H-1B Lottery Enacted after USCIS Receives 172,500 H-1B Petitions

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

On April 11, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received approximately 172,500 H-1B petitions during the filing period for Fiscal Year 2015.  A computer-generated lottery was completed on April 10, 2014 for the 65,000 available H-1B approvals in the general category cap and 20,000 cap in the advanced degree exemption….

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2012 H-1B Cap Update

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

Heading into the Thanksgiving break it appears, the H-1B visa cap is just about met. There may just barely be time for a few last minute filings. USCIS recently announced that as of November 18th, they have received 61,800 applications for H-1B visas for the regular cap (the Master’s cap was already met). Remember that…

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2012 H-1B Cap Approaching

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

As of November 14th, 2011 56,300 regular cap subject H-1b petitions have been submitted. The Master’s cap was reached over a month ago, and the regular H-1B cap of 65,000 will be reached soon. H-1B applicants should remember that up to 6,800 are set aside for nationals from Singapore and Chile (based on treaties). It…

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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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Released WikiLeaks cables may mean higher scrutiny for H-1B & L-1 visa processing, particularly for aliens from Mexico, Libya and Iceland

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

Newly released WikiLeaks show that U.S. State Department officials have had rising concerns about fraud in H-1B and L-1 visa applications in countries that don’t get much attention for it – Mexico, Libya and Iceland. Typically, countries such as China, India, Philippines, and others receive higher fraud scrutiny but countries such as Iceland were not…

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H-1B Filings Way Down

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

Very few new H-1B petitions were applied for in the first week that the fiscal year 2012. As of April 7th: 5,900 H-1B Regular Cap petitions were received (Cap of 65,000) and 4,500 H-1B Master’s Exemption petitions were received (Cap of 20,000) We speculate that the drastic reduction of H-1B filings stems from a combination…

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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 Cap Reached for Fiscal Year 2011

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

USCIS just announced that it reached the statutory cap on H-1B petitions for fiscal year 2011.  Any petition for a new H-1B received by USCIS after January 26th, 2011 will not be processed. The good news for employers is that it only 3 months until they can apply for a Fiscal Year 2012 H-1B.  USCIS…

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