Update On H-4 Work Authorization

The Trump Administration has proposed a rule to remove eligibility for work authorization for H-4 spouses. The rule is pending review as of February 20, 2019. H-4 visas are issued to the immediate family, including spouses and children, of H-1B skilled-worker visa holders. Currently, H-4 spouses may apply for employment authorization if their H-1B spouses are in the…

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USCIS Published Revised Form I-539 and Introduces New I-539A

On March 8, 2019, USCIS published a revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, and introduced the new Form I-539A, Supplemental Information for Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. Both forms have an edition date of 02/04/2019. Now, every co-applicant included on the primary applicant’s Form I-539 must submit and sign a separate Form I-539A….

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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions

On Tuesday March 12, 2019, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would resume the premium processing program for all H-1B petitions currently pending adjudication and to be filed with the Service. For those that received a Request for Evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, may now include with the RFE response…

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Important Updates for H-1B FY 2020 Season

On January 31, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule revising regulations that govern the H-1B cap-subject petitions. The final rule will change the current lottery selection process in two (2) ways: First, effective, April 1, 2019, USCIS will now reverse the order by which they select H-1B petitions subject to…

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Dealing with employees’ defamatory online attacks: quick guide for TX employers

Employers are more susceptible to online attacks than ever before. Disgruntled employees have numerous avenues at their disposal to air their work-related grievances. They can use their personal social media accounts to publish and share defamatory messages and images with tens of thousands of people. Influential job-review websites allow anyone with an e-mail address to…

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