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April 1: Time to File Your H-1B Visa Applications

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What does April 1, the beginning of H-1B Season, mean? Due to the recent AAO decision, many previously cap-exempt employers are expected to request H-1B visa numbers for their employees.  We anticipate that this will drive demand for the limited number of H-1B visas, and the H-1B cap will be reached significantly earlier this year […]

State Department Visa Bulletin for March 2011

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On February 11, the State Department released the March 2011 Visa Bulletin. The Worldwide Employment-Based (EB) preference categories remain current for EB-1, EB-2, EB-4 and EB-5. In the Worldwide EB-3 category (professionals and skilled workers), the dates advance by three months.  For Mexico EB-3, the dates move forward by six months.  However, for persons born […]

Proposed Electronic System for H-IB Eliminating Submission of Petitions

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USCIS is publishing a proposed rule that could save U.S. businesses more than $23 million over the next 10 years by establishing an advance registration process for U.S. employers seeking to file H-1B petitions for foreign workers in specialty occupations.  This at least is what they are saying. The proposed electronic system would minimize administrative burdens […]

Advance Parole and Employment Authorization Card All in One for Adjustment Applicants

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On February 11, the USCIS began issuing employment and travel authorization on a single card for certain applicants filing an Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, Form I-485. The card looks similar to the current Employment Authorization Document (EAD) but includes text that reads, “Serves as I-512 Advance Parole.” (See photo of the new […]

DV-1 Lottery Selection and how Marriage Affects the Winner

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After DV-1 Lottery selection, what happens if the DV Lottery winner marries? 1.) For any changes (i.e. change of address, marriage, or new child) after winning the DV Lottery, the winner will need to update the Consulate detailing the new information. 2.) They will also need to pay additional immigrant visa fees for the new […]