The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
April 07, 2014
FACT SHEET: Strengthening Entrepreneurship At Home and Abroad
“Let’s do more to help the entrepreneurs and small business owners who create most new jobs in America.”
– President Barack Obama, State of the Union, January 28, 2014
Entrepreneurs play a critical role in expanding the economy and creating jobs. President Obama is committed to increasing the prevalence and... [More]
You must file your petition with the correct service center depending on the H-1B beneficiary’s work location(s) as specified in the petition. USCIS has specific mailing addresses for cases that are subject to the H-1B cap.
USCIS has a separate mailing address for certain types of educational or nonprofit organizations that file H-1B petitions for beneficiaries who are exempt from the cap. Please read the filing instructions very carefully. If you file your petition incor... [More]
Labor Condition Application (LCA)
You must submit a certified Department of Labor LCA (Form ETA 9035) at the time you file your petition. A copy of the LCA is acceptable.
Note: USCIS encourages petitioners to keep Department of Labor LCA processing times in mind when preparing the H-1B petition and plan accordingly. If the LCA is certified for multiple workers, you must provide the name and USCIS case receipt number of any foreign worker who has previously used the LCA.
Petitioners shou... [More]
To make sure you properly file your H-1B Cap-Subject Petition, please follow these steps:
Complete all sections of the Form I-129 petition, including the H Classification Supplement (pages 11 and 12 of the form) and the H-1B Data Collection and Filing Fee Exemption Supplement (pages 17-19). Make sure the Form I-129 has a revision date of November 23, 2010, or later. (You can find current versions of forms atwww.uscis.gov/forms.)
Make sure each form has an original signature, preferably in bl... [More]
Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Representative
If the petitioner will be represented by an attorney or other accredited representative, submit a Form G-28 with:
All sections completed;
The printed name and signature of the representative; and
The original signature of the petitioner.
Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker
Complete all sections of the form accurately.
H-1B cap petitions and advanced degree exemption petitions for the FY 2015 cap must i... [More]
Clearly label all H-1B cap cases, preferably in red ink, on the top margin of Form I-129. Use the following codes:
Regular Cap (use this code for petitions subject to the 65,000 regular cap, not including Chile/Singapore cap cases)
C/S Cap (use this code for Chile/Singapore H-1B1 cases)
U.S. Master’s (use this code for petitions subject to the 20,000 exemption for beneficiaries with U.S. master’s degrees or higher)
A separate check is preferred for each filing fee (Fo... [More]
H-1B petitioners may choose to file a Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service to have their petition processed within 15 calendar days. [More]
There are different fees depending on the type of H-1B petition you are submitting. Please refer to H-1B Data Collection and Filing Fee Exemption Supplement (pages 17-19 of Form I-129) for detailed instructions on fees. [More]
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 cap on April 1, 2014. Cases will be considered accepted on the date that USCIS receives a properly filed petition for which the correct fee has been submitted; not the date that the petition is postmarked. [More]
From October 2013 to December 2013, U.S. employers filed 78,871 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs: 1,858 were denied, 9,199 were withdrawn. During the same time, Department of Labor made decisions on 11,064 labor certifications for employment green card: 1,039 were denied, 949 were withdrawn. [More]