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Last Call For H-1B Visa: The Death Of The Program As We Know it

For many years, the H-1B visa has provided a unique opportunity for foreign specialized workers to join the U.S. workforce. The visa was initially designed to supply American companies with foreign workers to offset shortages in the U.S. labor market. However, after a tumultuous presidential election, increased attention is now…

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Visa Bulletin Update from Charlie Oppenheim

In his monthly report on the current trends and future projections of the visa bulletin, Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, provided additional insight heading into the month on July. Family Based Projections: Oppenheim previously suggested that FB-4 China could potentially…

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ASYLUM for IRAQI & SYRIAN, SUNNI & SHIITES

With the recent escalation of armed conflicts in countries like Iraq and Syria, many seek to escape the war-torn areas in search of safety and freedom. The freedom of religion and political opinion that is greatly cherished here in America, is the cause of violence and turmoil amongst the Muslim nations…

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Will I be an H-1B Visa “April’s Fool” This Year? Not with Successful Preparation

Being selected in the random H-1B visa lottery is the first challenge an H-1B visa contender faces.  For those with good bhaagy (luck in Hindi), once selected, their H-1B visa petitions must be strong on its own merits to receive approval.  Getting your H-1B visa petition approved depends on “successful…

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New Proposed Rule Changes for Highly-Skilled Non-immigrants are “Helpful, but Timid”

    On December 31, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a notice of proposed rule making that will affect highly-skilled workers, and other types of non-immigrants.  Most of these changes, as described by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), are “helpful, but timid.”  Others changes, however, give…

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New Rule Enhances Opportunities for H-1B1, E-3, CW-1 Nonimmigrants and Certain EB-1 Immigrants

  There is good news this week if you are seeking or are already in H-1B1, E-3, CW-1, or EB-1 visa status. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a final rule that amends its programs for these types of visas in an attempt to remove barriers and obstacles…

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H-1B Visa Lottery Anticipated for 2016, Employers Urged to Act Now Before April 1st

  Beginning April 1, 2016, employers will be able to submit petitions with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for H-1B visas on behalf of highly-skilled foreign workers in specialty occupations. These cap-subject visas will become available later in the year on October 1. This year it will be…