USCIS announced today that H-1B cap-subject petitions for fiscal year 2021 can now be filed. USCIS has already notified all selected applications of their [...]
What are the Overall Approval Rates of the O-1 Visa? If I Don’t Get Selected in the H-1B Visa Lottery, Can I Apply for the O-1 Visa?
The latest statistics released by USCIS shows that while there has been an increase in the issuance of Request for Further Evidence (“RFE”) in [...]
USCIS has announced that they have received sufficient electronic registration during the initial registration period to complete the lottery for FY 2021. Petitioners with [...]
Does Covid-19 impact my obligations as an H-1B or E-3 Employer? What things should I keep in mind? Is Part-Time Work Possible? Is furlough possible for an H-1B employee?
Covid-19 has changed the rules for travel, engagement and employment. Many companies have already started to reduce wages and put staff on leave. Some [...]
Coronavirus Update: USCIS Announced Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for All I-129 and I-140 Petitions
USCIS has announced today, March 20, the immediate and temporary suspension of premium processing service for all Form I-129 and Form I-140 petitions until [...]
We just had an H-1B approval through U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. The applicant was already in the U.S. on an H-1B and changed [...]
What is a specialty occupation? Do I have to have a degree to qualify for an H-1B visa? Do I have to have a degree from a U.S. University to qualify for an H-1B visa?
If your employer wants to sponsor you for an H-1B visa, the job position must be a specialty occupation, meaning, that it requires a [...]
Can a H-1B Petition Still Be Approved If I Don’t Have a Professional License That is Required for a Job? What Happens If I Do Not Have a License to Practice a Job That Require a License?
There are certain specialty occupations that require the appropriate licensure in order to be able to perform the duties required on the job. For [...]
Starting this year, all prospective H-1B applicants must first be registered online on the USCIS myUSCIS website in order to be in the pool [...]
What is the Last Action Rule? Should I be worried when I travel internationally after the H-1B petition was approved but before the H-1B effective start date?
Let’s analyze the following scenario: You were in the U.S. on a post-completion OPT and found an employer willing to sponsor you for an [...]
We just received an H-1B approval from USCIS for a cap-subject H-1B. The applicant is an Engineer and has a Master’s Degree in Engineering from a [...]
What is the New H-1B Registration Process? What is changing for H-1B petitions this year? Will there be a lottery for H-1B petitions? What is the new H-1B registration Process?
On January 9, 2020, USCIS formally announced details of the new H-1B cap registration process for FY 2021. The H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant [...]
Who Can Petition for the O-1 Visa? What is an Agent and Who Can Be an Agent? What are the Different Types of Agents for O-1 Visas?
The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is for individuals who possesses extraordinary ability in certain fields. These people are good at what they do and have [...]
We just had an H-1B visa stamp approval at the U.S. Consulate in Osaka, Japan. The H-1B employee is a national of Japan. The employer is [...]
On Thursday, USCIS has formally announced details of the H-1B cap registration process for FY 2021. Starting next year, employers will have to register [...]
I am currently in the U.S. on H-1B status. Can I find a new employer or do I have to keep working for the employer who initially sponsored me for an H-1B?
H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that permits a U.S. company to hire workers in specialty occupations. The H-1B visa may be granted for [...]
USCIS has announced today that it has successfully completed the testing phase of the online registration system for the H-1B lottery. To learn more [...]
The Department of Homeland Security and Department of State have announced the planned publication dates for proposed changes to several different visa categories. Here [...]
Should I apply for an O-1 Visa or an H-1B Visa? What are the advantages of an O-1 visa? Is an O-1 visa better than an H-1B visa? Do I Qualify for an O-1 Visa?
An O-1 visas are for people with extraordinary ability in a number of fields (e.g. television, science, business, etc.) To learn more about O-1 [...]
What is a Recapture petition? Can I recapture time I spent outside the U.S. while on H-1B status? Can I recapture time I spent outside the U.S while on L-1A or L-1B status?
H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that permits a company to hire workers in specialty occupations. The beneficiary (the foreign worker) must have a [...]
USCIS has announced today that a $10 non-refundable fee for each H-1B registration submitted by petitioning employers will be implemented once the electronic registration [...]
Which non-immigrant visa categories allow my spouse to work in the U.S.? How and when can my spouse apply for the work authorization? Can my spouse work for any employer?
If you are currently in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa, your spouse may be able to work in the U.S. This article will [...]
We received an approval for an H-1B transfer case for a Senior Digital Product Manager who had extensive experience in the field working in [...]
What is Premium Processing Service? When can I file for Premium Processing? How much is the fee for Premium Processing?
Premium Processing Service means that USCIS will issue a decision (approval, denial, Request for Evidence, or Notice of Intent to deny) within 15 calendar [...]
H-1B Change of Employer Petition Approval for an Accountant at the U.S. Consulate in New Delhi for a National of India
We just had an H-1B petition approval at the U.S. Consulate in New Delhi. USCIS approved the I-129 change of employer petition (because the [...]
We just received an H-1B approval from USCIS for a cap-subject H-1B. The applicant is an Accountant and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting [...]
What is Cap-Gap Extension? Can I stay in the U.S. after my OPT work authorization card expires but before I am able to start working in H-1B status?
Let’s analyze the following scenario: You are in the U.S. on F-1 OPT status and you are working for an employer. During the cap [...]
The Department of Homeland Security has announced that the proposed regulation to rescind the H-4 employment authorization program is not likely to be published [...]
The Department of Homeland Security’s proposal to terminate the H-4 employment authorization program is still under review with the Office of Management and Budget. [...]
USCIS have finished returning unselected H-1B petitions that were not selected in the FY2020 cap lottery. Employers should receive petition packages and fee checks [...]
We just had an H-1B approval with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services for an accountant position with a company based in New York. You [...]
USCIS has released data for the first half of fiscal year 2019 confirming that denial and RFE rates have continued to increase for nonimmigrant [...]