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Checklist for H1B Filings

By Bill at March 27, 2015 19:11
Filed Under: Tips and Features, Visa Knowledge
USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2016 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. 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 FY 2016 H-1B petition. Please read! Cases will be con... [More]

USCIS Will Accept H-1B Petitions for FY2016 Beginning April 1

By Bill at March 17, 2015 01:57
Filed Under: Immigration News, Visa Knowledge
On April 1, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2016 cap. The congressionally mandated cap on H-1B visas for FY 2016 is 65,000. The first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed for individuals with a U.S. master's degree or higher are exempt from the 65,000 cap. USCIS expects to receive more petitions than the H-1B cap during the first five business days of this year's program. The agency will monito... [More]

USCIS Memorandum on Employer-Employee Relationship

By Bill at March 10, 2015 17:19
Filed Under: Visa Knowledge
In addition to occupational and education requirements, there is an employer-employee relationship requirement. The H-1B visa petitioner must establish that an employer-employee relationship exists and will continue to exist with the beneficiary throughout the duration of the requested H-1B validity period. [More]

Great News! H-4 visa holders can apply for work authorization in May!

By Bill at February 24, 2015 22:41
Filed Under: Immigration News
Myvisajobs team are excited to share some great news with you! USCIS announced on Feb 24 that the final rule allowing spouses of certain H1-B visa holders to obtain work authorization was approved, and would become effective on May 26, 2015! view final rule orUSCIS announcement USCIS estimates the number of individuals eligible to apply for employment authorization under the new rule could be as high as 179,600 in the first year and 55,000 annually in subsequent years. The nu... [More]

DHS extend employment authorization to certain H-4 dependents

By Bill at February 24, 2015 21:47
Filed Under: Immigration News
Release Date: February 24, 2015 WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. DHS amended the regulations to allow these H-4 dependent spouses to accept employment in t... [More]

New EAD Application Form Approved to Include H-4 Visa Applicants

By Bill at February 23, 2015 22:10
Filed Under: Immigration News
We reported last year that Department of Homeland Security proposed to extend work authorization to H-4 Visa holders. It is estimated that approximately 97,000 H-1B spouses will be eligible under this new rule within the first year and then over 30,000 annually after that. On February 13, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved on emergency bases the revised I-765 form(Application for Employment Authorization), adding H-4 applicants. Once the Final Rule becomes effective, H-... [More]

FY2015 First Quarter H1B Visa and Green Card Data Published!

By Bill at February 14, 2015 02:21
Filed Under: Immigration News
We have published all labor applications filed by U.S. employers during the first three months of fiscal year 2015 through our legacy database system. From October 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014, U.S. employers filed 89,231 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs: 1,761 were denied, 2,910 were withdrawn, 8,048 werewithdrawn after being certified. During the same time, Department of Labor made decisions on 16,618 labor certifications for employment green card: 1,322 were... [More]

2015 H1B Visa and Green Card Reports Released

By Bill at January 26, 2015 20:53
Filed Under: Tips and Features, Visa Knowledge
During the fiscal year 2014, U.S. employers submitted 519,504 labor condition applications for H-1B visas, and Department of Labor made decisions on 70,998 permanent labor certifications for green cards. [More]

Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Increase Visas and Green Cards for Foreign Workers

By Bill at January 16, 2015 01:24
Filed Under: Immigration News
On January 14, Republican and Democratic senators introduced legislation that would make it easier for U.S. employers to hire more foreign specialists in science, technology and engineering(full text, summary, AILA News Release). Among the bill's provisions are the following: Increases the H-1B cap from 65,000 to 115,000 and allows the cap to go up (but not above 195,000) or down (but not below 115,000), depending on actual market demand. Removes the existing 20,000 cap on the U.S.... [More]

AILA: Immigration Innovation Act Would Help Economy

By Bill at January 16, 2015 00:19
Filed Under: Immigration News
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) applauds the introduction of the Immigration Innovation Act of 2015 (S. 153) by Senators Hatch (R-UT), Klobuchar (D-MN), Rubio (R-FL), Coons (D-DE), Flake (R-AZ), and Blumenthal (D-CT). The Immigration Innovation Act (“I-Squared” Act) provides critical reforms needed in the area of high-skilled immigration. [More]

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