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Cap Gap Expiration Approaching: Some Employees' Work Authorization May End on October 1, 2014

Fiscal year 2015 cap-subject H-1B petitions selected and approved by USCIS will be valid starting October 1, 2014. However, as October 1, 2014 approaches, many cap-subject H-1B petitions remain pending at both the California...more

H-1B Petitions

USCIS has announced that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2015 cap on April 1, 2014. Cases will be considered accepted on the date that USCIS receives a properly filed petition with the...more

H-1B Demand for Fiscal Year 2015 Anticipated to be High: File April 1, 2014 for October Start Date

USCIS will soon post its guidance for filing cap-subject H-1B petitions on April 1, 2014 for an Oct. 1, 2014 start date. It is anticipated that the demand for H-1Bs in fiscal year (FY) 2015 (which starts on Oct. 1, 2014) will...more

H-1B Specialty Occupation Update: Time Again to File for New H-1B Visas and Government Scrutiny of Employer’s H-1B Usage

The H-1B visa filing frenzy is upon us once again! Because of the chronic shortage of nonimmigrant visas for foreign workers in the specialty occupation category (H-1B visas), employers seeking to hire new H-1B workers must...more

April 1 Deadline for Filing H-1B Visa Petitions Approaches

As of April 1, 2014, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY2015). Upon approval, petitions for FY2015 will allow foreign nationals to work for...more

The Race To File H-1B Work Visas On April 1, 2014

Executive Summary: We are releasing this Alert to remind employers of the fast approaching April 1, 2014 deadline for filing H-1B work visa petitions on behalf of foreign employees who need sponsorship for long-term work...more

Tick Tock: The H-1B Visa Clock Is Ticking

The H-1B is the main visa used by U.S. employers to hire highly skilled, professional, foreign workers. Each year on October 1, approximately 65,000 H-1Bs are made available (with an additional 20,000 for foreign nationals...more

The Deadline is Approaching!

The April 1, 2014 deadline for filing H-1B visa petitions for Fiscal Year 2015 will be here before you know it. We recently published an alert with more information on when you should file and H-1B caps....more

2014 H-1B Visa Deadline and Quota Estimations

The H-1B non-immigrant visa is available to foreign workers who are employed by U.S. companies in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields, such as scientists, engineers, or...more

New regulation on foreigners' exit and entry administration takes effect on 1 September 2013 in China

After the new PRC exit-entry law has come into force on 1 July 2013, the State Council issued a new regulation on the administration of foreigners' exit and entry (New Regulation) on 12 July 2013 to clarify the rules relating...more

Visa Bulletin Progresses Dramatically

Good news came with the Department of State’s (DOS) recent release of the September 2013 Visa Bulletin. The cut-off dates for visas in the employment-based visa categories have progressed dramatically since last month....more

Recent OCAHO Decision Reminds Employers To Complete Accurate And Timely I-9 Forms

As immigration reform measures proceed through Congress, it is critical that employers are prepared for strict worksite enforcement of I-9 requirements to prevent costly auditing and penalties for paperwork violations or the...more

Significant Advancement Of EB-2 India Cut-Off Date

The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Visa Bulletin sets out per country priority date cut-offs that regulate when an individual can begin the final phase of the lawful permanent residence (“green card”) process, either...more

VISA BULLETIN FOR OCTOBER 2012

The following information is provided by the Visa Office regarding the cut-off dates for the month of October 2012....more

VISA BULLETIN FOR JULY 2012

The following information is provided by the Visa Office regarding the cut-off dates for the month of July 2012....more

EB-2 IMMIGRANT VISA AVAILABILITY BACKLOGGED FOR ALL COUNTRIES OF BIRTH STARTING JULY 1, 2012

On Monday, June 11th, the Department of State published the July 2012 Visa Bulletin, establishing a “cut-off date” of January 1, 2009, for EB-2 applicants born in countries other than India and China. EB-2 immigrant visas...more

VISA BULLETIN FOR JUNE 2012

The following information is provided by the Visa Office regarding the cut-off dates for the month of June 2012. FAMILY PREFERENCES...more

February 2012 Visa Bulletin Commentary

A summary of visa availability updates for various family-based and employment-based categories....more

December 2011 Visa Bulletin Commentary

A brief summary and update of the visa availability....more

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