The H-1B visa program allows U.S. employers to hire temporary nonimmigrant workers for specialty occupations. Specialty occupations are defined as occupations requiring the application of a "body of... more +
The H-1B visa program allows U.S. employers to hire temporary nonimmigrant workers for specialty occupations. Specialty occupations are defined as occupations requiring the application of a "body of highly specialized knowledge and the attainment of at least a bachelor's degree or its equivalent." Examples of specialty occupations include chemistry, mathematics, engineering, medicine, and architecture, to name a few. Individuals may not apply for H-1B visas; they are distributed only through the approval of employer petitions. In order to protect U.S. workers from unfair competition resulting from the program, the rules require that employers pay nonimmigrant workers equivalent wages to similarly-situated U.S. workers or the industry's prevailing wage. H-1B visas are subject to a yearly cap which is currently set at 85,000.
The government will begin accepting applications for H-1B visa applications for the 2014 fiscal year on April 1. H-1B visas are used for individuals with a specialty occupation position, which is defined as a job that...more
The first two months of 2013 have seen a flurry of activity relating to immigration reform. President Obama is pushing for comprehensive reform as are powerful factions within both the Senate and the House. And the political...more
On April 1, 2013, USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions for Fiscal Year 2014 which starts on October 1, 2013. Early buzz is that the H-1B supply will be exhausted far more quickly than in the past several years. Last...more
On January 29, the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 (I-Squared Act) was introduced by a bipartisan group of senators, including Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Chris Coons (D-DE)....more
Just days ago, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators announced their support for a bill that would greatly increase the number of highly-skilled immigrants who could legally enter and reside in the U.S....more
On January 29, two days after the bipartisan proposal for comprehensive immigration reform, the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 (Act) was introduced into Congress by another bipartisan group of senators....more
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