/02/2019: Federal Register Publishing & Operation Currently Crippled by the Ongoing Partial Government Shutdown

01/02/2019: iCERT System Down Since Yesterday and Pending Further Notice

01/01/2019: H-1B Cap Pre-Registration Proposed Rule w/558 Comments Received as of 12/31/2018

01/01/2019: Irish "E-3 Visa" Legislative Bill Failed to Pass in the 115th Congress

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