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Tag: H-1B Visas

  • Latest on H-1B Lottery

    There’s a deadline approaching for the H-1B Lottery! The H-1B category is designated for temporary professionals to work in the U.S. in a specialty occupation, which is generally defined as a position that requires at least a Bachelors degree or the equivalent. The applicant must prove eligibility for the H-1B category with documentation of sufficient […]
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  • H-1B and OPT Considerations for Graduating International Students

    For many international students studying in the United States, there are quite a few options to stay in the country after graduation and work to gain experience. International students attending U.S. colleges and universities must have an F-1 visa to attend and can gain practical experience in their degree field after graduation by applying for […]
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  • What is “Cap Gap” and Are You Eligible?

    Qualified F-1 foreign student visa holders who are transitioning to an H-1B work visa may be able to extend their status and work authorization beyond the period initially authorized with a Cap Gap Extension. Since new H-1Bs do not become available each year until October 1st, students whose F-1 status ends between April 1st and […]
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  • H-1B Status & The Cap Gap Extension

    Berardi’s Jennifer Behm discusses the H-1B status & the cap gap extension in the video below. Read more about understanding the OPT cap-gap on the Berardi blog. If you have any questions, contact Berardi Immigration Law today. We would love to hear from you.
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  • H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period Opens March 1st for FY 2023

    USCIS has announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year (FY) 2023 H-1B cap will open at noon (EST) March 1st and will be open until noon (EST) on March 18th, 2022. Prospective petitioners and their representatives will be able to complete and submit their registrations using the online H-1B registration system. Petitioners […]
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  • Get Ready for the H-1B Lottery

    The H-1B category is designated for temporary professionals to work in the U.S. in a specialty occupation, which is generally defined as a position that requires at least a Bachelors degree or the equivalent. The applicant must prove eligibility for the H-1B category with documentation of sufficient educational credentials, licensure, and/or experience. Check out the […]
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  • DHS Waives Interview Requirement for Certain Nonimmigrant Visas

    The Secretary of State and Department of Homeland Security have recently announced a new policy authorizing consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for certain temporary employment nonimmigrant visa applicants through December 31, 2022. This new authorization applies to temporary workers that are applying for the H-1B, H-3, H-4, L, O, P, and Q […]
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  • Number of H-1B Visa Holders in the U.S. the Lowest it Has Been in Over a Decade

    According to statistics recently released by the Department of Labor (DoL), the number of H-1B visa holders in the U.S. has decreased by 9% since 2020 and 17% since 2019, this decrease is the biggest in over a decade. Mainly, the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects and government legislation passed in prior years can be attributed to […]
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  • USCIS Set to Conduct Third Random Selection on Submitted H-1B Cap Registrations

    USCIS recently announced that they will be selecting additional registrations to reach the fiscal year (FY) 2022 H-1B visa numerical allocations that include the advanced degree exemption. Currently, Congress has set the FY H-1B visa cap to 65,000, with this third random selection hopefully meeting the cap. The petition filing period based on registrations selected […]
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  • USCIS Settlement Is Good News For L-1 And H-1B Visa Spouses

    If you are the spouse of an L-1 or H-1B visa holder, good news has been rare in recent years. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) exacerbated the wait for employment-based green cards by causing long processing delays for work authorization, resulting in the spouses of many high-skilled foreign nationals stopping work and losing their […]
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