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FAQs: Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses

By Bill at April 21, 2016 00:27
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features, Visa Knowledge
FAQ about new regulatory changes, effective May 26, 2015, that extended eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of certain H-1B nonimmigrants who have already started the process of seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident status. [More]

How to Find a Cap-Exempt H-1B Job

By Bill at April 15, 2016 02:48
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features, Visa Knowledge
USCIS has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year 2017 on April 7. However, USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap. Petitions for new H-1B employment are exempt from the annual cap if the beneficiaries will work at Institutions of higher education Non-profit entities related or affiliated to a higher education institution Non-profit research organizations or governmental research organizations Organizations that... [More]

Checklist for H-1B Visa Filing

By Bill at March 27, 2016 18:24
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features
USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2017 cap on April 1. All H-1B petitioners must follow all statutory and regulatory requirements as they prepare petitions, in order to avoid delays in processing and possible requests for evidence. [More]

New Law Increases H-1B and L-1 Petition Fees

By Bill at March 27, 2016 18:04
Filed Under: Immigration News, Visa Knowledge
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Public Law 114-113), signed into law by President Obama on December 18, 2015, increases fees for certain H-1B and L-1 petitioners. These petitioners must submit an additional fee of $4,000 for certain H-1B petitions and $4,500 for certain L-1A and L-1B petitions postmarked on or after December 18, 2015. [More]

How to Make Sure Your H-1B Petition Is Properly Filed

By Bill at March 19, 2016 16:45
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features, Visa Knowledge
USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2017 cap on April 1, 2016. Please read this mail carefully to ensure your employer or attorney file the petition properly! Complete all sections of the Form I-129 petition, including the H Classification Supplement and the H-1B Data Collection and Filing Fee Exemption Supplement. Make sure each form has an original signature, preferably in black ink. Include signed checks or money orders with the correct fee amount. Submit all ... [More]

H-1B Petition Filing Tips

By Bill at March 17, 2016 00:51
Filed Under: Visa Knowledge
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 properly completed Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Representative. Please make sure you file the most recent version of the Form G-28 (edition date: 03/04/2015). For further information on Form G-28, please see our Filing Your Form G-28 page. Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker Co... [More]

Organizing Your H-1B Package

By Bill at March 17, 2016 00:50
Filed Under: Visa Knowledge
Clearly label all H-1B cap cases, preferably in red ink, on the top margin of Form I-129. Use the following codes: Write “Regular Cap” on petitions subject to the 65,000 regular cap, not including Chile/Singapore cap cases. Write “C/S Cap” on Chile/Singapore H-1B1 cases. Write “U.S. Master’s” on petitions subject to the 20,000 exemption for beneficiaries with U.S. master’s degrees or higher. A separate check is preferred for each filin... [More]

H-1B Petition Premium Processing Service

By Bill at March 17, 2016 00:49
Filed Under: Visa Knowledge
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. To request premium processing, submit: The Form I-907; and The premium processing fee of $1,225. (This fee is in addition to the required base filing fee and other applicable fees that cannot be waived.) You can file the Form I-907 and pay the premium processing fee: At the same time you file Form I-129; or At any time after you file ... [More]

H-1B Petition Required Fees

By Bill at March 17, 2016 00:48
Filed Under: Visa Knowledge
There are different fees depending on the type of H-1B petition you are submitting. Please refer to the H-1B Data Collection and Filing Fee Exemption Supplement for detailed instructions on fees.  All petitioners must pay a base filing fee of $325 for each petition filed. Where do I find the instructions on fees? What version of Form I-129 are you using? Find the H-1B Data Collection and Filing Fee Exemption Supplement on: Revision date of A... [More]

When and Where to Mail Your H-1B Petition

By Bill at March 17, 2016 00:46
Filed Under: Visa Knowledge
When to File an FY 2017 H-1B Cap-Subject Petition We will begin accepting H-1B petitions that are subject to the FY 2017 cap on April 1, 2016. You may file an H-1B petition no more than six months before the employment start date requested for the beneficiary.   Where to Mail Your H-1B Petition 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. We have specific mailing addresses ... [More]

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