Immigration Blog

FY2019 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions Still Untouched Pending Adjudication

It’s hard to believe, but as we start to prepare for another H-1B season, a number of fiscal year 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions are still pending with the California Service Center. Many of these petitions have yet to receive their initial review. Essentially, they haven’t even been touched since they were filed and accepted for processing! What’s worse: USCIS has thus far provided no timeframe for when these cases might undergo initial review. They’re just […]

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H-1B Visa Success Story: “They were with me at every step.”

Now more than ever, it is crucial to proactively prepare visa applications, over-document the filing, and work in partnership. We can’t do it alone. We’re grateful to our clients who help us help them to achieve their goals, as expressed by one remarkable and proactive H-1B client. “I’m very glad that my company hired Marks Gray to submit my H-1B visa application, especially this year due to the volatile nature of the visa process. Giselle […]

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Prepare for the H-1B the Lottery: H-1B FAQs – Part 1

The demand for cap-subject H-1Bs continues to be high. Therefore, it is imperative that employers, employees, and their immigration counsel start petition preparations early. Job descriptions, salary, O*Net codes, Department of Labor (DOL) registration, the posting of required notices, and credential verification are only a few of the details that must be considered during preparation. Read part 1 of our FAQs, and check back next month for part 2. 1. What is the H-1B visa? […]

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Summary of 2017’s Major Immigration Policy Changes

The current administration has set a goal of slowing down the legal immigration process to achieve a reduction in immigration and arguably protect US jobs. As a result, last year saw its fair share of policy upheavals, including: Three successive travel bans; The six-month suspension of premium processing for all H-1B petitions, including those counted against the annual H-1B cap; The unprecedented Level Wage 1 H-1B visa requests for further evidence (RFEs), which has led […]

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Update: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

On October 3, USCIS resumed premium processing for all types of H–1B petitions. Premium processing for H–1B petitions and other selected types of employment-based cases is available for an additional government filing fee of $1,225. In exchange, your petition is processed within fifteen calendar days.

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Book Excerpt: Benefits of an O-1 Visa over an H-1B

Considering the limitations of the H-1B visa, we encourage our clients to consider alternative work visas, such as the O-1 visa. Here is an excerpt from the “O-1 Visa for Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievements” chapter in Giselle Carson’s book Beyond the H-1B: A Guide to Work Visa Options for Employers, Foreign Nationals, and Graduating Students, which is available for purchase on Amazon. Overview The O-1 visa is especially helpful for highly accomplished athletes, […]

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