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F-1 Students: How to Handle the Cap-Gap

If you are an F-1 student who has recently graduated and are in post-competition optional practical training (OPT), you may have a gap between when your F-1 or OPT status ends and your H-1B status will begin, if selected.   Fortunately, USCIS has a policy in place that can allow you to stay, and often continue working, in the United States while you wait for news on your H-1B filing. You must: Be the beneficiary […]

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

On April 6th, USCIS announced that the cap of 85,000 new H-1B visas for FY2019 was met. They received a total of 190,098 H-1B cap petitions, 95,885 of which are master’s cap petitions. If you submitted a petition, you may be wondering, “What happens now? When will I know if mine is selected?” USCIS takes several weeks to months to notify which cases are selected in the lottery. Here is an overview of the process […]

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FAQ – H-1B Visas Going…Going…Gone. Now What?

Alternative Work Visas to Consider  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 for Employers, Foreign Nationals, and Graduating Students, available on Amazon. Download Now

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Giselle Speaks: ATP University and Palm Beach State College

Giselle Carson was honored to speak at the ATP University in Miami. The ATP University provides an opportunity for ATP top world-ranked tennis players to learn about important topics facing their careers. Gisellespoke to the participants about visas and immigration. She was also honored to speak this month to the Palm Beach State College on I-9 and immigration compliance.

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USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing for H-1B Cap Cases… Again

USCIS has announced another temporary suspension of Premium Processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions, including those seeking an exemption for individuals with a master’s degree or higher. However, unlike last year, they will continue to accept Premium Processing for petitions that are not subject to the cap, including those filed by cap-exempt institutions. USCIS will announce when they resume premium processing, but the suspension is expected to continue until September 10, 2018.

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L-1s and TNs Border Processing – A Dramatic Change Ahead

In another effort to tighten legal immigration, CBP and USCIS announced in a conference call that they are rolling out a pilot program to eliminate “on-the-spot” L-1s and TNs NAFTA adjudications at the border. The program will first be implemented at the Blaine Washington State port of entry starting April 30, 2018. The current in-person border application will be replaced with a mail-in application, which might take 3-5 days of adjudication through the California Service Center, […]

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