News & Insights

Immigration Insider: Change in Delivery of Secure Documents, FY 2019 H-1B Lottery Petitions, and I-751 Removal of Conditions Extension (Summer 2018)

June 18, 2018

The Summer 2018 edition of Kerr Russell's Immigration Insider has been published. You can download a PDF of the newsletter here.

Change in Delivery of Secure Documents

In an effort to increase the "security, integrity, and efficiency of document delivery," U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced that beginning April 30, 2018, it would utilize a new delivery method for "green cards," employment authorization documents (EADs), and travel documents (e.g. re-entry permits). The new method requires beneficiaries to present identification to confirm identity and sign for their documents in order to receive delivery.

In the alternative, a beneficiary may designate an agent to sign on her behalf by completing a U.S. Postal Service Form 3801, or by registering for Informed Delivery through USPS.  Informed delivery allows individuals to receive daily images of all mail in transit. The system also provides the option to arrange for pickup at a post office at a convenient date and time by going to the USPS website and selecting “hold for pickup.”

We encourage applicants to make arrangements now, so as not to delay delivery of long-awaited documents.

FY 2019 H-1B Lottery Petitions

On April 11, USCIS announced that it had completed its random selection process for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B cap filings. The Service received 190,098 H-1B petitions during this year's filing period. As of May 15, USCIS had completed initial data entry for those petitions that were selected in the lottery. Although we have not yet received any rejected filings, if you have not yet received a receipt notice for a cap-subject H-1B petition, it is safe to assume that the petition was not selected in this year’s lottery.

I-751 Removal of Conditions Extension

USCIS will now issue I-797 Receipt Notices for I-751, Petitions to Remove Conditions that extend the applicant’s lawful permanent residence for 18 months beyond the green card expiration, rather than the 12 months previously granted. These new receipt notices will be issued to all I-751 applications pending as of June 11, 2018. The change was made due to increased USCIS processing times, in order to ensure that I-751 applicants have the evidence of their lawful permanent residence needed for employment and travel.

Follow Our Latest Updates Via LinkedIn

In between newsletters, Kate and Miroslava post immigration-related updates on LinkedIn.  We encourage you to follow them both - as well as our Firm’s LinkedIn page for more general news.


Updated Privacy Policy

As part of our continued commitment to your privacy, we have updated our website Privacy Policy to clearly set forth what information we collect from you, how we use that information, and your rights related to that information.  Notably, the information we collect from you includes the email address at which you have received this newsletter.  If you would like more information related to the information we collect, please review our Privacy Policy, which is located here. If you would like to unsubscribe from this newsletter, please click here, and, if you have any additional questions, please email us:

About our Immigration and Nationality Law practice ...

Kerr Russell's immigration practice encompasses all aspects of the international movement of temporary visitors, employees, and family members.  Our attorneys assist employers and individuals in achieving their unique objectives, guiding our clients through restrictive regulations and onerous filing requirements, while ensuring compliance with U.S. immigration law.

Our experience includes:

  • Non-immigrant visas for temporary visits or employment in the United States
  • Employment-based permanent residency
  • Family-based permanent residency
  • EB-5 (Immigrant Investor Program) guidance
  • I-9 compliance training and audits
  • Assistance with government audits and investigations
  • Outbound immigration
  • Candidate eligibility review for immigration benefits
  • Naturalization

Our immigration lawyers are supported by a team of attorneys experienced in business law, employment law, litigation, and taxation, which allows us to provide clients a comprehensive approach to planning and problem-solving.

About Kerr Russell ...

We are proud of Detroit. We are proud to have had a seat at the table here since 1874.

Our exceptional attorneys understand the unique challenges facing business leaders. Our legal solutions are prompt, accurate, economical, and focused around your needs in every area, including business law, labor and employment, immigration, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and construction, healthcare, medical practices, tax, contract negotiation, restructuring, automotive, manufacturing, and commercial litigation.

Whereas many lawyers merely interpret the law, our attorneys help to make it. We have been involved in some of the most significant legal developments in state business and health care law, and our trial lawyers have been involved in many notable commercial cases in Michigan and other jurisdictions.

In business and legal circles, we are respected for our high standards, quality work, and professional ethics and integrity.

For over 140 years, Detroit has been our home. Detroit will always be our home.



Detroit Center

500 Woodward Ave., Suite 2500,

Detroit MI 48226

Phone: 313.961.0200

Fax: 313.961.0388



Columbia Center

201 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 260, Troy, MI 48084

Phone: 248.740.9820

Fax: 248.740.9840



7/F, Oriental Financial Centre

333 Lu Jia Zui Ring Road, Pudong District, Shanghai 200120, China

Phone: +86.21.20501851

Fax: +86.21.20501877


View Document(s):

Main Office - Detroit T 313.961.0200
Troy T 248.740.9820
China T +86 21 20501851