USCIS Releases Updated L-1B Adjudications Policy for Public Feedback

On March 24, 2015, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) released an updated policy memorandum on the L-1B nonimmigrant visa classification for workers with specialized knowledge, effective August 31, 2015. This memorandum helps USCIS officers better understand how L-1B petitioners may show that an employee has a specialized knowledge. The prior L-1B memorandum has.. Read More


USCIS Will Begin Accepting H-1B Visa Petitions for Fiscal Year 2016 on April 1, 2015

United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions for fiscal year 2016 beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2015. The H-1B visa program allows US businesses to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in science, engineering, and computer programming fields. The first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed for individual workers.. Read More


Visa Bulletin for April 2015 Released

The Visa Bulletin for April 2015 has been released by the U.S. Department of State (DOS). Each month, the Department of State publishes priority dates for various employment based and family based categories. The Visa Bulletin for this month shows continuing movement forward for Indian nationals. Employment Based Preferences The Visa Bulletin for this month.. Read More


H1B Premium Processing Date Adjusted and Expected to Fill by First 5 Business Days

USCIS, on March 12, 2015, announced a temporary adjustment in its current premium processing receipt levels. In order to prioritize data entry for cap subject H-1B petitions, USCIS will begin premium processing for H-1B cap-subject petitions requesting premium processing no later than May 11, 2015, states the release. This decision is based on adjustments to.. Read More

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Green Card Deemed a Better Solution than EAD for H-4 Visa Holders

Each year, the US government issues about 85,000 H-1B visas allowing foreign employees to work in the US temporarily. Until recently, spouses of those H-1B visa holders on H-4 visas were not allowed to work in the US, sparking debate over the last couple of years of whether or not to allow H-4 visa holders.. Read More


Preparing Supporting Documentation for H1-B “Specialty Occupation” Petition

As the H1-B season approaches, petitioners are gearing up towards filing for H1-B visa. New recruits who have a degree from an accredited college or university must demonstrate that the proposed position he/she intends to fill qualifies as a specialty occupation and that he/she is qualified for that position. “Specialty occupation” is defined in the.. Read More