H-1B COUNT IS IN FOR FY2016

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  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. ...

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SEVP

Effective May 29, 2015, new Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) regulations will allow dependents of F-1 or M-1 visa holders on F-2 or M-2 status to enroll in studies at universities or vocational schools. Until now, dependents of F-1 or M-1 visa holders were unable to enroll in studies at such academic institutions unless th...

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Mini Article: Revisions in the October Visa Bulletin

On September 25, 2015, the Department of State issued a revised Visa Bulletin for October 2015. The new revision rolls back the cutoff dates for eligibility to file for adjustment of status or an immigrant visa. Specifically, the new Visa Bulletin rolls back eligibility dates by two (2) years for EB-2 India (July 1, 2009), sixteen (1...

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FY 2017 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Opened on October 1

What is the Diversity Visa (DV) lottery? The United States makes 50,000 green card numbers available annually through random selection and is open to foreign nationals of countries that historically have had low rates of immigration to the United States. Individuals may qualify if they have a high school education (or equiva...

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New L-1B Ltr Writing Guideline

With continuing increase in the number of Request for Further Evidence (“RFE”) and denials for L-1B petitions, the USCIS has finally issued a new memorandum hoping to clarify what type of evidence will satisfy the requirements for an L-1B Visa. More specifically, it recently issued the INS Office of Director Policy Memorandum “...

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Form I-9: Useful Information on the basics of I-9 completion and employer obligations

When a U.S. citizen or noncitizen is hired by a U.S. employer for employment in the United States, both the employee and employer must fill out Form I-9, which is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals. Form I-9 is available on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)...

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