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Category: Employment Visas

Time to Plan for the 2025 H1B Cap Lottery

As the world continues to recover and adapt to post-pandemic realities, the competition for top talent in specialty occupations is becoming fiercer. For employers in the United States, this means the H1B visa program remains a critical pathway to securing the skilled workers needed to drive innovation and growth.  However, with the annual cap on H1B visas and the introduction

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USCIS Announces Additional H2B Visas to Be Available in FY 2024

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) announced an additional allocation of 64,716 H-2B visas for Fiscal Year 2024, nearly doubling the standard annual cap of 66,000. This increase aims to support American businesses in sectors like hospitality, tourism, landscaping, and seafood processing, where there’s a high demand for seasonal and temporary workers.  The

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Increases to Visa Costs Delayed Until 2024

After six months of little word about the proposal, USCIS has announced that proposed increases to visa fees will not be instituted until March 2024. This is excellent news for both potential employment visa recipients and their sponsors, as the rate increases primarily focused on these applications.  However, USCIS is just delaying fee hikes, not canceling them. The agency still

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USCIS Provides New Guidelines for Compelling Circumstances EADs

Foreign nationals with H-1B visas rely on their employment to remain in the US. H-1B holders are technically defined as nonimmigrants, but many have approved I-140 applications and are waiting for their green card.  This nonimmigrant status puts them in a precarious and even dangerous position if they lose their jobs. In most cases, they must either find new employment

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Canadian Program to Recruit US H-1B Visa Holders Meets Quota in One Day

US H-1B visas are more popular than ever before. In fact, these employment visas are so renowned for attracting educated and driven applicants that Canada has opened a program specifically to poach H-1B holders.  This program, known as the Tech Talent Strategy, was designed to attract some of the best and brightest H-1B applicants to Canada. It offered applicants with

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U.S. Pilot Program May Permit Limited In-Country Renewal of H-1B Visas

As part of a new “people-to-people” initiative, the Biden administration has announced the launch of a limited pilot program to permit recipients of certain employment visas to renew their visas without leaving the country.  This announcement occurred after a bilateral meeting between President Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Tens of thousands of H-1B workers must leave the U.S.

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Should You Consider the EB-5 Visa?

Demand for U.S. visas has exceeded the supply for years. However, certain visas are less well-known than others. For example, the EB-5 visa is an often-overlooked option for people looking to live and work in the U.S. However, the EB-5 visa is gaining wider recognition as alternatives like the H-1B visa become increasingly competitive. It has all the benefits of

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90% of Laid-Off H-1B Employees Found New Jobs

Several months ago, Silicon Valley and the wider tech industry experienced a dramatic series of layoffs. Employers like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other giants laid off thousands of employees each, with nearly 95,000 people losing their jobs in just a few weeks.  This number included thousands of H-1B visa holders. Tech companies hire a significant majority of all H-1B candidates

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USCIS Identifies Widespread H-1B Visa Fraud

In a surprising announcement last month, USCIS alleged that several dozen “small technology firms” conspired to commit H-1B registrant fraud.  According to the announcement, these companies worked together to give their candidates a better chance of selection in the annual H-1B visa lottery by registering multiple times. USCIS has stated it is in the process of performing “extensive fraud investigations,

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The Importance of the I-797 Form in H-1B Applications

If you are sponsoring a candidate for an H-1B visa, you need to understand the I-797 form. This form is sent to visa applicants by USCIS to notify the recipient about important updates to their applications. However, multiple types of I-797 forms can be sent depending on the circumstances. ‘ No matter where you are in the sponsorship process, these

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