H-1B Visa Approved for British National Employee of Recruitment Firm filed at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Scott Legal, P.C. just received an approval for an H-1B visa for a British national from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The visa was approved for an employee of a recruitment firm focused on specialist markets across the Financial, Industry & Commerce and Professional Services. Turn to Scott Legal, P.C. for all of

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H-1B News: USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2017 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

USCIS announced on May 2, 2016, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the computer-generated random process. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. Additionally, USCIS is transferring some Form I-129 H-1B cap subject petitions from

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What is the Impact on an H-1B Petition if an Employee Takes Paid or Unpaid Leave?

If you are in H-1B status and decide to take a leave of absence, you may wonder what happens to your visa status.  The impact on immigration status is dependent on the type of leave that an employee takes and can have immigration and Department of Labor (DOL) consequences.  Here

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USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap for FY 2017

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017. The agency has again received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. USCIS will use a computer-generated process, also known as the lottery, to randomly select

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B-1 in Lieu of H-1B: What is It and How Can It Help my Business?

The B-1, Business Visitor Visa has many uses and is a valuable visa for people seeking to come to the United States to perform limited business activities such as attending a conference or a Board Meeting. However, the B-1 visa specifically prohibits the visa holder from engaging in traditional work

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New Trends in RFE Requests as H-1B Season Approaches – Stay Informed

It is almost H-1B Visa season!  USCIS will start accepting H-1B applications on April 1, 2016.  Over 100,000 H-1B Visas applications are expected to be submitted to USCIS, but only 85,000 will be accepted—the regular H-1B Visa Cap is 65,000 and the US Master Degree H-1B Visa Cap is 20,000

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¿Qué es el Proyecto de Ley de Gastos Ómnibus y Cómo Afecta a los Inmigrantes y a los Visitantes Extranjeros en los E.E.U.U.?

Cada año, después de que el Congreso pasa la resolución del presupuesto, debe pasar leyes que distribuyan este dinero a los distintos programas del gobierno. Esto se hace mediante 12 distintos proyectos de ley de apropiación, cada una generada por un subcomité específico, cubriendo agencias federales individualmente o en grupo.

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I Want to Work in the United States. What are my Options?

I own a business outside the U.S. and would like to open an office in the United States. If you want to come to the United States temporarily to open a U.S. office, an L-1A visa may be the right fit for you. L-1A visas are meant for employees or

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What is the Omnibus Spending Bill and How Does it Affect Immigrants and Foreign Visitors to the U.S.?

Every year, after Congress passes the budget resolution, it must pass bills that apportion this money to different government programs. This is done through 12 separate appropriations bills, each generated by a specific subcommittee, covering either individual or groups of federal agencies. With so many bills and areas of possible

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Who Has To Pay H-1B Fees? Does an Employer Have to Pay H-1B Fees?

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that permits a company to hire workers in specialty occupations. This visa category requires that the foreign worker have at least a Bachelor’s degree, and the U.S. employer can employ the worker for up to six years. While the bar for this visa

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