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USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2016 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

May 4, 2015

USCIS announced May 4, 2015, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in our computer-generated random process. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. Due to the high volume of filings, the time frame for returning these petitions is uncertain. USCIS asks petitioners to not inquire about the status of submitted cap-subject petitions until they receive a receipt notice or an unselected petition is returned. USCIS […]

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USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2016

April 13, 2015

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7, 2015 that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2016. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the advanced degree exemption, also known as the masters cap. USCIS received about nearly 233,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 1, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. On April […]

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USCIS Reaches FY 2016 H-1B Cap

April 7, 2015

WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2016. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. USCIS will use a computer-generated process, also known as the lottery, to randomly select the petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 visas for the general category and 20,000 for the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will first randomly select petitions […]

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USCIS Will Accept H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2016 Beginning April 1, 2015

March 12, 2015

Petitioners are Reminded to Follow Regulatory Requirements WASHINGTON – On April 1, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2016 cap. U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering and computer programming. The congressionally mandated cap on H-1B visas for FY 2016 is 65,000. The first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed for individuals with a […]

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DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses

February 24, 2015

DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants Seeking Employment-Based Lawful Permanent Residence WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. DHS amended the regulations to allow these H-4 dependent spouses to accept employment in […]

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Statement by Secretary Jeh C. Johnson

February 20, 2015

I strongly disagree with Judge Hanen’s decision to temporarily enjoin implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Department of Justice will appeal that temporary injunction; in the meantime, we recognize we must comply with it. Accordingly, the Department of Homeland Security will not begin accepting requests for the expansion of DACA tomorrow, February 18, as originally planned. Until further notice, we will also suspend the […]

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

June 14, 2013

On April 17, the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” introduced a Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill (S.744) in the U.S. Senate. Since then, the Senate Judiciary Committee has held two public hearings on the bill. The bill is 844 pages in length, and in addition to providing a Pathway to Citizenship to 11 million undocumented persons, it would overhaul the way foreign-born individuals qualify for green cards through employment and through their family members who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. This […]

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Documenting the position as H-1B specialty occupation

March 8, 2013

One of the difficulties in preparing an H-1b petition is documenting that the position is an H-1b specialty occupation. Most of the issues involving this matter are discussed below. Question: What are the documentations necessary to prove that a position is a specialty occupation? Answer: A well-prepared case on the inclusion of a position as a specialty occupation should do the following: Describe job duties that are sufficiently complex and involve a level of knowledge and skill that require the […]

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H-1B Petitions

March 6, 2013

LA Jobs is a recruitment agency that specializes in placing qualified individuals with companies that are willing to sponsor the applicant for an H-1B Visa also known as a Working visa. H-1B Visas are non-immigrant visas issued to individuals holding a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent (e.g. minimum of 5 years experience working a specific line of work). Once approved, the H-1B visa authorizes the individual to work in the U.S. for the sponsoring company, usually for a period of […]

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H-3 Training: A Possible Solution to the H-1B Crisis

March 4, 2013

H-3 Training: A Possible Solution to the H-1B Crisis By Atty. Frank Nelson       Employers all over the country are feeling the pinch of the current H-1B crisis. U.S. workers simply are not available to fill all of the available jobs in this country, and now that the US has run or of H-1B visas, employers are unable to hire foreign workers to fill badly-needed positions. Congress is currently discussing the possibility of making more H-1B’s available, but there is nor guarantee that this […]

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