Extension and Expansion on Suspension of Premium Processing for Certain H-1B Petitions
by Michael Phulwani, Esq. and Dev B. Viswanath, Esq.
Sep 25, 2018 | 212 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had previously suspended premium processing for certain H-1B petitions to reduce delay in processing time was supposed to last until September 10, 2018. But not only will the suspension not end, starting September 11, 2018 the suspension will be temporally expanded to include certain additional H-1B petitions. The temporary suspension of premium processing may last all the way until February 19, 2019.

The expansion of the temporary suspension on premium processing for certain H-1B petitions will apply to all H-1B petitions filed at the Vermont and California Service Centers. If a petitioner filed the Form I-907 for an H-1B petition before September 11, 2018 and USCIS did not take any adjudicative action on the case within a 15 calendar processing time, USCIS will refund the petitioner’s premium processing fee. 


Who will not be effected by the suspension?
The suspension will not apply to the following petitions:

•      Cap-exempt petitions that are filed entirely at the California Service Center because the employer is cap exempt or because the beneficiary will be employed at a qualifying cap exempt institution, entity, or organization; or

•      Those petitions filed entirely at the Nebraska Service Center by an employer requesting a “Continuation of previously approved employment without change with the same employer” (Box b. on Part 2, Question 2, Page 2 of the current Form I-129) with a concurrent request to:

•   Notify the office in Part 4 so each beneficiary can obtain a visa or be admitted. (Box on Part 2, Question 4, Page 2 of the current Form I-129); or

•   Extend the stay of each beneficiary because the beneficiary now holds this status. (Box c. on Part 2, Question 4, Page 2 of the current Form I-129).

The purpose of the temporary suspension is to help decrease the processing times of H-1B petitions. Without premium processing USCIS will be able to process petitions that have been awaiting adjudication for a long time and have not been processed because of the increase of premium processing requests over the last few months. USCIS will also be more responsive to petitions that have time sensitive start dates and adjudicate H-1B extension cases that are approaching their 240-day mark.

The temporary suspension of premium processing will not effect any other nonimmigrant class using Form I-129 to file for a nonimmigrant visa. 

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How Would You Know Whether Your Newborn Suffered from Hypoxia and Asphyxia?
by cjleclaire
 Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP
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Symptoms of Birth Hypoxia or Asphyxia that Parents Should Be Aware of

Birth hypoxia and asphyxia both refer to lack of oxygen to the brain in a fetus. This can occur right before, during or immediately after birth.

Seattle Children’s Research Foundation explains that a baby’s cells do not function properly when deprived of oxygen and nutrients. Oxygen deprivation can result in waste products building up in the cells, which causes damage.

What Factors Determine the Degree of Harm?

Factors that determine the extent of harm include:

  • The length of time the baby was deprived of oxygen
  • How low the baby’s oxygen level is
  • The speed with which the baby receives proper treatment

When hypoxia or asphyxia is mild, babies can fully recover. When it is severe, a baby may suffer from permanent injury, affecting the baby’s brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, bowels or other organs.

What Can Cause Asphyxia or Hypoxia?

The following can result in these medical conditions:

  • Airways blocked in the baby
  • Baby’s airway is not properly formed
  • Too little oxygen in the mother’s blood prior to delivery
  • Difficulties with the placenta prematurely separating from the womb
  • A long or difficult delivery
  • Umbilical cord problems during delivery
  • High or low blood pressure in the mother
  • Anemia in the baby where the baby’s blood cells do not carry enough oxygen

What You Should Look for

When suffering from asphyxia or hypoxia, a baby could be manifesting the following symptoms:

  • Not breathing or very weak breathing
  • Abnormal breathing
  • Poor blood circulation
  • Lack of energy (lethargy)
  • Low blood pressure
  • Not urinating
  • Blood clotting abnormalities
  • Skin color is bluish, gray or lighter than normal
  • Low heart rate
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Weak reflexes
  • Too much acid in the baby’s blood (acidosis)
  • The baby’s first stool shows evidence of amniotic fluid stain
  • Seizures

If you suspect that medical malpractice might have been a factor in your child’s care, consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. At Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP , we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your concerns.

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Eugenia (Luca) Amirato
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Eugenia (Luca) Amirato passed away on September 15th, 2018 in Buffalo, New York , Formerly of Brooklyn, New York. Wife of the late Joseph V. Amirato. Mother of Joseph (Lisa) Amirato of Cheektowaga, New York, Jon (Shelley) Amirato of Virginia. Grandmother of Alex, Parker, Joe and Alyssa. Private Burial at St. Charles Cemetery Middle Village, New York. Arrangements by Hess-Miller Funeral Home.
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Irene Dziemian
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Irene Dziemian passed away on Friday, September 21, 2018 at the age of 65. Beloved Mother of Walter Dziemian. Cherished Grandmother of Michelle Mziemian. Loving Companion of Alfred Guggino. Dear Sister of Halina Urbanowicz, Heddy Rosini, Barbara Zenzerovic and Sister-in-Law of Agnes Dziemian. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends. Mass of Christian Burial offered at Holy Cross Church on Thursday September 27, 2018. Private Cremation followed at Fresh Pond Crematory, Middle Village, NY under the direction of Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth, NY 11378 www.papaverofuneralhome.com
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