US Government Resources and Websites

The following resources include a range of links, information and forms for both United States and Global Immigration requirements:

  1. “U.S. Department of Labor” (links to http://www.dol.gov)
    • “Occupational Outlook Handbook” (links to http://www.bls.gov/ooh/)
  2. “U.S. Department of State” (links to http://www.state.gov)
  3. “U.S. Customs and Immigration Services” (links to http://www.uscis.gov)
  4. “U.S. Department of Justice” (links to https://www.justice.gov)
  5. “U.S. Customs and Border Protection” (http://www.cbp.gov)

Mindset Moments

  • 17-Jan-2021

    Immigration Update

    Trump’s DHS Makes Last Gasp Efforts to Eliminate H-1B Visas DHS and DOL Rules Aim to Make H-1B Filings Impossible The Trump Administration in its assault on immigration has, in a last gasp effort, attempted to undermine the non-immigrant and ...
  • 7-Jan-2021

    Immigration Update

    USCIS Issues Final Rule on H-1B Cap Visa Selection Process DHS Final Rules Includes Procedures IF the Registration Process is Suspended The Trump Administration has continued efforts to contravene legislative process and enact measures on immigration ...
  • 1-Dec-2020

    Immigration Update

    Trump Administration Measures to Restrict Work Visas Thrown Out The Department of Labor Called Out for Not Following Due Procedures The Trump Administration’s restrictive measures on H-1B visas, through the imposition of punitive salary ...
  • 9-Sep-2020

    URGENT IMMIGRATION UPDATES

    Trump Administration Moves Interim Final Rule to Restrict H-1B Visas Administration Looks to Short-Circuit Process to Impose Draconian Measures, With Court Challenge Likely The Department of Homeland Security in conjunction with its agency The United ...
  • 24-Aug-2020

    URGENT IMMIGRATION UPDATES

    USCIS Fee Increases Effective October 3, 2020 $4000 or $4500 Fee to apply to Most H-1B and L-1 Filings for Companies with 50 or More Employees with 50% in Non-immigrant Visas The Department of Homeland Security has recently announced fee increases ...
  • 4-Aug-2020

    URGENT IMMIGRATION UPDATES

    Trump Administration Moves to Further Restrict H-1B Visas Prohibition of H-1B Visa Holders on Federal Contracts Additional Measures in 45 Days to Subvert the H-1B Visa Program The Trump Administration, through an Executive Order, moved aggressively ...
  • 15-Jul-2020

    URGENT IMMIGRATION UPDATES

    Trump Administration Rescinds Draconian Measures Targeting F-1 Students The Trump Administration has reached a deal with U.S. Universities to extend the ability of international students with F-1 visas to take fully online course loads while ...
  • 22-Jun-2020

    URGENT IMMIGRATION UPDATES

    Trump to Suspend Nonimmigrant Visa (H-1B, L-1, J-1) Entries to U.S. Extend Blockage on Issuance of Greencards In an escalation of the Trump Administration’s efforts to restrict immigration to the United States, an Executive Order ...
  • 22-Jun-2020

    USCIS RESCINDS MEMOS ON EMPLOYER - EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIPS AND ITINERARY OF SERVICES

    Memos Rescinded As Part of Court Settlement As part of a court settlement in the ITServe Alliance case, the USCIS agreed to rescind the two restrictive memos that impacted H-1B petitioners, especially in cases involving Third Party Placements. These ...
  • 22-Jun-2020

    URGENT IMMIGRATION UPDATES

    Trump Executive Order Suspends Nonimmigrant Visa (H-1B, L-1, J-1) Entry to U.S. Until December 31, 2020 Extends Blockage on Issuance of Greencards Does Not Apply to Those with Valid Visas or Currently in the U.S. President Donald Trump issued an ...
  • 12-Jun-2020

    USCIS Recommencing Premium Processing

    The USCIS has announced that it will be resuming premium processing of cases in states starting next week. - Effective on June 1, 2020 USCIS will accept and process I-140 applications in premium processing - Effective June 8th, all H-1B cases (that ...
  • 12-Jun-2020

    DRACONIAN MEASURES AGAINST IMMIGRATION BEING CONTEMPLATED

    Complete Ban on Non-Immigrants and Gutting of the H-1B Visa Program President Donald J. Trump and his administration are considering draconian measures to try and stop most non-immigrants from entering the United States for an initial period of 180 ...
  • 29-May-2020

    IMMIGRATION UPDATES

    USCIS IS REOPENING OFFICES ON JUNE 4th U.S. GOV’T SUPPORTS H-4 EAD PROGRAM IN COURT NEW USCIS ACTION EXPECTED IN 90-DAYS AS A RESULT OF THE ITServe Alliance, Inc. SETTLEMENT BI-PARTISAN BILL INTRODUCED TO RECONFIGURE H-1B AND L-1 VISAS The ...
  • 24-Apr-2020

    PRESIDENTIAL EXECTIVE ORDER RESTRICTING IMMIGRATION

    60 Day Suspension for Immigrant Visas Impacts Those Outside U.S. 30 Day Timeline for Recommendations on Restrictions for NonImmigrant Visas The President of the United States, Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Order that imposed a 60- day ...
  • 24-Apr-2020

    Presidential Executive Order Not Expected To Impact Nonimmigrant Visas (including H-1B and L-1)

    Will Freeze Most Immigrant Visas Including Employer Sponsored Greencards In a rapidly developing story, the President is expected to announce far-reaching restrictions on immigration to the United States during his daily briefing later this ...
  • 27-Mar-2020

    USCIS Enables 60 Day Extensions For RFE's & NOIDS

    Effective for Notices Issued between March 1, 2020 and May 1, 2020 The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has enacted a measure that will extend the deadline for Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs), ...
  • 20-Mar-2020

    USCIS Suspends Premium Processing For Form I-129 And I-140 Petitions

    USCIS Will Accept Reproduced Original Signatures The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced the suspension of Premium Processing for all Form I-129 and I-140 petitions due to the Coronavirus emergency. While this is ...
  • 20-Mar-2020

    USCIS Suspends Premium Processing For Form I-129 And I-140 Petitions

    USCIS Will Accept Reproduced Original Signatures The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced the suspension of Premium Processing for all Form I-129 and I-140 petitions due to the Coronavirus emergency. While this is ...
  • 18-Mar-2020

    USCIS Closes Offices For In Person Appointments

    The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced office closings in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the USCIS: “USCIS Offices Temporarily Closed to the Public: As of March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ...
  • 18-Mar-2020

    USCIS Suspends H-1B Premium Processing For FY 2021 Cap Subject Petitions

    Suspension Does NOT Apply to H-1B Extensions or Amendments The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that FY 2021 H-Cap Petitions will not be eligible for Premium Processing. For H-1B cases filed as a Change of Status from ...
  • 6-Feb-2020

    Federal Register Documents New FY 2021 H-1B Registration Process

    The U.S. Federal Register has recorded the new USCIS registration process which will be implemented for the FY 2021 H-1B Cap petitions. As stated previously, Petitioners or their Authorized Legal Representatives will be required to electronically ...
  • 6-Feb-2020

    USCIS Increases Filing Fees Amid Concerns About Stringent New Regulations

    The USCIS has released a proposed new rule that impacts multiple categories of immigrant and non-immigrant visas and is rumored to be the first in a series of upcoming measures from the administration. In the 314-page new rule, USCIS states that ...
  • 6-Feb-2020

    FY 2021 H-1B Registration Process Detailed

    The USCIS has announced the successful completion of a registration process which will be implemented for the FY 2021 H-1B Cap petitions. Petitioners or their authorized representatives will be required to electronically register all prospective ...
  • 6-Feb-2020

    FY 2021 H-1B Registration Process: Many Questions, Few Answers

    The USCIS has raised the anxiety levels among practitioners and corporate sponsors by not being fully forthcoming on the new H-1B registration process for FY2021 H-1B Cap subject petitions. The basic construct of the new process will mean that all ...
  • 18-Sep-2019

    U.S. Department of State Releases October Visa Bulletin

    U.S. Department of State Releases October Visa Bulletin Retrogression Is More Severe or Shows Little Movement for Indian Nationals in EB-1 and EB-2 Categories The October Visa Bulletin shows little movement for Indian Nationals – and for cases ...