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Category: H-1B 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 Completes Second H-1B Lottery for FY 2024

On August 1st, 2023, the USCIS announced it had completed a second round of H-1B registration selections for the FY 2024 visa lottery. Registrants notified of their selection after this round have from August 2nd to October 31st, 2023, to submit their complete applications for their H-1B visas.  Initially, a second round of H-1B lottery selections appeared unlikely for FY

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USCIS Anticipates Low H-1B Cap Acceptances After Fraud Investigations

The H-1B visa registration, lottery, and application process for FY 2024 has been fraught so far. After USCIS announced its second lottery picks, it became clear that the agency anticipates low approval ratings from the first-round selections. This comes after it announced wide-reaching fraud investigations to address the shockingly high number of registrations for the period.  The agency initially selected

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OPT Beneficiaries Sue DHS for Alleged Unlawful Visa Denials

The FY 2024 H-1B lottery season has been one of the most complicated application periods of the last decade, and this shows no sign of changing. In a recent development, nearly 70 OPT visa holders have sued the federal government, claiming their H-1B applications were unjustly denied.  The class-action lawsuit, Sharma et al. v. United States Department of Homeland Security,

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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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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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New H-1B and L-1 Bill Introduced in Senate

A new bill introduced to the Senate has the potential to completely overturn much of the H-1B and L-1 visa application processes. The bill, called the “H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act,” was introduced by a bipartisan group of senators to make it more difficult to acquire these visas and require employers to focus more heavily on recruiting U.S. employees. 

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Court Ruling Declares H-1B Spouses Permitted to Work in the U.S.

As of April 2nd, 2023, a federal ruling has confirmed that spouses of H-1B visa holders are authorized to work in the U.S. This ruling confirms the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulation that first offered this authorization.  The ruling was issued in Save Jobs USA v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Advocacy group Save Jobs USA argued that the

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USCIS States H-1B Visa Cap for FY2024 Reached and Lottery Performed

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the agency has received sufficient electronic registrations to meet the cap on H-1B visas for fiscal year (FY) 2024. As such, it has performed a lottery to randomly select registrants who will be chosen to apply for these visas. Registrants may check the USCIS portal to determine if they have been

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