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How to Ensure You Properly File Your H-1B Cap-Subject Petition

By Bill at March 26, 2019 22:17
Filed Under: Tips and Features
USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions that are subject to the FY 2020 cap on April 1, 2019. Please check here to see the new rule that will go into effect on April 1. It is your responsibility to ensure that Form I-129 is completed accurately and submitted properly. Please follow these steps to ensure your attorney or your employer properly file your H-1B cap-subject petition: Complete all sections of the Form I-129 petition, including the H Classification Supplement and the H-1B Data C... [More]

Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker

By Bill at March 22, 2019 16:43
Filed Under: Visa Knowledge
Regular Processing Form I-129 is filed at the California Service Center (CSC), the Vermont Service Center (VSC), the Nebraska Service Center (NSC), or the Texas Service Center (TSC), depending on which nonimmigrant classification and action the petitioner is requesting and where the petitioner is located.  For many classifications, the U.S. state or territory where your company or organization’s primary office is located will determine where you should send your Form I-129 package. ... [More]

Top 10 reasons for H-1B RFE-Request for Evidence

By Bill at March 11, 2019 18:08
Filed Under: Tips and Features, Visa Knowledge
Top 10 reasons why USCIS may issue an RFE, in order from most to least common, that RFEs were issued in fiscal year 2018 for H-1B petitions. [More]

DHS Announces Final Rule for a More Effective and Efficient H-1B Visa Program

By Bill at February 08, 2019 18:08
Filed Under: Immigration News
Final Rule Effective Beginning April 1, 2019  WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted today for public inspection, a final rule amending regulations governing H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those that may be eligible for the advanced degree exemption. The final rule reverses the order by which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B regular cap and the advanced degree exemption, and it introduces an... [More]

Trump offers up ‘path to citizenship’ for H-1B visa holders

By Bill at January 15, 2019 17:46
Filed Under: Immigration News
President Donald Trump has proposed an immigration compromise that he and House Democrats could possibly agree on: a path to citizenship for tens of thousands of highly-skilled workers in the U.S. on H-1B visas. "H1-B holders in the United States can rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship," Trump tweeted Friday. "We want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career optio... [More]

2019 H1B Visa and Green Card Reports Released

By Bill at January 04, 2019 21:42
Filed Under: Immigration News
14th Annual H1B Visa and Green Card reports based on more than 654,000 labor condition application(LCA) and nearly 112,000 permanent labor certifications. [More]

USCIS Proposes New H-1B Visa Rules

By Bill at December 04, 2018 23:20
Filed Under: Immigration News
On Nov 30, USCIS announced a notice of proposed rulemaking that would make H1B Visa program more effective and efficient. Under the proposed rules, 1. USCIS would reverse the order by which USCIS selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B cap and the advanced degree exemption. This will willincrease up to 16% (or 5,340 workers) in the number of selected H-1B beneficiaries with a master's degree or higher from a U.S. institution of higher education. Currently, the advanced degree exemption is selec... [More]

DHS Proposes Merit-Based Rule for More Effective and Efficient H-1B Visa Program

By Bill at December 04, 2018 23:18
Filed Under: Immigration News
WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions to first electronically register with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during a designated registration period. Under the proposed rule, USCIS would also reverse the order by which USCIS selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B cap and the advanced degree exemption, likely increasing the numb... [More]

DHS Proposes Merit-Based Rule for More Effective and Efficient H-1B Visa Program

By Bill at December 04, 2018 22:45
Filed Under: Immigration News
WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions to first electronically register with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during a designated registration period. Under the proposed rule, USCIS would also reverse the order by which USCIS selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B cap and the advanced degree exemption, likely increasing the number... [More]

Employers filed over 650,000 LC for H-1B Visa in 2018

By Bill at November 08, 2018 01:03
Filed Under: Immigration News
We have published all labor applications filed by U.S. employers during the whole fiscal year 2018 through our online database system.  From October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018, Department of Labor made decisions on 654,360 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs, the highest number in history. (view detailed report).   Total LCA Certified Denied Withdrawn 2018 654,360 599,782 8,480 45,951 2017 624,650 568,145 8,480 48,025 2016 647,8... [More]