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USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2018

By Bill at April 18, 2017 19:53
Filed Under: Immigration News
USCIS announced on April 7, 2017, that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2018. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s cap.     USCIS received 199,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 3, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. On April 11, USCIS used a computer-generated r... [More]

H-1B Visa Filing Checklist

By Bill at April 01, 2017 19:16
Filed Under: Immigration News
U.S. employers are expected to file more than 200,000 petitions during the first week of April when USCIS begins accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2018 cap on April 3, 2017. USCIS has developed detailed information, including an optional checklist, Form M-735, Optional Checklist for Form I-129 H-1B Filings, on how to complete and submit an H-1B petition. Please review carefully. Please be aware that USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing... [More]

Employers filed over 93,000 labor petitions in first quarter of FY2017

By Bill at March 15, 2017 06:04
Filed Under: Immigration News
We have published all labor applications filed by U.S. employers during the first three months of fiscal year 2017 through our legacy database system. From October 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016, U.S. employers filed 93,533 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs: 1,369 were denied, 3,190 were withdrawn, 9,809 were withdrawn after being certified. During the same time, Department of Labor made decisions on 24,911 labor certifications for employment green card:1,582... [More]

H-1B Visa Processing Expedite Criteria

By Bill at March 09, 2017 16:59
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USCIS review​s​ all​ expedite requests on a case-by-case basis and requests are granted at the discretion of the office leadership.​ The burden is on the applicant or petitioner to demonstrate that one or more of the e​xpedite criteria have been met.​​ ​USCIS may expedite a​ petition or application if it meets one or more of the following criteria:​ Severe financial loss to company or ​person​;​ Emergency situation;​ Humanitarian reasons;​ Nonprofit organization whose request is in furthe... [More]

USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

By Bill at March 09, 2017 16:13
Filed Under: Immigration News
Starting April 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. This suspension may last up to 6 months. While H-1B premium processing is suspended, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker which requests the H-1B nonimmigrant classification. We will notify the public before resuming premium processing for H-1B petitions. Who Is Affected The temporary suspension... [More]

H-1B Visa: Four Key Requirements

By Bill at February 18, 2017 17:50
Filed Under: Visa Knowledge
USCIS will start accepting cap-subject H-1B visa petitions on April 1, 2017. Below are the four key requirements you must fulfill to apply for an H-1B Visa. For each requirement, we have linked forms of evidence that you may submit to meet the requirement and other tips to help you prepare your petition. You must have an employer-employee relationship with the petitioning U.S. employer. more tipsIn general, a valid employer-employee relationship is determined by whether the U.S. emplo... [More]

H-1B Dependent Employer and Willful Violator

By Bill at February 14, 2017 16:42
Filed Under: Visa Knowledge
Before applying for visa jobs, you should know whether the employers are Willful Violator Employers or H-1B Dependent Employers or Debarred/Disqualified Employers! Willful violator employers are the employers who have committed either a willful failure or a misrepresentation of a material fact when hiring foreign workers. An employer is considered H-1B dependent if it has: 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees and at least eight H-1B nonimmigrant workers; or 26 - 50 full-... [More]

2017 H1B Visa and Green Card Reports Released

By Bill at January 02, 2017 20:54
Filed Under: Immigration News, the leading employment website for immigrants, has released its 12nd Annual H1B Visa and Employment-based Green Card reports. During the fiscal year 2016, U.S. employers submitted 647,852 labor condition applications for H-1B visas, and Department of Labor made decisions on 126,143 permanent labor certifications for green cards*. To help you pitch the employers who are more likely to sponsor you in 2017, we have updated all employers' contact information and added demogr... [More]

New immigration rules make H-1B visa program friendlier

By Bill at December 08, 2016 22:12
Filed Under: Immigration News
WASHINGTON--USCIS has published a final rule to make H-1B visa program friendlier to the foreign workers and their families. The new regulations which will go into effect on January 17 2017, will also make U.S. employers easier to hire and retain foreigners. The USCIS will allow terminated H1B visa holders a grace period of 60 days to either leave or sort out their paperwork for new jobs. The rule will also prevent the revocation of I-140 by employers for those empl... [More]

USCIS Publishes Final Rule For Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

By Bill at December 08, 2016 17:06
Filed Under: Immigration News
Release Date: November 18, 2016 WASHINGTON— USCIS has published a final rule to modernize and improve several aspects of certain employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs. USCIS has also amended regulations to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers who are beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions and are waiting to become lawful permanent residents. This rule goes into effect on Jan. 17, 2017. Am... [More]

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