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Yearly Archives from 2015

A New Year, A New You!

Best Life Tips: 10 Tips to Reboot Your Life in 2015 and Beyond… Are you living your life in the present? Loving, connecting and enjoying every minute of it? Seneca, a Roman Philosopher and Statesman, said “It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were […]

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It is Time to Start Planning for New H-1B Visa Filings!

The USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions, that are subject to the FY2016 cap, on April 1, 2015. The demand for new H-1B visas is expected to be higher than last year, when the demand for H-1B visas exceeded their availability. Last year, the USCIS conducted a computer-generated lottery to select     FY2015 H-1B petitions for processing. The USCIS received approximately 172,500 H-1B petitions for the allotted 85,000 cap-subject H-1B spots.   After the 20,000 U.S. advanced-degree cases were selected, […]

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Executive Action is under Attack!

Seventeen states including; Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin have filed suit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the President’s executive action. The main issues of the dispute are the constitutionality over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (“DAPA”) programs.  The programs allow certain undocumented young adults and their parents to […]

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Will the President’s Executive Action have an Impact on Priority Dates?

At this time, the President’s executive action is not expected to have a significant impact on the priority date cut-off movement.  The President outlined broad plans for modernization and pre-registration of the adjustment of status (AOS) applicants whose priority dates are not current. His plan is to limited to pre-registration filings with the USCIS and would not render the applicants eligible for an immediate “green card.” The plan proposes to “Modernize the Employment-Based Immigrant Visa System” and […]

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The February Visa Bulletin is Released

The bulletin shows a slight forward movement in all visa preference categories and a potential monthly movement for family and employment categories through May 2015. In February, the priority date for EB-3 China will be more than 17 months ahead of EB-2 China which could lead to a significant number of filings for EB-3 China and might require correction later in the fiscal year.  EB-2 India will be at Sept. 1, 2005 and is expected to […]

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What About Alternatives to Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions?

FAQ: Alternatives to Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions While many foreign nationals might have to wait until next April for another chance at H-1B status, the following options should be considered for affected employees: >>Return to FAQ H-1B’s that are Cap-Exempt These include petitions for employment at an institution of higher education, or a related or affiliated nonprofit entity, nonprofit research organization, or governmental research organization and physicians on J-1 visas who receive H-1B status through the […]

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