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Immigration Bulletin
 

Giselle Carson, Esq. - Shareholder - Business Immigration Attorney
904-398-0900 - www.marksgray.com

 

 

Greetings!

As I explain the current immigration environment to clients, I find myself saying, "Business common sense does not apply to USCIS’ adjudications.”

As Hagakure said in the Book of the Samurai, “Common sense will not accomplish great things. Simply become insane.” And we’re not insane yet 🙂 but we are working crazily hard and with full passion to defeat the immigration challenges and achieve success for our clients.

Over the last couple of years, the Trump administration has pushed many rules, memos, and new policies to overly tighten all visa programs but particularly the H-1B and L-1.

As we embark on the H-1B FY 2020 season, the process is even more fraught with uncertainty, emotions, and last-minute changes to policies and procedures. We’re working hand-in-hand with clients to stay on top of the changes, provide updates, strategize on the process, and overcome the obstacles. I’m grateful to our amazing clients and core team, Thyra, Ellen, and Gabbie who are working in great partnership to conquer these challenges.

In this newsletter, we offer you an H-1B process flowchart, so you can better understand the process; immigration tips from a recent fantastic business immigration roundtable in Minneapolis; and planning for H-1B extensions.

Additionally, I cover some last-minute changes regarding the H-1B cap-subject process (which have never been tested and were adopted by USCIS only 20 days before the H-1B cap filing season began).

Do you agree that it takes a bit of craziness to make things happen in immigration today?

As always, thank you for your readership, partnership, and referrals.

Sincerely,

Giselle Carson


Changes Announced to the H-1B Cap-Subject Process Days Before Filing Began


On April 1, 2019, USCIS started taking cap-subject H-1B petitions for FY 2020. Just 20 days before that, they released a memo detailing a new filing process.

It includes changes to premium processing that have never been tested or used and the announcement of a new H-1B Data Hub online.

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Extending H-1B Visas Beyond 6 Years and Recapturing Time


For H-1B visa holders and their employers, it’s valuable to understand the options for an extension of time beyond six years.

Check out our FAQs to understand the opportunities that may be available.

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IN THIS ISSUE


- Changes Announced to the H-1B Cap-Subject Process Days Before Filing Began

- H-1B Flowchart and Will There Be a Lottery? What Are My Chances?

- Immigration Tips from Giselle’s Presentation at the Coleman Roundtable

- Extending H-1B Visas Beyond 6 Years and Recapturing Time
 
 

Stay Informed


State Department Visa Bulletin: April 2019

USCIS Processing Times

Visa Appointment & Processing Wait Times

iCERT Visa Portal System
 

The Final Step...


Here we are finalizing the preparation of some H1B petitions—and sending them off with sprinkles of luck and great wishes!
 
Immigration Tips from Giselle’s Presentation at the Coleman Roundtable

Giselle was recently invited by a client to snowy and beautiful Minnesota to participate in a Business Roundtable hosted by the distinguished Coleman Law Firm, LLC. There, she shared insights and practical advice on current immigration issues – primarily H-1Bs.

Here are some of the key points.

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H-1B Flowchart and Will There Be a Lottery? What Are My Chances?

 

For H-1B visa holders and their employers, it’s valuable to understand the options for an extension of time beyond six years.

Check out our FAQs to understand the opportunities that may be available.

READ MORE ▼

Giselle Carson

Business Immigration Attorney

Website:
MarksGray.com

Phone:
904-398-0900

Email:
immigrationteam@marksgray.com
 

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