Things you should be aware if you are H-1B employee in IT consulting company

May 30, 2019
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IT consulting companies are often the “targets” when it comes to immmigration fraud situations, and it is demonstrated by the data itself. H-1B petitions filed by IT consulting companies are being examined way heavier and longer than the others, with the denial rate less than 10% in 2015, and has risen up to 40% roughly.
USCIS has a Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) branch, and one of its missions is to verify the information from the H-1B petitions. And it often will be in the form of request for evidence (RFE) or site visits. When it comes to site visits, immigration officers usually will show up unannounced and they will request to speak with H-1B employees, their manager or even HR. It is not an easy situation to deal with because not everyone in the company is able to provide the absolute accurate information about a specific employee, especially for those large size companies.
From analyzing the H-1B data this year. Two out of the top five H-1B employers this year are IT consulting companies, and as always, the head IT companies are from California.
申请咨询公司职位,你应该注意些什么?
IT咨询公司往往是移民局受关注对象。数据显示,咨询公司提交的H-1B申请普遍都受到更严格的审查,拒绝率甚至高达40%;而这一数据在2015年还不到10%。
服务局内部设有反欺诈检测和国家安全(FDNS)分支机构,负责核实H-1B和L-1申请中提交的信息,常常会派人进行“突击检查”来验证公司和员工的真实性。现场检查人员往往会与外籍员工本人或公司内部人员进行对话检查。而对于外籍员工而言,这可能是一个非常棘手的情况。公司里并不是所有的人都对外籍员工的情况有了解。哪怕是项目经理,甚至都可能不清楚自己所监管的外籍员工的背景资料。
而通过分析今年的H-1B资料数据来看,IT的咨询公司占据了H-1B申请人数的很大一部分,排名前五的雇主里有两家就属于consulting公司,主要还集中在加州地区。
为了缓解任何潜在的问题,尤其是对于大型IT咨询公司,一定要事先对外籍员工的情况了解清楚,好以应对突如其来的突击访问。如果你正好在咨询公司工作,对自己身份问题存在担忧,欢迎联系我们,我们将为你详细解惑。

USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions

May 23, 2019
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USCIS has completed data entry for all fiscal year 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the computer-generated random selection process, including those selected under the U.S. advanced degree exemption.
As in previous years, USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that are not selected and will issue an announcement once USCIS are done notifying petitioners. Due to the volume of filings, a definite time frame for returning unselected petitions cannot be provided. Petitioners should wait to inquire about the status of their cap-subject petitions until they receive a receipt notice or an unselected petition that USCIS have returned.
Additionally, USCIS may transfer some Form I-129 H-1B cap-subject petitions between the Vermont Service Center and the California Service Center to balance the workload and enhance efficiencies. If your case is transferred, you will receive notification in the mail. After receiving the notification, please send all future correspondence to the center processing your petition.
移民局完成了2020财政年H-1B抽签,未抽中的包裹将退回处理。
美国移民局于5月17日完成了2020财年H-1B的抽签。与往年一样,对于未抽中签的包裹,移民局将会进行退回处理。同时由于数量巨大,具体什么时候收到退回的包裹暂时未有明确时间。对于今年没抽中的同学,要赶紧着手准备接下来的计划了。
还有意继续留美的同学可以选择延长OPT,申请学校等等,艺术类的申请者则可以考虑O-1签证。有人欢喜有人愁,希望大家都获得了自己想要的结果!

USCIS: Marijuana-Related Activities May Affect Your Naturalization Application Result

May 16, 2019
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USCIS recently released a policy guidance to explain that certain marijuana-related activities will have a negative impact on the result of naturalization applications, regardless of the fact that they are legal under applicable state laws. If the applicants violate the federal laws, they will be deemed to lack good moral character.
Under federal law, marijuana is classified as a “Schedule I” controlled substance, its manufacture (including planting, cultivating, harvesting, etc), distribution, dispensation and possession may eventually lead to denial in naturalization application. Immigration lawyers suggest that if you are interested in applying for citizenship now or in the future, you need to avoid participating in any kind of marijuana-related activities, and even to avoid working or investing on any marijuana-related companies. According to the report, ICE may also check the applicant’s social media accounts.
美国移民局的新政策:染指大麻可能会影响入籍
移民局(USCIS)最近发布了政策说明,以解释特定与大麻有关的活动可能会影响入籍,哪怕该州的法律已合法化大麻。如果一旦被发现违反了联邦法律,这样申请人可能被认为缺乏良好的道德品质。
联邦法律将大麻分类为“附表I”受控物质,其制造(包括种植,培养,繁殖或收获等行为),分配,派发或收藏都可能会对移民申请产生影响。一些从业者建议客户不要为大麻相关公司工作或投资。据报道,美国海关和边境保护局也有可能检查社交媒体账户。

Princeton President Eisgruber, leaders of New Jersey universities express concern to Congress about

May 9, 2019
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Princeton President Eisgruber, along with other leaders of New Jersey universities, sent a letter to the state’s Congressional delegation, showing their concern that the universities are facing an obstacle in attracting and retaining foreign students and faculties.
Eisgruber initiated this action. And in recent years, he has been trying to convey an idea that international students and faculties are crucial to the development of college campus. Eisgruber also doubted the current immigration policies, and advocated for the DACA program.
For the past few years, New Jersey universities found that the difficulty for international students and faculties to get student/work visa has been rapidly increasing. Other colleges across the country also shared the same idea.
In the letter, it is said that “Our schools vary in mission, size and the makeup of our student bodies, but we all depend on our ability to attract motivated students and scholars from throughout society and around the world. We believe our success in these endeavors plays an important role in building the state’s innovation economy.”
According to a recent research from AILA, compared to the previous two fiscal years, the total time consumed in processing immigration cases has increased 46%, and the number of international students has dropped two years in a row.
普林斯顿校长给写信国会,对目前移民情况表示担忧
普林斯顿校长Eisgruber连同新泽西州各高校校长向新泽西州国会代表团致信,信中表示大学高校在吸引和留住外籍教师,学生和员工方面所面临的障碍日益增加。
Eisgruber率先带头此次行动,近几年来,他一直努力向政府传达国际学生和教师对大学校园的重要性。 Eisgruber对目前的移民政策存疑,并称其”有害”,同时重申“梦想生”计划的重要性。
在过去的几年里,新泽西州的大学发现,外籍学生或员工在获得学生或工作签证上难度大大增加,数量也明显下降。全国各地的高等教育机构都表达了类似的现象。
信中表达:“每个学校的使命,规模和学生团体的构成各不相同,但我们都依赖于来自世界各地的学生和教职工的能力。我们相信,他们对于建设国家创新经济起着重要作用。“
根据美国移民律师协会最近的一项研究,联邦政府处理外国签证所需的总时间在过去两个财政年度增加了46%。在一份单独的报告中,研究生院理事会发现,美国国际研究生的入学人数连续两年下降。
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https://www.princeton.edu/news/2019/05/02/eisgruber-leaders-new-jersey-universities-express-concern-congress-about?fbclid=IwAR16gzODkL_uA6mba1YWPACkQUIxGk5oTI59XIHxpEM0FByD7RLQhlz71mA

USCIS acknowledges that its own policies cause case processing delays

May 1, 2019
Last month, USCIS responded to a letter sent by 86 Members of the House of Representatives on February 2019, who demanded explanations for its unreasonable delays in case processing. The response showed some evidence that USCIS’s own misguided policies are the reasons of causing the delays, which is harming millions of individuals, families, and U.S. businesses throughout the country.
In fiscal year 2018, USCIS’s backlog has caused processing delays of over 5 million cases. It marks a 29 percent increase since fiscal year 2016 and a 69 percent increase since fiscal year 2014. Yet, this USCIS response failed to achieve the full transparency into the details behind this crisis.
However, the concept of “USCIS completions per hour” was contained in the letter. The agency has noted that these completion rates measure the “average hours per adjudication of an immigration benefit request.” and also the administration has conceded that “declining completions per hour limit our ability to reduce the current overall backlog.”
Besides, delays result from the issuance of Request for Evidence (RFE) are not accounted for in this measure. So if you are applying any immigration visa, it is important to obtain qualified legal counsel to guide them through the whole process.
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终于认了!移民局处理案件时间延误的原因竟是…
上个月,移民局回应了众议院86位议员于2019年2月发出的一封信,该要求移民局解释其在案件处理方面的不合理延误。然而移民局的回复表明了造成延误的原因竟然是内部的政策原因,而案件延误令全国范围内造成数百万个人,家庭和美国企业受到伤害。
在2018财政年度,由于USCIS的案件积压,导致超过500万份申请的处理造成延误。这一数据比2016财年增长了29%,比2014财年增长了69%。然而,USCIS的回应未能完全透露这场政策原因背后的细节。
但是,信中载有“移民局每小时完工时间”的概念,用于衡量“每份移民福利申请的平均审理时间。”并且他们已经承认“每小时审理次数的下降限制了减少当前案件积压的处理能力”。
此外,在此措施中未考虑发出证据请求(RFE)导致的延迟。因此,如果您申请任何移民签证,获得合格的法律顾问以指导他们完成整个过程非常重要。
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