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H-1B Visa Petition Filings Decrease to Pre-2014 Levels

Even though the H-1B visa cap was reached in only 4 days this year, the total number of H-1B visa petitions filed dropped for the first time in 5 years.

In fact, the number of H-1B visa petitions filed dropped below 200,000 for the first time since 2014 signaling a shift in the demand for the controversial visa. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is going to sign an executive order that may significantly overhaul the H-1B program. It is colloquially named “Buy American, Hire American.” The administration believes the H-1B program is undercutting U.S. workers.

The experienced immigration attorney at Columbus, Ohio-based Porter Law Office, LLC has in depth experience with securing immigration benefits including H-1B visa petition filings. If you need assistance with an H-1B visa, contact the business immigration lawyer at Porter Law Office, LLC in Columbus, Ohio today.

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H-1B Visa Cap for Fiscal Year 2018 Reached on April 7, 2017

ALERT—USCIS announced on 4/7/17 that it has reached the H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2018 for both regular and master’s cap petitions.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced today that it has reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 visa H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018 and it received enough H-1B visa petitions to meet the 20,000 so called “master’s cap”. What this means is that unselected petitions will now be returned with filing fees to the petitioning employer or immigration counsel’s office.

USCIS has not yet indicated how many petitions were filed under the FY 2018 H-1B visa cap. We will provide that information once it becomes available.

The experienced immigration attorney at Columbus, Ohio-based Porter Law Office, LLC has in depth experience with securing immigration benefits including H-1B visas. If you need assistance with an H-1B visa, contact the business immigration lawyer at Porter Law Office, LLC in Columbus, Ohio today.

What Happens Next?

Now that the FY 2018 H-1B visa cap has been reached, USCIS will reject and return the filing fees of the unselected petitions. If your H-1B visa petition was exempt from the cap, USCIS will continue to process it. Also, if you were previously counted against the H-1B visa cap, and you have retained your cap number, you will not be counted toward the FY 2018 visa cap.

In addition, USCIS will continue to process H-1B petitions filed to:

  1. Extend H-1B status
  2. Amend the terms and conditions of employmetn for current H-1B workers
  3. Transfer an H-1B visa to another employer
  4. File a concurrent H-1B petition

U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require specialized knowledge.

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H-1B Visa Representation

Porter Law Office, LLC has experience in securing H-1B visas for a wide variety of organization and individuals. The H-1B visa process is complex. There are strict federal labor laws and immigration rules and regulations. Columbus, Ohio immigration lawyer Matthew R. Porter, Esq. assists employers in complying with the H-1B visa regulations. We can help your organization with H-1B visa petition filings and compliance issues. If your organization is considering sponsoring a foreign national on an H-1B visa, contact Columbus, Ohio immigration lawyer Matthew R. Porter to discuss your H-1B visa options.

Analysis of Trump’s New Executive Order on Immigration

President Trump signed a new executive order on immigration policy. Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, John Kelly, issued a statement on March 6, 2017 that lauded the president’s efforts with respect to this order.

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New Executive Order on Immigration Explained

The order is titled, “Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” and the order can be here.

As an immigration lawyer in Columbus, Ohio, who has studied Trump’s executive order on immigration, the order’s stated policy is to revoke his previous order (Executive Order 13769) and replace it with this order. The difference between the two is that the most recent order expressly excludes from the suspensions categories of aliens that have prompted judicial concerns and which clarifies or refines the approach to certain other issues or categories of affected aliens.

If you have questions about Trump’s executive orders on immigration, contact the Columbus, Ohio based boutique immigration law firm to speak with an immigration attorney today.

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On April 3, 2017, USCIS to Temporarily Suspend H-1B Premium Processing

ALERT—USCIS recently announced that it will no longer accept H-1B premium processing petitions starting April 3, 2017.

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USCIS Suspends H-1B Premium Processing as of April 3, 2017

This suspension affects all H-1B cases filed under the upcoming regular or master’s cap. USCIS anticipates the “premium processing” suspension to last “up to six months” while it catches up on long-pending petitions. These include H-1B extension cases that are nearing the 240 day mark.

The experienced immigration attorney at Columbus, Ohio-based Porter Law Office, LLC has in depth experience with securing immigration benefits including H-1B visas.

If you need assistance with an immigration matter or an H-1B premium processing case, contact the business immigration lawyer at Porter Law Office, LLC in Columbus, Ohio today.

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New H1B Visa Fees and USCIS Fee Increases

Effective December 23, 2016, USCIS has increased fees for most immigration forms, including increase H1B visa fees.

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USCIS Increases Fees for Immigration Forms

For any immigration benefit sought after December 23, 2016, the following new fees are required or your petition or application will be rejected by USCIS. The H-1B visa fees have increased from $325 to $460.

The experienced immigration attorney at Columbus, Ohio-based Porter Law Office, LLC has in depth experience with securing immigration benefits including H1B visas.

If you need assistance with an immigration matter or an H-1B visa, contact the business immigration lawyer at Porter Law Office, LLC in Columbus, Ohio today.

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Green Card to Citizenship for Spouse of U.S. Citizen

Are you a green card holder who is married to a U.S. citizen? You may be able to become a naturalized U.S. citizen through the green card to citizenship process.

Naturalization for Spouses of U.S. Citizens

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Spouses of U.S. Citizens have Faster Path from Green Card to Citizenship

If you are married to a United States citizen, you may qualify for naturalization under Section 319(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”). The INA allows green card holders who are married to U.S. citizens to naturalize in a shorter period of time. If you are a green card holder married to a U.S. citizen, you may be eligible to naturalize right now. But there are important rules under the INA that you need to be aware of.

Porter Law Office, LLC is a boutique immigration law firm in Columbus, Ohio that routinely assists clients through the complex naturalization process. We have in depth experience helping individuals achieve their dream of becoming a U.S. citizen through the green card to citizenship process.

Contact Ohio immigration lawyer for a consultation to discuss your naturalization options.

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Green Card Marriage Procedure for Individuals Already in the U.S.

If you are a U.S. citizen married to a foreign national present in the United States who is not inadmissible you may utilize the green card marriage procedure to help your spouse adjust status to that of lawful permanent resident.

Green Card Through Marriage

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Green Card Marriage Procedure USCIS Forms and Fees

Obtaining a green card through marriage with USCIS can be the fastest way to become a lawful permanent resident. But, the green card marriage procedure can be very complex. It requires attention to some very specific regulatory requirements under the immigration laws.

Porter Law Office, LLC is a boutique immigration law firm in Columbus, Ohio. We will promptly and carefully prepare your marriage-based green card application. Our goal is to prepare and file the best possible marriage-based green card application with USCIS. That way, you will have peace of mind knowing that your spouse is living in lawful status in the U.S.

Contact the experienced marriage green card lawyer in Columbus, Ohio today.

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USCIS Improves Citizenship Resources for Mobile Devices

Citizenship Resource Center will be easier to use from a smartphone, tablet or other mobile device.

As part of the USCIS Office of Citizenship, which promotes instruction and training on citizenship, the Citizenship Resource Center provides free citizenship materials preparation and study materials.

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Citizenship Materials Easier to Access on All Handheld Devices

Beginning December 12, these citizenship materials have become easier to use from a smartphone, tablet or other mobile device. Among the improvements, the new design puts key navigational links inside a single “hamburger” icon like that found on many other mobile sites. This redesign follows the launch of mobile friendly design on other parts of uscis.gov and uscis.gov/es earlier this year.

The experienced immigration attorney at Porter Law Office, LLC has helped numerous individuals achieve their dream of obtaining U.S. citizenship through the naturalization process.

Contact Columbus, Ohio immigration and naturalization lawyer for a consultation to discuss your options.

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H-4 Visa for Dependent of H-1B Visa Holders

H-4 Visa for Dependents

If you are the spouse or child of an H-1B worker, you may be eligible for H-4 visa dependent status. Individuals who have an H-4 visa are generally not authorized to work in the United States (unless the H-1B worker is seeking employment based permanent residency) but they may attend school. A dependent child may hold H-4 status until age 21.

If you have questions regarding the H-4 visa, or any other employment-based immigration benefit such as the H-1B visa, contact the experienced immigration lawyer at Porter Law Office, LLC today.

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Trump Immigration Policy: Ten Point Plan Explained

Trump immigration plan explained

The Trump immigration policy is rooted in protection. It aims to protect the American worker, national security, and the rule of law.

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Trump immigration policy has ten points aimed to help the American worker

As an immigration lawyer in Columbus, Ohio who has studied Trump’s immigration plan, the plan’s protection goals must comply with equitable immigration laws. This article explains the ten main points of Trump’s immigration policy from an immigration attorney standpoint.

If you have questions about Trump’s immigration plan, contact the Columbus, Ohio based boutique immigration law firm to speak with an immigration attorney today.

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