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H-1B Quota over–now what?

Author: Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 3 that all data entry for FY 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been completed.  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 … Continue reading H-1B Quota over–now what?

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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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New Case Challenges New H-4 Regulation That Would Allow Spouses to Work in U.S.

Author: Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal

A few weeks ago we blogged about a new regulation allowing H-4 visa holders(dependents of H-1B visa holders) to work in the United States. However, a case has just been filed in Washington D.C. federal court challenging this regulation. The lawsuit, Save Jobs USA v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, … Continue reading New Case Challenges New H-4 Regulation That Would Allow Spouses to Work in U.S.

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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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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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Special Visa Categories for Canadians

Author: Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal

Despite the media attention surrounding immigration from Mexico, it’s important to remember that the United States shares a border to the north with Canada as well. Given Canada’s proximity to the United States, it is no surprise that there are some special requirements and restrictions for Canadians seeking entry into … Continue reading Special Visa Categories for Canadians

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Advanced Parole or H-1B?

Author: Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal

It is a stressful, but rewarding, time when a noncitizen finally begins their adjustment of status process to obtain a green card. Not only are many of the visa restrictions lifted, but it also allows for more frequent travel in and out of the United States. This article will explore … Continue reading Advanced Parole or H-1B?

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Visas and Residency for UC Tuition Purposes

Author: Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal

It is no secret that many immigrants are young students seeking to attend the United States’ top universities. Many of these universities are in California, but California universities’ out-of-state tuition rates can be prohibitively expensive. What is considered a “resident” for California university tuition purposes has some interplay with immigration … Continue reading Visas and Residency for UC Tuition Purposes

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Intermittent Employees and I-9 Issues

Author: Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal

Occasionally, a company requires an intermittent employee to complete a certain project or goal. A foreign national on an H-1B or L-1 visa may be employed in the US for a short period of time. . Regardless of how long a particular employee stays or how often they come in … Continue reading Intermittent Employees and I-9 Issues

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