Immigration Blog

Tips and Approaches for the New H-1B Cap Season

USCIS just announced the new electronic registration process for H-1Bs in 2020.  With the new process, employers will first provide general information about the company and each potential H-1B worker (and pay a $10 registration fee) starting on March 1st — beginning the process a month earlier than previous years. Conceptually, I think electronic registration is a good idea. And expecting that the process would change, we began to prepare for the changes and H-1B […]

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FAQs about RFEs: Understanding RFEs and How to Establish an H-1B Speciality Occupation – Part 3

Part 3 of this series answers the final FAQs about RFEs, particularly as they relate to specialty occupations H-1B petitions. Read parts one and two. 5. How do we establish that the position is a specialty occupation? The petition must demonstrate to USCIS’ satisfaction that the position is one that requires not only the understanding and application of a highly specialized body of knowledge but also that the employer and the industry normally require at […]

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FAQs about RFEs: Understanding RFEs and How to Establish an H-1B Speciality Occupation – Part 2

Part 2 of this series answers more FAQs about RFEs, particularly as they relate to specialty occupations H-1B petitions. You can read Part 1 here. 3. The initial petition was approved without an RFE or extensive documentation. Why did we receive an RFE? While immigration laws and regulations have not significantly changed over the last few years, USCIS’ adjudicatory policies and procedures have changed significantly. For example, USCIS no longer accepts factual statements made by […]

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H-1B Cap Subject Petitions Will Now Come with a $10 Registration Fee

USCIS officially announced the addition of a $10 registration fee recently. They say that this non-refundable fee will be required for registrations that are submitted as part of the FY2021 H-1B cap process. This, of course, is assuming that testing of the system has actually been completed. Currently, it is not complete, so the new registration requirement has not technically been added. In fact, USCIS has said that it will provide the public with “ample […]

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I-9 Example for H-1Bs

Did you have an H-1B employee recently begin work? Here’s an example of how the Form I-9 should be filled out. Download the full I-9 example as a PDF.

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H-1B Visas Are Going, Going… Gone

With the option of obtaining a cap-subject H-1B visa off the table, you may wonder: what options are available to employers seeking work visas for skilled foreign nationals? What should the plan of action be for professionals seeking an employment visa? Download our quick guide to alternative work visa options to consider below. You can also learn more details about these work visas in my book, Beyond the H-1B: A Guide to Work Visa Options […]

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