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FY2022 H-1B Alternatives

The H-1B Registration period ended on March 25 and the H-1B Lottery Selection period has begun. Currently, we are seeing about a 30% selection rate among all filers, which suggests one of two things: (1) either the number of applicants is up for this fiscal year; or (2) USCIS is only partially into the selection… [Read More]

USCIS Announces Flexibility for OPT Applications

F-1 students who have been impacted by USCIS lockbox and service center delays may qualify for additional flexibility in their petition for Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization, according to an announcement from USCIS. Overview OPT is a coveted component of the F-1 visa program, allowing foreign students to work in the United States in… [Read More]

What are Employer Obligations in the H-1B Process?

The H-1B is perhaps the most well-known work visa and a cornerstone of business immigration for public and private companies large and small, institutions of higher education, school systems, and hospitals/healthcare facilities. This dual-intent, nonimmigrant visa allows employers to bring professional employees to the US, and also has a clearly defined path for the applicant… [Read More]

What to Expect from the FY 2022 H-1B Lottery

UPDATE 2/17/2021 United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) indicated it will open H-1B registration for FY2021 on March 9, 2021. The window will close March 25, 2021. During the registration period, petitioners can electronically file petitioner and beneficiary information through the electronic registration process. On February 5, USCIS shared the following guidance on this… [Read More]

Looking Ahead: How a Biden Presidency Could Impact Immigration in Higher Education

President-Elect Joe Biden will inherit an immigration landscape that has changed dramatically in the four years of the Trump Administration. Under its “Buy American, Hire American” directive, the Trump Administration changed the way federal immigration laws are interpreted and enforced, leading to increased scrutiny of every conceivable aspect of legal immigration, from obtaining U.S. citizenship… [Read More]

Looking Ahead: How a Biden Presidency Could Impact Start-Ups and the Innovation Economy

President-Elect Joe Biden will inherit an immigration landscape that has changed dramatically in the four years of the Trump Administration. Under its “Buy American, Hire American” directive, the Trump Administration changed the way federal immigration laws are interpreted and enforced, leading to increased scrutiny of every conceivable aspect of legal immigration, from obtaining U.S. citizenship… [Read More]

SEVP Backs Away from Temporary Plan Helping F-1/M-1 Students during the Pandemic

During the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, SEVP instituted temporary measures allowing F-1 and M-1 students to take more classes online than normally permitted under the Regulations. Request Your Complimentary Consultation Generally, SEVP Regulations only permit 1 class online per semester with the remaining credit hours to be taken “in person” at the university. In… [Read More]

H-1B, L-1 and J-1 Visa Alternatives

President Trump’s June 22nd Executive Order was arguably the most aggressive assault on U.S. business immigration of his administration – tying COVID-era unemployment rates to suspension of new H-1B, L-1 and J-1 visas issued outside of the United States. The suspension does not impact foreign nationals already in the United States in a valid visa… [Read More]