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H-1B Cap Resource Page

Stay up to date on the FY 2019 H-1B cap filing season.

May 30, 2018
Practical Immigration Concepts in a Time of Change A structural approach can help in the process of considering change. Here is a suggested structure to think about. May 24, 2018
DOS Proposes Adding Social Media, Other Questions to DS-160 Visa Application On March 30, 2018 the Department of State (DOS) proposed adding several additional questions to Form DS-160 (nonimmigrant) and Form DS-260 (immigrant) visa applications, including questions on the applicant's social media identifiers, telephone numbers, email addresses, and international travel. NAFSA and 55 other organizations joined in a May 24, 2018 comment letter. May 24, 2018
USCIS and USPS Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery Service On April 30, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began using the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery service to mail Green Cards, Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), and other secure documents that need to be re-mailed because they have been returned to USCIS as non-deliverable. USCIS plans to phase in its use of Restricted Delivery and eventually expand the program to mail all secure documents. May 03, 2018
Executive Order Entry Ban Litigation Updates This resource focuses on the litigation surrounding the litigation arising out of Proclamation 9645 of September 24, 2017 (Travel Ban 3.0). Apr 25, 2018
Indefinite Entry Bar Under Executive Order On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued a Proclamation pursuant to Section 2(e) of Executive Order 13780, designating eight countries for partial or full restrictions on entry to the United States. The restrictions are country-specific, and tailored to the situation of each individual country. This travel ban is often referred to as "Travel Ban 3.0." Chad was removed from the list of countries subject to Travel Ban 3.0, effective April 18, 2018. Apr 11, 2018
Key Takeaways from the March 13, 2018 DOL OFLC Stakeholder Meeting The Employment-Based Subcommittee of NAFSA's International Student and Scholar Regulatory Practice Committee (ISS-RP) developed this list of key takeaways for practitioners in higher education, from notes taken at the Department of Labor Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) Stakeholder meeting on PERM, H-1B and Prevailing Wage issues, held in Atlanta, GA, on March 13, 2018. Mar 28, 2018
USCIS Policy Memo Provides Guidance on Itinerary Requirements for H-1B Petitions On February 22, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published Policy Memorandum PM-602-0157, "relating to H-1B petitions filed for workers who will be employed at one or more third-party worksites." Feb 23, 2018
National Vetting Center On February 6, 2018, President Trump signed a National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM 9) to establish a National Vetting Center whose principal role will be to improve the way agencies coordinate and use biographic, biometric, and contextual information from various pre-existing sources. Feb 07, 2018
Key Takeaways from the December 5, 2017 DOL OFLC Stakeholder Meeting Key Takeaways from the December 5, 2017 DOL OFLC Stakeholder Meeting. Jan 19, 2018
H Nonimmigrant Category Reform DHS is engaged in a number of initiatives that would narrow the use of the H-1B specialty occupation nonimmigrant category. NAFSA will update this page as information develops. Jan 09, 2018
U.S. and Turkey Suspend Nonimmigrant Visa Services On December 28, 2017, the U.S. diplomatic mission in Turkey announced that political conditions in that country had improved so as to "allow for the full resumption of visa services in Turkey." Because of the prior full and partial suspension of visa services earlier in Fall 2017 (see Background, below), demand for visa appointments may result in delays in obtaining a visa appointment, however. Jan 02, 2018
USCIS Policy Memo Narrows Definition of Economist Under NAFTA USCIS memo: "Activities that constitute a broad range of other professions related to economics, such as activity performed by financial analysts, market research analysts, and marketing specialists do not qualify for TN status." Dec 19, 2017
The 60-Day F-1 Grace Period and Adjudication or Revocation of Cap-Gap Petitions After October 1 NAFSA asks SEVP and USCIS to consider 60-day OPT grace period in H-1B cap-gap denial and revocation decisions made after October 1, 2017. Dec 11, 2017
New Addresses for Some Common DOS Web Resources URL changes to several common resources on the Department of State (DOS) website. Dec 11, 2017
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