Eng & Nishimura - Los Angeles Immigration Lawyers:<br>Helping US businesses compete globally<br>Helping immigrants achieve the American dream http://www.engnishimura.com/rss.xml en The FY2018 H-1B Filing Season is Here! http://www.engnishimura.com/news/fy2018-h-1b-filing-season-here The FY2018 H-1B Filing Season is Here!<span><span lang="" about="http://www.engnishimura.com/user/54" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">bert.nishimura</span></span> <span>Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:10</span> <div class="contentWrapper"><p><img src="http://www.engnishimura.com/images/DHS.svg" title="Los Angeles immigration attorneys provide information to clients" alt="Los Angeles immigration attorneys provide information to clients" class="topRight" width="200px" height="200px" />The H-1B filing season is now. In order to timely file your FY2018 H-1B petition, it must be received by USCIS between April 1-7, 2017. As was the case the last three H-1B filing seasons, it is likely that USCIS will receive a number of petitions that exceeds the annual H-1B quota. Therefore, in that case, USCIS will conduct a random selection process to determine which petitions will be selected for processing. </p><p>If you need assistance with a H-1B or have any questions about a potential H-1B case, please contact us. </p></div> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 19:10:11 +0000 bert.nishimura 280 at http://www.engnishimura.com What will happen to DACA is still unknown http://www.engnishimura.com/news/what-will-happen-daca-still-unknown What will happen to DACA is still unknown<span><span lang="" about="http://www.engnishimura.com/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">aerialist</span></span> <span>Fri, 11/11/2016 - 11:32</span> <div class="contentWrapper"><p><img src="http://www.engnishimura.com/images/ObamaPortrait.jpg" title="Los Angeles immigration attorneys provide information to clients" alt="Los Angeles immigration attorneys provide information to clients" class="topLeft" width="275px" height="374px" />President Obama's DACA is still in limbo. We do not know what the new President will do with the DACA program and what he will do with those immigrants who have a DACA grant. According to USCIS, there are currently no changes to the DACA program and processing of initial DACA grants and I-765 work authorization requests continues. Please contact us if you have any questions. </p></div> Fri, 11 Nov 2016 19:32:52 +0000 aerialist 279 at http://www.engnishimura.com USCIS Raising Filing Fees on December 23, 2016 http://www.engnishimura.com/news/uscis-raising-filing-fees-december-23-2016 USCIS Raising Filing Fees on December 23, 2016<span><span lang="" about="http://www.engnishimura.com/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">aerialist</span></span> <span>Mon, 10/24/2016 - 16:30</span> <div class="contentWrapper"><p><img src="http://www.engnishimura.com/images/DHS.svg" title="Los Angeles immigration attorneys provide information to clients" alt="Los Angeles immigration attorneys provide information to clients" class="topRight" width="200px" height="200px" />USCIS is raising its filing fees effective December 23, 2016. </p><p>Listed below is a sampling of the new fees. For the complete list, please visit <a href="https://www.uscis.gov/forms/our-fees">the USCIS website</a>. </p><table width="100%"><tr><td>Form</td><td>Old fee</td><td>New fee</td><td>Increase</td><td>%</td></tr><tr></tr><tr><td>I-90</td><td>$365</td><td>$455</td><td>$90</td><td>24.6%</td></tr><tr></tr><tr><td>I-102</td><td>$330</td><td>$445</td><td>115</td><td>34.8%</td></tr><tr></tr><tr><td>I-129</td><td>$325</td><td>$460</td><td>$135</td><td>41.5%</td></tr><tr></tr><tr><td>I-129F</td><td>$340</td><td>$535</td><td>$195</td><td>57.4%</td></tr><tr></tr><tr><td>I-130</td><td>$420</td><td>$535</td><td>$115</td><td>27.4%</td></tr><tr></tr><tr><td>I-140</td><td>$580</td><td>$700</td><td>$120</td><td>20.7%</td></tr><tr></tr><tr><td>I-485</td><td>$985</td><td>$1,140</td><td>$155</td><td>15.7%</td></tr><tr></tr><tr><td>I-539</td><td>$290</td><td>$370</td><td>$80</td><td>27.6%</td></tr><tr></tr><tr><td>I-751</td><td>$505</td><td>$595</td><td>$90</td><td>17.8%</td></tr><tr></tr><tr><td>N-400</td><td>$595</td><td>$640</td><td>$45</td><td>7.6%</td></tr><tr></tr><tr><td>Immigrant Fee</td><td>$165</td><td>$220</td><td>$55</td><td>33.3%</td></tr><tr></tr><tr><td>Biometrics</td><td>$85</td><td>$85</td><td>$0</td><td>0%</td></tr><tr></tr></table></div> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:30:16 +0000 aerialist 276 at http://www.engnishimura.com New Provisional Waiver Regulations http://www.engnishimura.com/news/new-provisional-waiver-regulations New Provisional Waiver Regulations<span><span lang="" about="http://www.engnishimura.com/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">aerialist</span></span> <span>Thu, 07/28/2016 - 09:59</span> <div class="contentWrapper"><p><img src="http://www.engnishimura.com/images/DHS.svg" title="Los Angeles immigration attorneys provide information to clients" alt="Los Angeles immigration attorneys provide information to clients" class="topRight" width="200px" height="200px" />USCIS has published new regulations for the Provisional Waivers. Provisional Waivers waive the three and ten year bars for individuals who have been in the US out of status for at least 180 days or one year. </p><p>Prior to these new regulations, Provisional Waivers were only available to the "immediate relative" visa categories. The new regulations allow all the other categories, including the visa lottery winners, to apply. </p><p>To qualify for a provisional waiver, the applicant must: </p><ul><li>be in the US at the time of filing the application. </li><li>have a case pending with the Department of State based on: <ul><li>an approved immigrant visa petition for which the Department of State immigrant visa processing fee has been paid; or </li><li>selection by the Department of State to participate in the visa lottery. </li></ul></li><li>be the spouse, son or daughter of either a US citizen or of a legal permanent resident who will suffer extreme hardship in the applicant must leave the US. </li></ul><p>The new regulation do not include any new guidelines as to what constitutes extreme hardship. </p><p>The waiver is only a waiver of the bars for being out of status. It is conditional on the consular officer not finding other grounds of inadmissibility. </p><p>Because the Provisional Waiver application is filed while the applicant is in the US, the applicant avoids having to be out of the US for the length of time it takes USCIS to process the waiver, a process that is currently taking over seven months. </p><p>If the Provisional Waiver is approved, the applicant would still need to travel to their home country for the actual visa application. However, unless other grounds of inadmissibility are found, the stay there should two to four weeks, and not the six months or more that would be required for a waiver application filed after the consular interview. </p><p>The new regulations are effective on August 29, 2016. </p></div> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:59:45 +0000 aerialist 268 at http://www.engnishimura.com New OPT STEM Extension Regulations Published http://www.engnishimura.com/news/new-opt-stem-extension-regulations-published New OPT STEM Extension Regulations Published<span><span lang="" about="http://www.engnishimura.com/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">aerialist</span></span> <span>Fri, 03/11/2016 - 11:30</span> <div class="contentWrapper"><p><img src="http://www.engnishimura.com/images/DHS.svg" title="Los Angeles immigration attorneys provide information to clients" alt="Los Angeles immigration attorneys provide information to clients" class="topRight" width="200px" height="200px" />USCIS has published the new OPT STEM extension regulations. Unless the US District Court for the District of Columbia objects, these regulations will continue the OPT STEM extension program. </p><p>The new regulations make some changes to the program. These changes include: </p><ul><li>The extensions are now for 24 months instead of 17 months. </li><li>There is a lifetime maximum of two 24-month extensions, and the second 24-month extension requires a higher degree than the first one. </li><li>OPT students must work a minimum of 20 hours per week and must work under the same conditions and salaries as the employer's other employees. </li><li>OPT STEM extension students must now complete form I-983. This form is used to report information regarding the employment, the employer, and the progress being made in the student's training. It must be signed by the employer. </li><li>The employer must attest that it has sufficient resources and personnel available and is prepared to provide appropriate training in connection with the position at the employers place of business, that the OPT student will not replace a US worker, and that the position assists the student in reaching their training goals. </li><li>USCIS can conduct site visits on a 48-hour notice. </li><li>The allowable periods of unemployment are now 90 days for the initial OPT and no more than a total of 150 including the 24-month STEM extension. </li><li>The student must report changes in name, address, employer's name, employer's address, in the employer's FEIN number, in the conditions of employment, and loss of employment within 10 days, and must confirm that there have been no changes every six months. </li></ul><p>The new regulations go into effect on May 10, 2016. </p></div> Fri, 11 Mar 2016 19:30:50 +0000 aerialist 242 at http://www.engnishimura.com New Regulations for H-1B1s, E-3s, EB-1s and CW-1s http://www.engnishimura.com/news/new-regulations-h-1b1s-e-3s-eb-1s-and-cw-1s New Regulations for H-1B1s, E-3s, EB-1s and CW-1s<span><span lang="" about="http://www.engnishimura.com/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">aerialist</span></span> <span>Thu, 01/14/2016 - 09:45</span> <div class="contentWrapper"><p><img src="http://www.engnishimura.com/images/DHS.svg" title="Los Angeles immigration attorneys provide information to clients" alt="Los Angeles immigration attorneys provide information to clients" class="topRight" width="200px" height="200px" />USCIS has published final rules in the Federal Register. These final rules will have the following effects: </p><ul><li>For H-1B1 (Chile and Singapore) and CW-1 (CNMI-Only Nonimmigrant Transitional Worker), it will extend work authorization incident to status with the same employer if the employer has filed a timely extension of the H-1B1s stay. </li><li>Harmonizes E-3, H-1B1 and CW-1 with similarly situated nonimmigrant classifications. </li><li>For EB-1 Outstanding Professors and Researchers, it expands the list of initial evidence to include other forms of evidence listed in 8 CFR 204.5(i)(3)(i). </li></ul> The new regulations will go in effect on February 16, 2016. </div> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 17:45:08 +0000 aerialist 247 at http://www.engnishimura.com