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Paulsen, Quigley Reintroduce Bipartisan Immigration Bill Encouraging American Innovation

By Bill at June 02, 2017 20:55
Filed Under: Immigration News
05/25/17 Washington, D.C. – Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-05) introduced the bipartisan Stopping Trained in America Ph.D.s from Leaving the Economy (STAPLE) Act, which would exempt foreign-born individuals who have earned an American Ph.D. in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) from the limits on the number of employment-based green cards and H-1B visas awarded annually. “It is no surprise that the brightest minds ... [More]

U.S. jobless claims at lowest level in 28 years

By Bill at May 18, 2017 19:43
Filed Under: Immigration News
Labor Department reported on May 18 that, initial claims for state unemployment benefits decreased to 232,000 for the week ended May 13. The total number of unemployed workers receiving benefits fell to 1.9 million, the lowest such mark since November of 1988, when the workforce was much smaller. Claims have now been below 300,000, a threshold associated with a healthy labor market, for 115 straight weeks. That is the longest such stretch since 1970, when the labor market was smaller. ... [More]

Employers filed 420,000 labor petitions for H-1B in 6 months

By Bill at May 04, 2017 00:35
Filed Under: Immigration News
We have published all labor petitions filed by U.S. employers during the first six months of fiscal year 2017 through our legacy database system. From October 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, Department of Labor received 420,436 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs: 5,512 were denied, 33,616 were withdrawn.    10/1/14-3/31/2015 10/1/15-3/31/2016 10/1/2016-3/31/2017 Total LCA 382,259 423,006 420,436 Certified 351,962 383,204 381,308 Denied ... [More]

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]

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