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Immigration Groups Sue Government to Gain H-1B Lottery Transparency

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and American Immigration Council (AIC) have jointly filed a lawsuit on May 20, 2016, against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in an effort to obtain information regarding how the “H-1B lottery” is conducted. USCIS has never fully disclosed details about


USCIS Completes H-1B Cap Lottery for 2017

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has finished the “H-1B lottery” process for FY2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions. USCIS will begin returning unselected H-1B cap-subject petitions, but is unable to provide a time frame for when the rejected petitions will be returned. USCIS is also transferring some H-1B cap-subject petitions from the Vermont Service Center to


H-1B Cap Premium Processing to Begin May 12, 2016

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers premium processing service for certain employment-based petitions and applications which guarantees processing within 15 calendar days of receiving Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing. However, this year USCIS has announced that it will begin premium processing all H-1B cap-subject petitions on May 12, 2016, regardless of the date