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FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registration Begins March 9, 2021

The FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registration period will begin 12pmET March 9, 2021, and end 12pmET March 25, 2021. The FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registration period will begin 12pmET March 9, 2021, and end 12pmET March 25, 2021. The USCIS will notify employers by March 31 and let them know whether their petitions have been selected in the Lottery. If

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Investment Visas See A Change In Petition Priority

Obtaining a U.S. visa through investing comes with plenty of requirements – especially patience. Recent years have seen increased wait times, but new policies could move your application up a few spots. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) estimates that there’s nearly seven years’ worth of applicants already waiting in line for an EB-5 visa. Fortunately, new changes to how they deal

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YouTube Your Way to the USA

Our firm has fielded many inquiries regarding work as a YouTube Creator and employment-based petitions and employment authorization. This article summarizes these inquiries. What is YouTube and What Does it mean to be a YouTube Creator? YouTube is an American online video-sharing platform headquartered in San Bruno, California that allows users to upload, view, rate, share, add to playlists, report,

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Federal restrictions eased over work visas

The Trump administration issued significant concessions in August relating to immigration restrictions announced in June. The president signed an order on June 22, banning migrants’ entry through the end of 2020 in specific visa categories, including L-1B visas for specialized workers. The suspension does not apply to visa applicants already in-country before the ban took effect on June 24, or

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What you should know about L-1 visas

The L-1 visa program has been invaluable for multinational businesses. It’s important to understand how this program can benefit your business and to understand some of the challenges the program is currently facing. Who is the L-1 visa for? The L-1 visa is a temporary visa for workers who are coming to a U.S. office of a multinational business. It

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Why am I receiving an RFE for my H-1B visa petition?

You worked with your boss to submit your H-1B employment visa petition. A couple months have gone by, and now – instead of receiving your H-1B approval – the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has sent you something called an RFE. Why have you received this, and is it cause for concern? What is an RFE? A Request

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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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