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H-1B Visa General Cap 65,000 For 2016

Author: Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal

For the 2016 fiscal year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the H-1B general-cap would be 65,000. This means that only 65,000 applicants for a general H-1B nonimmigrant visa would be accepted for this fiscal year through the computer-generated random selection process, or lottery. For those not selected … Continue reading H-1B Visa General Cap 65,000 For 2016

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It’s Not too Early to Begin Preparing for the H-1B CAP

Author: Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal

The H-1B CAP will Open on April 1st It’s that time again for employers to begin preparing for the H-1B CAP. The H-1BCAP refers to the quota system that the USCIS uses to review 85,000 H-1B applications each year. The CAP only applies to those who are petitioning for an … Continue reading It’s Not too Early to Begin Preparing for the H-1B CAP

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H-1B Visa Alternatives

Author: Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal

This year 233,000 applicants competed for the 65,000 H-1B visas available. This means over 150,000 applicants were not considered and denied the opportunity to apply. The unlucky applicants can wait and try again next year, but in the meantime there are other options available.This video gives a breakdown of the … Continue reading H-1B Visa Alternatives

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Change of H-1B Workplace Requires Amended Petition

Author: Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal

H-1B holders working at multiple worksites must have a Labor Condition Application (LCA) on file for each worksite. Last week the USCIS Administrative Appeals released a decision that states any geographic change in the workplace listed on the LCA accompanying all H-1B visas requires filing an amended application. Also, any … Continue reading Change of H-1B Workplace Requires Amended Petition

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Foreign Students and the H-1B Cap Gap

Author: Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal

With the school year coming to a close, it’s time for foreign students to start thinking on ways to continue to remain in the United States, following the conclusion of their academic programs. Some college students on F-1 visas who are authorized to work pursuant to the Optional Practical Training … Continue reading Foreign Students and the H-1B Cap Gap

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Need for H-1B Visas- The Time to Apply Is Now!

Author: Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal

As H-1B season approaches, it’s time to begin your application process for a spot in the lottery. Currently, the USCIS allots 65,000 H-1B visas each year. Vying for a spot in the lottery are an estimated 195,000 applicants. With three times the amount of applicants than visas available, many applicants … Continue reading Need for H-1B Visas- The Time to Apply Is Now!

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How President Obama’s “Immigration Accountability Executive Action” Affects Employment-Based Immigration

Author: Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal

President Obama’s “Immigration Accountability Executive Action” proposes several changes to the immigration system many of which could affect employment-based visas. The proposed changes could be good news for employees and employers by decreasing wait times for certain classifications, allowing spouses of H-1B visa holders to work and in some cases … Continue reading How President Obama’s “Immigration Accountability Executive Action” Affects Employment-Based Immigration

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H-1B Cap Opens April 1st

Author: Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal

The H-1B cap for the 2015-2016 fiscal year will open on April 1, 2015. Timely filing is important because there are a limited number of H-1B visas issued each year. Application process is complex with no room for error. It’s time for employers to identify the candidates for whom they … Continue reading H-1B Cap Opens April 1st

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