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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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  • Crossing the Border: H-1B for Students

    If you’re an international student studying in the U.S. and want to stay in the country after pursuing higher education, one option is to apply for an H-1B visa. In the video below, Senior Associate Attorney Gabriella Agostinelli tells us about current caps for H-1B, the lottery process, and recent trends. You can learn more […]
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  • U.S. District Court Judge Vacates DHS Regulation that sought to replace the H-1B Cap Lottery with Wage Level Prioritization System

    On September 15, 2021, U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey S. White granted the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s (“Chamber”) motion for summary judgment in the Chamber’s lawsuit– U.S. Chamber of Commerce v. Department of Homeland Security— challenging a regulation that sought to replace the current H-1B cap lottery system with a wage level prioritization system. The […]
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  • Crossing the Border: Updates to the H-1B Category

    A federal judge has ended a Trump administration regulation designed to make it difficult for international students to gain H-1B status. The H-1B program allows companies and other employers in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and […]
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  • H-1B Applicants File Lawsuit Against DHS

    Hundreds of H-1B visa applicants have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) over “rampant fraud and abuse” in the new H-1B online registration system. According to the complaint, the online registration system, which was created in 2019, has sparked a whole industry of consulting firms and fake employers that register […]
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