23 11, 2011

H-1B Visa Cap Reached

By |2011-11-23T11:02:08-06:00November 23rd, 2011|Categories: Employment-Based Immigration Law, Immigrant Health Care Workers in the U.S., Immigration and PERM / Labor Certification, Non-Immigrant Visas for Temporary Workers / H-1B|Tags: , , , , , |

Published:  November 23, 2011 As of November 22, 2011, the allotment of 85,000 H-1B work visas for Fiscal Year 2012 (which includes 20,000 visas reserved for those receiving advanced degrees in the US) has been exhausted.  Thus, any H-1B petitions received by CIS after November 22, 2012 will be rejected, with all paperwork and filing fees returned to the filing party. In the meantime, petitions involving workers that are otherwise exempt from the cap will continue to be accepted, including petitions to: extend a current H-1B worker’s status in the U.S.; change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers; allow […]

23 10, 2011

UPDATE: H-1B Work Visa Availability

By |2011-10-23T13:23:00-05:00October 23rd, 2011|Categories: Employment-Based Immigration Law, Immigrant Health Care Workers in the U.S., Immigration and PERM / Labor Certification|Tags: , , |

Published:  October 23, 2011 For most government agencies, including Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), fiscal year 2012 starts on October 1, 2011.  Starting on that date, U.S. employers are able to benefit from a new crop of foreign workers who are issued H-1B work visas.  As early as April 1, 2011, interested employers and foreign workers have had an opportunity to start the process of accessing the annual supply of 85,000 visas – with 65,000 visas in the general supply and 20,000 reserved for U.S. graduate school degree holders – with workers then becoming eligible to commence […]

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