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H1B Lottery Done
USCIS completed its lottery.
Well, they done did it. USCIS completed a lottery to select which H1B visa petitions will be considered this year. This year there was no prior indication that a lottery would be conducted, as there had in previous years. We simply received the announcement this afternoon that it was done. Hopefully our office’s petitions will be selected. Here's the announcement if you'd like to read it. USCIS Completes H1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY19.
More later, but in honor of the lottery announcement, here's a song:
This is going to be an ongoing series of postings about choosing an immigration lawyer. Today I chatted with someone who needed a lawyer because his mother died but left property in India and has a dispute with his sister. It was mainly a counseling session on how to focus the issues, sift out emotions, and pick the right lawyer. To recap: One. Absolutely be aware of any impending deadlines and tell a prospective lawyer immediately. I advised this individual to send a letter overnight express to request additional time to respond to a motion so he could find another lawyer. He can even ask his previous lawyer as a courtesy to e-file it. Two. Dial back the emotional fervor. Seek grief counseling. If there is no relevant death in the circumstances, think about one’s emotions in general. This helps a potential lawyer analyze your situation and decipher facts from emotions. Three. When looking for attorneys, focus on the factual issues. Identify your specific role in the matter to a po
The 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden, has issued immigration changes on his inaugural day . His transition organization issued a fact sheet laying out many executive orders to sign as he steps into the White House for the first time as U.S. President, including several immigration policies. UPDATE 01/21/21: Those executive orders and actions are now in effect and their language can be found on the White House web page or this link . Day-1 executive orders orders are commonly prepared and signed by all modern U.S. Presidents. Some are meant to reinforce the new President's priorities, and some are to temporarily suspend the previous President's orders, especially prior agency regulations that have not yet been finalized and may be cancelled by the President/agency heads. President Biden's inaugural schedule includes primarily ceremonial visits. But once he arrives at his new abode for the next four years, he will step into the oval office and take his fir
This week USCIS released a new Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9. Many people don’t realize the I-9 form, filled out by new employees—citizens and noncitizens alike—is actually an immigration form. All businesses with employees should carefully review the changes in this handbook. The new I-9 form itself began Jan. 31, 2020. https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/handbook-employers-m-274