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Category: H Visa

Increase in US Visa Fees for Australians

The US Department of State has dramatically increased visa issuance fees for Australian nationals in certain visa categories as of December 23, 2019. The US government charges visa issuance fees for nonimmigrant visas that are approved. The fee increases are intended to reciprocate the fees the Australian government charges US citizens who are issued visas.  […]

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USCIS Announces How New H-1B Registration Process will be Implemented

On January 9, 2020, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) published a notice in the Federal Registerannouncing the implementation of the registration process for H-1B cap-subject petitions for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021.  The initial H-1B petition registration period will begin on Sunday, March 1, 2020.  Starting on this date, USCIS will require H-1B cap-subject petitioners, including those eligible for […]

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New H-1B Lottery Registration Tool: What You Need to Know

Background  On January 31, 2019, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a final rule making significant changes to the H-1B visa lottery process.  This rule added an electronic registration requirement for petitioners seeking to submit H-1B cap-subject petitions and reversed the order by which USCIS selects petitions under the H-1B cap and the advanced degree […]

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Employment Based Visas

Every fiscal year, approximately 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas are made available to qualified applicants under the provisions of US immigration law. Employment based immigrant visas are divided into five preference categories. These five preference categories include priority workers and persons with extraordinary ability, professionals holding advanced degrees and persons of exceptional ability, skilled workers, professionals, […]

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Travelling While on a Work Visa

If you are currently working in the U.S. on one of many non-immigrant visas, it is important to know whether your category imposes any restrictions on your activities while present here. The general rule of thumb is that you must remain in compliance with the purpose for which your visa was originally issued for the […]

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