Immigration Blog

H-1B Cap Selection Is Complete. Now What?

USCIS announced that the cap of 85,000 new H-1B visas for FY2020 was met. They received a total of 201,011 H-1B cap petitions. There was an 11% increase from FY2019 in H-1B advanced degree (master’s and above) petitions selected in the FY2020 lottery; about 63% of those selected were advanced degree petitions. Unfortunately, as it has been for the last two years, being selected is just the first challenge. With the Request for Evidence (RFE) […]

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Extending H-1B Visas Beyond 6 Years and Recapturing Time

For H-1B visa holders and their employers, it’s valuable to understand the options for an extension of time beyond six years. Check out our FAQs to understand the opportunities that may be available. Read the FAQs.  

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Changes Announced to the H-1B Cap-Subject Process Days Before Filing Began

On April 1, 2019, USCIS started taking cap-subject H-1B petitions for FY 2020. Just 20 days before that, they released a memo detailing a new filing process. It includes changes to premium processing that have never been tested or used and the announcement of a new H-1B Data Hub online. The changes to premium processing are based on a new two-phase approach. The first phase applies to FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petitions that request a […]

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H-1B Flowchart and Will There Be a Lottery? What Are My Chances?

Clients often ask us to explain the long, complicated, and bureaucratic H-1B visa process, so we are sharing our H-1B flowchart to help you get an overview of the process. We have also been getting many questions about this year’s H-1B lottery. Will there be one? How does it work? What are my chances? We expect that, yes, there will be an H-1B lottery this year because of the tremendous demand for talent, our strong […]

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FAQs for F-1 Students Transitioning to Cap-Subject H-1Bs

This downloadable PDF was written with the assistance of Ellen Mazujian, our newest team member who served as an International Student Advisor at NYU before joining us.  In the document, you’ll find answers to FAQs about the transition, including information on the cap-gap extension. Download Now

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Forbes: Frightening Data on H-1B Crackdown

Forbes recently highlighted alarming data on how the H-1B adjudicatory process is affecting U.S. businesses and in particular the IT services sector. If you’re a frequent reader of my newsletter, you know about the unprecedented number of Requests for Further Evidence (RFEs) and outright denials. This article objectively shows the numbers: If you’re a frequent reader of my newsletter, you know about the unprecedented number of Requests for Further Evidence (RFEs) and outright denials. This […]

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