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Annual Diversity Visa Lottery Now Available!

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery provides 50,000 immigrant visas each fiscal year to natives of countries with low immigration to the U.S. over the preceding five years. Anyone selected in this random lottery is given the...more

New Requirements for Employers of STEM OPT Students — Seven Extra Months for Seven Extra Requirements

The new STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) regulation extends the practical training for F-1 students with qualifying degrees from 17 months to 24 months. It also introduces an employer requirement to complete a training...more

I-9:  Ways to Avoid Identity Theft

Employers are increasingly being contacted by individuals, their insurance and payroll providers, the IRS and/or police about employees who are possibly involved in identity theft. If an employee steals a name and matching...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 Cap Reached – Lottery Initiated and Premium Processing Delayed

On April 7, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it reached the statutory cap of H-1B petitions for fiscal year (FY) 2016. As predicted, the USCIS received a heavy demand for the...more

4/9/2015  /  H-1B , Lottery , USCIS , Visa Caps , Visas

President Obama Announces Executive Actions on Immigration

Last night, President Obama announced broad executive changes to the U.S. immigration system to defer deportation for certain undocumented immigrants, to provide additional resources for border security, and to expand work...more

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