Trump Order Suspending Work Visas during Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted on June 30, 2020 by Nadine Chen

On June 22nd, President Trump issued a Proclamation to suspend the entry of individuals using temporary worker visas. This Proclamation comes 60 days after President Trump’s April 22, 2020 Proclamation, which suspended the issuance of family-based, employment-based, and green card diversity lottery immigrant visas for 60 days.

Do I have to register to file an H-1B Cap Petition?

Posted on January 14, 2019 by Kathryn N. Karam

 

You might be wondering, do I have to register to file an H1B Cap Petition? U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced a new program that will require employers to register to file H-1B cap petitions for prospective employees. The new procedure, which has not yet been implemented, is intended to make the H-1B cap petition filing process easier and more manageable for employers and for UCSIS adjudicators.

Immigration Lawyer in Houston: Buy American, Hire American

Posted on February 16, 2018 by Kathryn N. Karam

 As an immigration lawyer in Houston, I keep track of the latest changes to immigration law. On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled "Buy American, Hire American." Buy American means that all statutes, regulations, rules, and executive orders which relate to federal procurement or federal grants must show preference for goods, products, or materials produced in the United States. Products include steel, iron, and manufactured goods. For example, for steel products, the entire manufacturing process must be done in the United States. 

USCIS Announcement: Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

Posted on March 26, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

USCIS posted an announcement indicating that it will begin processing cap-subject H-1B petitions filed with requests for Premium Processing on April 15, 2014. The announcement also stated that USCIS is anticipating that it may reach the cap during the first week of April. Where more petitions are received than H-1B visas during the first week of April, USCIS conducts a lottery to randomly select the petitions that will be counted in the H-1B cap.

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