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Question #1 – H1B Nonimmigrant Work Visa

I have vacation plans to go out of the country the first week of July. Can I file my H-1B extension petition prior to leaving?

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be holding a national webinar on Thursday, September 20, 2018 between 2:00 to 3:00 pm (Eastern). This event will include a discussion of USCIS’ online filing tools and digital services.

Event Information:

To join this webinar on Sept. 20th, use the information below. It is suggested that you connect 10 to 15 minutes early.

Just three days after beginning the use of new Face-Scanning technology at Dulles Airport in Virginia, the CBP got a hit. A young man traveling from Sao Paulo, Brazil, tried to use a French passport, but the new face-detection technology spotted he didn’t match the passport photo. CBP stated it was the first time this technology has detected an impostor!

For more information on this subject, please review WTOP’s News Article,”New face-scanning tech at Dulles helped spot impostor, feds say“.

Source of Information:

We wanted to find a new way to engage our reader base. Every other Friday, we will post the ten (10) best/most frequently asked questions received during the week from our h1bvisalawyerblog, Facebook, and Twitter readers. We will answer those questions and provide the Q&A on our H-1B Visa Lawyer Blog.

If you have a burning question, are seeking assistance with a difficult immigration related case, wish to discuss your views on Comprehensive Immigration Reform, DREAMers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, priority dates, the monthly visa bulletin, adjustment applications, etc., please contact us by submitting your question/comment/viewpoint in our comment box provided on our H-1B Visa Lawyer Blog.

Our next “Q & A Forum” will take place this Friday, September 21, 2018. Act now and submit your questions!

The Department of State has released its latest Visa Bulletin.

Click the link to view the October 2018 Visa Bulletin

The monthly Visa Bulletin has changed. The bulletin now summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during the reported month for: “Application Final Action Dates” (consistent with prior Visa Bulletins) and “Dates for Filing Applications,” indicating when immigrant visa applicants should be notified to assemble and submit required documentation to the National Visa Center using Consular Processing (outside of the US) or file on their own with USCIS Form I-485 (within the US).

The American Immigration Council (AIC) has released all fifty states and the District of Columbia, for a total of fifty-one updated state-by-state fact sheets highlighting immigration data and facts. These fact sheets highlight the demographic and economic impact of Immigrants in each state.

With national immigration policy being discussed, we thought that it would be a good time to provide some statistics on the Immigrant population in the United States as provided by this AIC research. Once a week we will be posting a blog with information on three states at a time. This week we will highlight; Rhode Island, South Carolina and South Dakota!

The AIC has compiled research which shows that Immigrants are an essential part of each of these states’ economy, labor force and tax base. As our economy continues to grow, Immigrants and their children are a growing economic and political force as consumers, taxpayers and entrepreneurs. As United States economic continues to grow, immigrants and their children will continue to play a key role in shaping the economic and political future of each of these states.

The USCIS and the Department of Education have published an online guide entitled, “Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants” in 14 different languages. This guide contains information to help the newly settled immigrants into everyday life here in the United States.

The main subjects covered are:

  • Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Permanent Resident

The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) recently overturned the decision of a Certifying Officer (CO) to deny labor certification for the position of “Support Engineer”.

After receiving & reviewing an Employer’s Application for Permanent Labor Certification, the CO issued an Audit notification directing the Employer to present its recruitment records. In the Notice of Filing (NOF), the Employer lists the position “requires a BA/BS or MA/MS degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Math, Information Systems, Business or related field; Team Manager Positions are available.” The Washington State Workforce Agency (SWA) job order stated “qualifications may include a MA/MS degree or equivalent or a BA/BS degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Engineering, Math, Physics, Information Systems, Business or related field; Multiple positions available.”

The Employer complied with the Audit request and ultimately the CO denied certification of the application. The position communicated in its NOF and SWA did not match the one listed on the Employer’s ETA Form 9089 in violation of PERM Regulation 20 C.F.R. § 656.17 (f)(6). On the Employer’s NOF and SWA, it listed a Master’s degree that surpassed the requirements recorded on the ETA Form.