1. The filing period for fiscal year 2015 H-1B cap cases begins April 1, 2014. Please contact us as soon as possible if you have any H-1B cap cases or if you anticipate having H-1B cap cases. It is expected that the H-1B cap will again be reached the first week of filing. Cases require substantial advance preparation such as obtaining a certified labor condition application from the Department of Labor. So, don't delay in contacting Miley & Brown regarding your H-1B cap cases.
2. In January 2012, the Department of State introduced a two-year visa interview waiver pilot program. This pilot program has now been made permanent. According to new 9 FAM 41.102 Note 3.3a, consular officers can waive the interview for applicants seeking to renew any nonimmigrant visa within 12 months of expiration of the initial visa in the same classification. With the exception of E, H, L, P or R visas, interview waivers are also available for nonimmigrant visa renewals up to 48 months after expiration of the initial visa in the same classification.
3. On January 30, 2014, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (hereinafter "Fifth Circuit") vacated a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals, which employed a new method for the Attorney General and the Board of Immigration Appeals to determine if an alien had been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude for the purposes of admissibility under § 212 of the Immigration and Naturalization Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1100, et seq. The Fifth Circuit found the contested method inconsistent with the unambiguous language of the relevant statutory provision.
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