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U.S. Government Expands Job Opportunities for Foreign STEM Students

Posted in H-1B, Immigration
As HR Legalist has reported, the H-1B Cap has been met for FY2017.  USCIS received over 236,000 petitions.   From among this number were selected the congressionally mandated limit of 65,000 regular cap H-1B petitions, and an additional 20,000 for those with Master’s degrees.  For  F-1 student applicants who were unsuccessful in this year’s H-1B Cap… Continue Reading

H-1B Visa Lottery Completed

Posted in H-1B, Immigration
According to a recent study, the odds of winning a Powerball jackpot is 1 in 175,223,510.  The odds of an amateur golfer making a hole in one on a par-3 hole are 1 in 12,500.  Compared to these extremely unlikely events, the recently completed H-1B lottery presents a more optimistic picture.  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration… Continue Reading

FY 2017 H-1B Cap Reached

Posted in H-1B
Yesterday, April 7, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption.… Continue Reading

Taking the Temperature of Immigration Policy for Nurses

Posted in H-1B, Immigration
As we enter the throes of cold and flu season, thoughts naturally turn to matters of health and so it seems fitting that HRLegalist takes a look at visa options for foreign RNs, which have been more difficult to obtain than one might imagine. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the U.S. is… Continue Reading

H-1B Cap Season is Approaching: Are you Prepared?

Posted in H-1B, Immigration
April 1, 2016 is the filing date for all H-1B visa petitions that are subject to the “Cap.” Many HR staff – especially if they are new in the role – are unfamiliar with the fundamentals of the H-1B visa.  This article provides some basic facts that should help our readers familiarize themselves with the… Continue Reading

Employment Authorization Soon to Extend to Certain Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders

Posted in H-1B, Immigration
As our readers are no doubt familiar, there has been much wrangling over the ruling of a federal judge in Texas who imposed an injunction on President Obama’s plan to expand employment authorization to an additional 300,000 people who entered the United States as minor children, the so-called DREAMers.   HRLegalist previously reported that the U.S.… Continue Reading

The 2015 STAPLE Act: Will Relief Finally Come for U.S. Employers in Need of Foreign Talent?

Posted in H-1B, Immigration
USCIS announced May 4, 2015, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in its computer-generated lottery. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected.  USCIS received almost 233,000 H1B petitions; however, only 65,000 H-1B visas are available with an additional 20,000 for… Continue Reading