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ALERT: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions

Written by Sujata Ajmera on October 4, 2017

On October 3, 2017, USCIS announced that it would begin accepting Premium Processing Requests for H-1B petitions in every filing category.  The program was temporarily suspended in April 2017 for H-1B filings, causing disruption to businesses that frequently rely on the expedite option to accommodate employee travel and maintenance of status. The H-1B Premium Processing Read More…

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program Rescinded

Written by Sujata Ajmera on September 5, 2017

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration, through Attorney General Jeff Sessions, announced its decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. The program was implemented through Executive Order by President Obama in 2012 and allowed certain unlawfully present individuals who entered the United States as minors to receive deferred deportation and Read More…

H-1B Petitioners Hit With Surprise Scrutiny

Written by Allissa Wickham, Law360 on August 30, 2017

As seen in Law360. With the Trump administration ramping up scrutiny of the H-1B visa program for skilled foreign workers, immigration attorneys say they’re seeing an increase in government requests for evidence on H-1B petitions, with extra attention paid to those that offer entry-level wages. Sujata Ajmera of Strasburger & Price, LLP said that, traditionally, Read More…

Trump’s H-1B Order Poses Threat to Startups

Written by Mike Cronin, Austin Business Journal on April 26, 2017

As seen in the Austin Business Journal. The final policy that results from President Donald Trump’s executive order to review the H-1B visa process remains uncertain. And uncertainty, as executives know, is bad for business. “This is a bad situation,” said Charisse Castagnoli, vice president of security and general counsel at Trucker Path Inc. The Read More…

Latest Executive Order Poised to Reform H-1B Visa Program

Written by Sujata Ajmera on April 19, 2017

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Buy American and Hire American” whereby the executive branch confirmed its intent to “rigorously enforce and administer the laws governing entry into the United States of workers from abroad.”  The Executive Order states that as soon as possible, the Secretary of State, Attorney General, Read More…