The H-1B visa program limits the number of cap-subject petitions to 85,000 each fiscal year. However, why thousands of new LCA petitions for H-1B visa could still be filed after the cap was reached? Why over 300,000 LCA petitions were filed each fiscal year? 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
We have just obtained from Department of Labor all labor certifications and prevailing wage determinations filed by U.S. employers during first 6 months of fiscal year 2013. Please try our new interface to search the petitions. Do not forget to check the "Cap Exempt" box to search cap exempt H1B visa employers!
PERM for Green Card
Prevailing Wage Determinations
The above updates include not only new applications filed during the second quarter, but al... [More]
On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of senators introduced a landmark 1000-page long immigration bill that would bolster border security, legalize undocumented immigrants and substantially increase the number of H-1B Visa and employment based green card. The outline of the bill is available on myvisajobs.com document section and immigration blog. . Following are some highlights related to H-1B Visa and employment green card.
H-1B Visas full outline on H1B Visa
By Bill at April 17, 2013 00:39
On the employment green card categories, the bill exempts the following categories from the annual numerical limits on employment-based immigrants: derivative beneficiaries of employment-based immigrants; aliens of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics; outstanding professors and researchers; multinational executives and managers; doctoral degree holders in STEM field; and physicians who have completed the foreign residency requirements or have receive... [More]
We will raise the base cap of 65,000 to 110,000 (we amend the current 20,000 exemption for U.S. advanced degree holders to be a 25,000 exemption for advanced degree graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics from U.S. Schools).
In future years, the cap can go as high as 180,000. The cap will increase/decrease in the following way:
a. It will be based on two factors plugged into one formula known as the “High Skilled Jobs Demand Index” (with each factor wei... [More]
WASHINGTON—For the first time since 2008, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the statutory H-1B cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2014 within the first week of the filing period. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption.
USCIS received approximately 124,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemp... [More]
The filing period for H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2014 numerical cap begins on April 1, 2013. USCIS anticipates that it may receive more than 65,000 cap-subject H-1B petitions and more than 20,000 petitions filed on behalf of individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher between April 1, 2013, and April 5, 2013. This could be the first time since April 2008 that the H-1B cap will require a lottery.
USCIS provides premium processing service for certain empl... [More]
Released: March 15, 2013
WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 cap on Monday, April 1, 2013. 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.
The cap (the numerical limitation on H-1B petitions) for FY 2014 is 65,000. In addition... [More]
We have just obtained from Department of Labor and published on myvisajobs.com all labor certifications filed by U.S. employers during first 3 months of fiscal year 2013. The updates include not only new applications filed during the first quarter, but also decision changes due to employer appeals. While employers applied for fewer certifications for H1B Visa in 2013, the petitions for employment based green card increased nearly 20%.
2012 1st quarter... [More]
Following is the summary of Senate Bi-Partisan Bill of "Immigration Innovation Act of 2013"(Nick Name: I-Squared Act of 2013). Click here for full text of the bill.
Employment-Based Nonimmigrant H-1B Visas
Increase H-1B cap from 65,000 to 115,000
Establish a market-based H-1B escalator, so that the cap can adjust ¡V up or down ¡V to the demands of the economy (includes a 300,000 ceiling on the ability of the escalator to move)
If the cap is hit in the first 45 days when p... [More]