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H-1B Premium Processing Reopened and Last Call for Cap H-1Bs

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will now accept premium processing requests on all H-1B petitions. USCIS will likely issue another notice prior to H-1B cap filings but for now pending or new filed H petitions may be premium processed.

As the April 1 H-1B cap filing date approaches, please confirm whether your company employs recent foreign student graduates on optional practical training work authorization or whether you have foreign individuals your company would like to employ in the US that may not qualify for intracompany or treaty visas. The H-1B visa work authorization will not begin until October 1, 2019. If we do not file for an H-1B cap visa on April 1, we cannot file again until April 1, 2020. This does not apply to change of employer or cap exempt H-1Bs but rather an individual's first H-1B visa.

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Kimberly A. Clarke, Varnum, Immigration Lawyer

Kim focuses her practice on immigration matters, including nonimmigrant petitions, both employment- and family-based permanent residence applications, expatriation and foreign visa issues. She has developed a strong background in the area of worker verification issues and managed clients through internal and agency Form I-9 audits, USICE compliance investigations and civil criminal charges.

In addition, Kim maintains a specialty practice of consultation with agricultural clients and handles various agricultural labor and employment issues such as compliance with...

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Yvonne focuses her practice primarily on employment and family-based immigration in addition to general corporate matters. She assists clients with employment and family-based permanent residence petitions, including the labor certification process, visas for extraordinary ability, and multinational managers and executives petitions. She focuses on visa processing, waivers, DACA and citizenship matters. Additionally, she has experience in general corporate matters, including LLC formation.

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Nina focuses her practice on business and family-based immigration matters.  Her experience encompasses nonimmigrant visa petitions including H-1B visas, L-1A and L-1B visas, TN visas under the NAFTA treaty, and O-1 visas. She also assists clients with employment-based permanent residence petitions including the labor certifications process, EB-1 extraordinary ability, EB-1 outstanding professor and researchers and EB-1 multinational managers and executives petitions; family-based permanent residence applications; naturalization applications; and foreign visa issues.   ...