Recent Blogs

ALERT: USCIS FEE INCREASES

USCIS has increased the H-1B and I-140 Premium Processing fee from $2,500 to $2,805.  This new amount is effective starting on Monday, February 26, 2024. Additionally, USCIS has increased the fees to several immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions/applications.  These new fees go into effect on April 1, 2024. Form/Petition Type Current Government Filing Fees New Government…

A New Selection Process for H-1B Cap Cases will Increase the Probability of Selection

On March 2, 2024, a new rule will go into effect regarding the H-1B cap lottery and will apply to this year’s lottery.  Instead of selecting cases by registration, USCIS will select registrations by the unique beneficiary.  Each unique beneficiary who has a registration submitted on their behalf will be entered into the selection process…

Breaking News: Domestic H-1B Visa Stamp Renewal will be available this month!

We want to update you on a new development that will be very beneficial for your H-1B employees.   Visa Stamping can now be done in the United States on a limited basis.  We will provide updates as the program is expanded. USCIS will start a pilot program for renewing H-1B visa stamps while still in…

H-1B Registration Process Timeline

March 1: H-1B registration period opens at noon Eastern. March 17: H-1B registration period closes at noon Eastern. March 31: Date by which USCIS intends to notify selected registrants. April 1: The earliest date that FY 2024 H-1B cap-subject petitions may be filed.

USCIS announces Employment Based Green Cards increased to 197,000 from 140,000 for FY 2023

  The Department of State (DOS) currently estimates that the FY 2023 employment-based annual limit will be approximately 197,000, due to approximately 57,000 unused family-sponsored visa numbers from FY 2022 being added to the employment-based limit for FY 2023. 197,000 is higher than the statutory limit of 140,000 but below the annual limit for the…