H-1Bs: What is a Specialty Occupation? (Part 1)

For those seeking an H-1B, the most important criteria that must be met, is that the occupation that they are applying for be a “specialty occupation”.  USCIS has listed four methods of determining if a position is a specialty occupation: A bachelor’s degree or higher degree or its equivalent is normally the minimum requirement for

H-1B/PERM Update – Who Can Pay Fees?

Is USCIS going to request your Social Media IDs?

USCIS published a proposed regulation that would allow them to ask for social media ids (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) for certain nonimmigrants seeking entry into the US.  It would affect those filing the online application for a visa waiver entry.  The “optional” question would be placed in the application so that USCIS could look at people’s social

USCIS and Workload Transfers: What you Need to Know

USCIS frequently is juggling around case types between various service centers to try and assure that all case types are adjudicated as quickly as possible.  Fairly recently they started transferring EB-1A Extraordinary Ability cases to Nebraska from the Texas Service Center.    Even more recent certain H-1Bs were sent from Vermont to California and Nebraska.

What Type of Questions Can an Employer Ask At A Job Interview?

USCIS Changing Filing Location for Some H-1Bs

USCIS just yesterday issued the following press release relating to where to file certain H-1Bs: On July 1, 2016, the Nebraska Service Center (NSC) will begin accepting Form I-129 for H-1B and H-1B1 (Chile/Singapore Free Trade) petitions if the petitioner requests a “Continuation of previously approved employment without change with the same employer” (Box b. on Part

AILA Sues USCIS over H-1B Lottery Data

The American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA) last week filed a lawsuit against USCIS to release the specifics of how they conduct the lottery on H-1B applications every year.  From the AILA press release:   Every year, USCIS approves 65,000 cap-subject H-1B visas and an additional 20,000 H-1B visas for candidates with advanced degrees. Every year

2017 H-1B Cap Met. Lottery Completed.

USCIS just announced that they have completed the random lottery for the H-1B cap.  This means that, shortly, they will begin sending out receipt notices for those applications that were selected, and then they will return those applications that were not.  Although no timeframe was given, we would assume that the receipts should be sent

Legislative Update: Restrictive H-1B Bill Introduced

Is your H-1B renewal taking forever to get approved? You are not alone.

While we can point to many examples of USCIS process times lengthening significantly in the past year, perhaps one of the hardest to understand is that for H-1B renewals.   In its September 30, 2015 processing time reports, USCIS stated that they were processing H-1B renewals filed as of June 2, 2015 (this was for