H-1B United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Visas

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... 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.   less -
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CAP H-1B Rejections Starting to Arrive, June Visa Bulletin - Heightened Demand for Employment-Based Adjustments of Status Causes...

On June 14, 2016, Clark Hill started to receive rejected CAP H-1B petitions. If an H-1B petition was filed on your behalf by Clark Hill, we will send you an e-mail when we receive an update on your case. On April 7,...more

“Benching” Is Not Just for Athletes: A Timely Review of H-1B Wage Requirements

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has started to notify employers of whether their H-1B petitions were selected in USCIS’s fiscal year 2017 random selection process, or “lottery,” that took place in...more

An Ounce of Prevention: Employing Foreign National Physicians in Physician Shortage Areas

Sponsoring a waiver for a J-1 “exchange visitor” can be a good way for healthcare employers to attract talented physicians to vacancies in underserved areas. Here is an example of how the J-1 process works and can help...more

USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Lottery Selection Process and Data Entry for Fiscal Year 2017

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 2, 2016, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in a computer-generated random lottery. Mintz Levin has...more

Alert: Premium Processing for FY 2017 H-1B Cap Petitions to Begin May 12

On May 12, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin premium processing cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting premium processing, including petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S....more

USCIS Announces Date for Start of H-1B Cap Premium Processing

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that on May 12, 2016, it will it will begin the 15 calendar day processing timeline for cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting premium processing. USCIS...more

USCIS Has Completed FY 2017 H-1B Cap Lottery

On April 7, 2016, USCIS announced that it had received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for FY 2017. They also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the advanced...more

H-1B Visa Lottery Completed

According to a recent study, the odds of winning a Powerball jackpot is 1 in 175,223,510. The odds of an amateur golfer making a hole in one on a par-3 hole are 1 in 12,500. Compared to these extremely unlikely events, the...more

H-1B Cap: The Receipts Are Trickling In!

On April 7, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received more H-1B petitions than available under the statutory cap of 65,000 general-category visas and 20,000 U.S. Master's visas for...more

H-1B Cap Filings Break Record

USCIS announced that it completed the lottery for the new fiscal year’s H-1B cap cases. The agency also released the final (approximate) count of cap-eligible H-1B cases filed for FY2017; a new record of 236,000 cases were...more

Breaking News: H-1B Visa Cap Reached for 2017 Fiscal Year

On April 7, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year 2017 has been reached. USCIS had only started accepting H-1B petitions for the...more

USCIS Reaches FY 2017 H-1B Cap

On April 7, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it had reached the H-1B cap for Fiscal Year 2017. Accordingly, USCIS will no longer accept cap-subject H-1B petitions....more

Layoffs of Foreign Workers Lead to Corporate Immigration Concerns

While there is much focus in the media about the termination of U.S. employees and their replacement with workers abroad, there is little discussion about the layoff of foreign employees, currently living in the country....more

USCIS Announces FY 2017 H-1B Visa Cap Reached

On April 7, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory quota of 65,000 standard H-1B petitions and the cap exemption of...more

H-1B Cap Reached; USCIS to Conduct Random Lottery

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced April 7, 2016, that between April 1, 2016, and April 7, 2016, it received more than 65,000 cap-subject H-1B petitions and more than 20,000 H-1B petitions for...more

USCIS Reaches FY 2017 H-1B Cap

As of April 7, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the H-1B quota or “cap” limitation for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS has not yet confirmed the total number of petitions received...more

FY 2017 H-1B Cap Reached

On April 7, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under...more

H-1B Cap Hit for Fiscal Year 2017

On April 7, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received more than enough H-1B petitions to meet the numerical limit for fiscal year 2017 cap-subject H-1B visas, which includes both...more

H-1B Cap Reached — Lottery Initiated and Premium Processing Delayed

On April 7, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it reached the statutory cap of H-1B petitions for fiscal year (FY) 2017. As predicted, the USCIS received a heavy demand for the...more

H-1B Program On Trial During Senate Hearing

Prospects for passage of any H-1B reform legislation remain low in this politically charged election year....more

DHS Tests Known Employer Program for Certain Immigration Petitions

On March 3, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched a pilot program intended to streamline the employment-based immigration process in certain visa categories. The program will modify the process U.S....more

Severe Delays at USCIS Create Need for Nimble Approach by Employers

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) service centers are experiencing severe delays in processing immigration cases due to an overwhelming backlog. USCIS has not publicly identified the cause of the delays or...more

H-1B Quota for October 1: Prepare Labor Condition Applications by March 16

The U.S. government’s H-1B temporary professional worker program allows U.S. employers to hire foreign nationals in “specialty occupation” positions that require a bachelor's degree or the equivalent. Under current law, the...more

A Preview of Business Immigration in 2016: Visa Bulletin Controversy Continues (Part 5/6)

From proposals to overhaul OPT to decreasing the number of H-1Bs, 2016 is already proving to be an interesting year for business immigration. In a series of posts, the Mintz Levin team will provide an overview of the cases,...more

Hybrid Visa Offers Alternative to Limited H-1B Visa

For an ever-increasing number of U.S. employers, the start of another calendar year also means H-1B season has arrived. However, given the competitive nature of the H-1B program, many employers are turning to an alternative...more

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