District Court Issues Decision on H-1b Validity Period

In Valorem Consulting Group v. USCIS, the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri considered whether it was arbitrary and capricious for USCIS to grant an H-1b visa for only a one year validity period when the Beneficiary was expected to work on multiple projects for different clients. In this case, the… Continue reading District Court Issues Decision on H-1b Validity Period

Senator Grassley Points to Flaws in the OPT STEM Program and Demands an Investigation !

As reported in this blog previously, President Obama’s administration recently expanded the number of STEM programs that make OPT available for 29 months.  This expansion bypassed Congress and was issued without notice and comment or any other rulemaking procedure. Senator Grassley has called for an investigation into the STEM OPT program.  He claims that the expanded program… Continue reading Senator Grassley Points to Flaws in the OPT STEM Program and Demands an Investigation !

US Consulates in Canada join in on the fun !

We knew it couldn’t last and we are sad to report that the US Consulates in Canada have now joined their brethren from Posts in India and Manila in determining that it is their duty as red-blooded Americans to re-adjudicate every issue in an H-1b petition before issuing a visa. The US Consulates are re-adjudicating issues relating to itinerary… Continue reading US Consulates in Canada join in on the fun !

USCIS releases first report on FY2012 H-1b cap cases filed

The USCIS  has released the number of cap cases filed through April 7, 2011 and as expected, the number of new cap filings does not come close to reaching the quota .  Specifically, 4,500 cap cases were filed toward the Master’s quota and 5,900 toward the regular quota.  These numbers represent drops of 57% and 21%… Continue reading USCIS releases first report on FY2012 H-1b cap cases filed