H-1B

H-1B Cap Reached for FY2019

USCIS released the following statement on April 6: USCIS has reached the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2019. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap. The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not prohibited...
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H-1B Employers: Ready for the FY 2019 H-1B Cap Season?

H-1B Employers: Ready for the FY 2019 H-1B Cap Season? The race for H-1B professional worker visas begins April 2, 2018.  Employers of recently graduated foreign students and others will vie for new visas, which are limited to  65,000 per fiscal year (the “H-1B cap”).   And of these, 6,800 are reserved for citizens of Chile and Singapore under certain free trade agreements, effectively leaving on...
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Premium Processing Now Available for all H-1B Petitions

USCIS announcement on 10/3/2017: WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing today for all H-1B visa extension of stay petitions. Premium processing is now available for all types of H-1B petitions. H-1B visas provide skilled workers for a wide range of specialty occupations, including information technology, engineering, and mathematics. When a ...
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Premium Processing Now Available for Pending H-1B Cap Cases

USCIS recently announced the availability of 15 day guaranteed premium processing for pending H-1B cap cases: "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing today for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year year (FY) 2018 cap. The FY 2018 cap has been set at 65,000 visas. Premium processing has also resumed for the annual 20,000 additional petitions tha...
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Premium Processing Now Available for Certain H-1B Cap-Exempt Petitions

Premium Processing Now Available for Certain H-1B Cap-Exempt Petitions U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions effective immediately. The H-1B visa has an annual cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. Additionally, there is an annual “master’s cap” of 20,000 petitions filed for beneficiaries with a U.S. master’s degre...
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OMG! The USCIS Just Suspended H-1B Premium Processing. What Will Happen to My Application and When Can I Work?

The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will suspend the H-1B premium processing program starting April 3, 2017. The suspension currently applies to all H-1B petitions and could last for six months.  Premium processing is simply expedited service for a premium of $1225. It means the government guarantees action on the H-1B petition within 15 days of payment of the fee. According to ...
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Top 10 Pointers on What to Expect and Do When the Government Shows Up at Your Workplace for an H-1B Site Visit

Top 10 Pointers on What to Expect and Do When the Government Shows Up at  Your Workplace for an H-1B Site Visit You hold an H-1B visa and are going about your usual duties at work when you get a call that a government agent wants to speak with you.  As you descend the elevator to the lobby, your imagination goes wild.  As you meet the agent, he identifies himself as an FDNS inspector and wants to...
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IMG Physicians: Negotiating your work visa sponsorship

 If you’re an IMG physician, you have an extra job-search consideration—you seek not only employment but also an employer who will sponsor your visa. Here’s what you need to know about finding a willing sponsor. When searching for job opportunities, physicians have tons of considerations—location, compensation, paid time off, work schedule, quality of life and more. But most IMG physicians have a...
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H-1B Lottery

USCIS confirmed to AILA that standard procedures will apply for the FY2017 lottery: If more than enough H-1Bs are received during the first 5 business days in April, a random lottery will be conducted for petitions received during that time period for first the master’s and then the regular cap. As it does each year, on March 16, 2016, USCIS announced that it would begin accepting H-1B cap-subj...
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H-1B vs. EAD/AP – Physician Choice?

We are frequently asked: “if it is okay to use the EAD to moonlight or return to the United States (after traveling abroad) using the AP in lieu of applying for an H-1B visa?” An Employment Authorization Document (EAD) allows an individual to work with any organization without restrictions. An Advance Parole (AP) allows an individual to return to the United States after traveling abroad with...
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