H-1B Training Fees

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

Employers often cringe when they hear all of the fees associated with an H-1B petition. For an initial H-1B there is the $325 filing fee, a $500 fraud fee, a $750 or $1500 training fee ($750 if 25 or fewer employees) and a $2000 fee for certain larger employers that have more than 50% of…

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New export control attestation starts February 20 for H-1B, L-1 and O-1 petitions

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

Beginning February 20, 2011, U.S. employers will have to certify their compliance with U.S. export licensing requirements when petitioning for H-1B, H1-B1, L-1, and O-1A visa classifications on behalf of employees. The new I-129 form requires employers to review the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and to classify…

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Georgia Court Overturns PT Testing Prohibition

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

Yesterday’s Superior Court decision in Georgia is an exciting step towards permanently reinstating physical therapist’s ability to test. The Georgia court declared the testing prohibition invalid and unenforceable in Georgia, and the Georgia State Board are permanently enjoined from enforcing the testing prohibition and “taking any action that would prohibit, delay, frustrate, or hinder candidates…

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H-1B count update

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

USCIS just updated the H1B count. As of April 15, 2010, approximately 13,600 (out of 65,000 available) H-1B cap-subject petitions had been filed. USCIS has received 5,800 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees.  These numbers are way down from previous years, which is good news for employers who wish to hire foreign workers, as…

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H-1B visas still available

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

H-1B filings were way down this year, and the cap was not even close to being met. USCIS reports that they received approximately 13,500 H-1B petitions counting toward the 65,000 cap. USCIS received approximately 5,600 H-1B petitions for individuals with advanced degrees from a U.S. institution counting towards the annual cap of 20,000. This is…

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H-1B Filings Begin April 1st 2010

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

Beginning April 1, 2010, the United State Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions for employment commencing on October 1, 2010. The fiscal year cap for H-1B petitions for FY2011 is 65,000. In addition there are 20,000 H-1B petitions for those with a Masters Degree or higher in the U.S. The…

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Immigration Consequences of Mergers and Acquisitions

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

Many companies and even corporate lawyers fail to perform the necessary due diligence of analyzing the immigration consequences of a merger and acquisition. All of the workers should be analyzed individually, to examine what immigration liabilities and responsibilities the surviving entity will take on. In some cases this may even effect how the deal will…

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H-1B Visa Cap Reached!

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2010. USCIS is hereby notifying the public that Dec. 21, 2009 is the “final receipt date” for new H-1B specialty occupation petitions requesting an employment start date in…

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