All Cap-Subject petitions

By |2019-07-12T07:11:45-04:00May 17th, 2018|H-1B Visa, Immigration|

All cap subject petitions have been selected for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B. USCIS will return the ones that were not selected. One more year, the number of applications received exceeded significantly the number of visas granted. This creates issues for companies trying to increase their business and grow in the American market, as they now [...]

H-1B petitions filed

By |2019-07-12T07:13:51-04:00April 18th, 2018|H-1B Visa, Immigration|

H-1B petitions filed One week ago, on April 11, USCIS announced that they used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2019. This year, USCIS received 190,098 H-1B petitions. The filing period [...]

Skilled immigration

By |2019-07-12T07:17:09-04:00March 15th, 2018|H-1B Visa, Immigration|

We thought that President Trump had moved on from the immigration issue based on the battle over tariffs. He is busy with that now. But that doesn’t mean that Trump has no effect on immigration. Through a combination of executive actions and rhetoric, the president is deterring the kind of immigrants that the U.S. critically [...]

Has your petition been chosen?

By |2019-07-12T10:27:33-04:00April 18th, 2017|H-1B Visa|

On April 7, 2017, USCIS announced that it received enough H-1B petitions to reach the cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2018. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s cap. USCIS received 199,000 H-1B petitions during the filing [...]

H-1B cap Reached Once again

By |2019-07-12T10:28:34-04:00April 11th, 2017|H-1B Visa|

U.S. employers are fighting for the chance to hire skilled foreign workers, but unsurprisingly once again, the annual H-1B cap was reached within five business days. USCIS began accepting H-1B petitions on April 3, 2017 and by April 7, USCIS announced that it had received more petitions than the entire H-1B cap for Fiscal Year [...]

What Will the Future of Tech Worker Visas Be?

By |2019-07-12T10:53:44-04:00November 21st, 2016|H-1B Visa, Immigration|

The main U.S. visa program for technology workers could face scrutiny under President-elect Donald Trump and his proposed Attorney General, Senator Jeff Sessions, a long-time critic of the skilled-worker program. H-1B visas admit 65,000 workers and another 20,000 graduate student workers each year. The tech industry may now have to fight to protect it. Trump [...]

Changes for H-1B?

By |2019-07-13T04:59:45-04:00June 14th, 2016|H-1B Visa, Immigration|

Pay for H-1B workers may increase if a draft bill authored by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) gets the bipartisan backing it will need to pass Congress. The bill relies on salary to distribute the visas. Firms that pay salaries well above the prevailing wage will have the best chance of getting a visa. The "High-Skilled [...]

H-1B Cap Reached (Anybody surprised?)

By |2019-07-13T05:12:14-04:00April 12th, 2016|H-1B Visa|

On April 7, the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2017 was reached. For the fourth consecutive year, it was reached in this short period of time. What this means now is that USCIS will conduct a lottery to choose the companies that will be able to employ the skilled foreign workers they need. Every year, U.S. [...]

H-2B Cap Reached

By |2019-07-13T05:15:25-04:00March 24th, 2016|H-1B Visa, Immigration|

USCIS received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the H-2B cap for the first half of Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. March 15, 2016 was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before April 1, 2016. What Happens Now that The Cap Has Been Reached? Except as noted [...]