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Update: Premium Processing Resumes for H-1B Petitions Filed on or Before December 21, 2018

By Angelita Chavez-Halaka, Armando Escobedo, and Gladys Gervacio Summary Starting February 19, 2019, USCIS will resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018. USCIS announced that it will resume premium processing on February 19, 2019 for all H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018. If USCIS issued a […]
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Revised Form I-539 and New Form I-539A

By Angelita Chavez-Halaka, Armando Escobedo, and Gladys Gervacio Summary On March 11, 2019, USCIS will publish on its website a revised Form I-539 (Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status) with an edition date of 02/04/2019. USCIS will also publish a new Form I-539A (Supplemental Information for Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status). The new Form I-539A will replace […]
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April 1, 2019 is Near: How to Succeed with FY 2020 H-1B CAP

By: Brittany Simmons The first week of April 2019 will be here before we can blink. What’s that you hear? The palpable anxiety stemming from your pounding heart? While there is much to dread over the next several weeks, we will make it through and tackle this one day at a time, one coffee at […]
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Update: Final Rule on H-1B Cap Selection Process

By Angelita Chavez-Halaka, Armando Escobedo, and Gladys Gervacio Summary On January 31, 2019 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will publish the final rule on the implementation of a new H-1B selection process beginning fiscal year (FY) 2020 cap season. The electronic registration requirement will be suspended for FY 2020 H-1B cap season. Effective Date […]
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California Board Members: More Power to Women

By Rubeena Sachdev Governor Jerry Brown signed into law that all public companies headquartered in California must have at least one female board member by the end of 2019. Larger boards will need to appoint more women by 2021. Companies that do not comply with SB 826 will receive a penalty of up to $300,000. […]
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Update: Premium Processing for FY 2019 H-1B Cap Cases Resumes

By Angelita Chavez-Halaka; Armando Escobedo; Gladys Gervacio Summary On Monday, January 28, 2019, USCIS will reinstate Premium Processing for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions, including H-1B Master’s Cap for the advanced degree exemption. Qualifying H-1B Cases: Pending FY 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions; those cases that have been issued a Request for Evidence (RFE) should include Premium Processing fees […]
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Incomplete Immigration Petitions: Requests for Evidence (RFE) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID)

By Phani Bobba Employers may receive Requests for Evidence (RFE) or Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID) from US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) when they submit incomplete immigration petitions. Neither notice necessarily means a petition will be denied, however. Although there are key differences between RFEs and NOIDs, employers can overcome either to get […]
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Split Decision: Should Companies Split the Chairperson and CEO Roles?

By Shagun Parekh The top two leadership roles in the corporate world are the Chairperson of the Board of Directors (“Chairperson”) and the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”). These instrumental and coveted designations impact the company in innumerable ways, but the nature of that impact depends largely on the corporate structure of the company. Combined or […]
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Choosing a Governing Law for Your Contract

By Parth Jain It is important to choose a governing law for all contractual relationships. When all parties are from the same state and the contract will be performed there, the choice is simple. However, more business transactions are taking place across borders. In these cases, it is essential to nominate a governing law for […]
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EB-2 to EB-3 Downgrade for Indian and Chinese Nationals – January 2019

By Angelita Chavez, Gladys Gervacio, Toni Ordona, and Armando Escobedo Summary On December 13, 2018, the Department of State (DOS) released the January 2019 Visa Bulletin. Of particular relevance is the employment-based third (EB-3) and second preference (EB-2) category for India and China.  The EB-3 category for beneficiaries born in China and India has a […]
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