Important H-1B Update: US employers must file H1B petitions for those selected in the H1B lottery before June 30.
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USCIS reaches H-1B cap Litwin & Smith ready to file your H1B Petition

  A sufficient number of registrations have been received for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to fill its annual allotment of H-1B nonimmigrant specialty employee visas for the upcoming fiscal year. The agency caps applications at 85,000 – 65,000 for foreign nationals with a bachelor’s degree, and 20,000 with a master’s or higher. The USCIS says it

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New application process for H-1B visas begins March 1

A new electronic registration process for the overhauled H-1B visa system is now ready for the fiscal year 2021 lottery. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) says the new system is an easier-to-use streamlined process. The USCIS says the new electronic system will reduce paperwork and save employers money when petitioning for H-1B visas. Under a simplified online process,

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H-1B visas in 2020: More expensive and more stringent?

The H-1B visa program has already been the subject of some high-profile change. That includes the new electronic registration requirement with $10 fee, its impact on the lottery and reports of ever-increasing application denials. The tumult may not end any time soon. Two proposed rules could alter the H-1B visa process even further. Tightening the definition of ‘best and brightest’

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Immigrants to be denied visas if they can’t afford health care

The current administration said it would deny visas to immigrants who are unable to prove they can pay for their own health insurance or medical costs once they become official residents of the United States. The administration justified the move by saying immigrants are three times as likely to lack health insurance coverage, which would impose a burden on American

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How is a national interest waiver visa different from others?

Individuals from other countries seek work opportunities in the U.S. for many reasons. However, there are many restrictions and guidelines to be aware of. These revolve around the professional qualifications of the individual applying for that specific work visa. Employment-based immigration is split into two work visa categories, first and second preferences. First preference visas require an individual to fall

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Asylee EAD expiring, Spousal EAD months away what to do?

While a US citizen sponsored spouse might not be ineligible to adjust for unauthorized employment. An LPR sponsored spouse would be ineligible. Further, while the sponsored spouse may not be ineligible for a green card. The employer may be penalized for employing without authorization. After the current EAD expires could take time off from work and wait for the new

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Get a Green Card: Know if you’re eligible

You want to stay in the United States and work. You know that there are opportunities for you, your family and your friends. Being able to work here is like a gift. With the right opportunities, everyone in your social circle benefits. Getting a Green Card is one of the first things you need to do, but you have to

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Labor certification is required for some employment visas

Some individuals who come into the United States do so through an employer. The labor certification for which employers can apply enables them to bring people into the country to fill jobs. The program is overseen by the Department of Labor. The DOL handles the labor certification process to ensure that the people coming into the U.S. aren’t going to

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Green Card via PERM Labor Certification & Employer Sponsorship

How Can I Obtain a Green Card via PERM Labor Certification & Employer Sponsorship? The most common form of green card sponsorship through employment is the PERM labor certification. Often, after obtaining a nonimmigrant employment visa. The most popular nonimmigrant employment visas are H1B, E1, E2, L1, and O1. Although F1, J1, P, TN, and E3 may be pathways to

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Details of the H-1B visa application process

Applying for any of the three main types of H-1B visa is a detailed process that requires input and action from both the employer and employee. All H-1B visas are designed for foreign workers with special skills or those who work in a specialized industry. While additional details are likely to come to light during the application process, here are

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