Immigration & Tax Law Firm
Friday, May 19, 2017
On January 17, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security extends a 60-day grace period to any H-1B holder that finds themselves without a job. This gives people the opportunity to find a new job, transfer to another immigrant or nonimmigrant visa class, or settle any affairs before traveling back to their home country.
Last year, if an H-1B holder lost his or her job for any reason, they would need to leave the country almost immediately to avoid being considered “out of status”. This could easily result in serious consequences such as finding yourself barred from re-entry into the U.S.
In addition, at the beginning and the end of your H-1B period of stay, you will be able to take advantage of two ten-day grace periods to settle in before getting to work and to wrap things up before leaving the country.
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Immigration & Tax Law Firm
Immigration & Tax Law Firm
Phone: (630) 903-9625
1700 Park Street, Suite 203
Naperville, IL 60563
Monday, April 17, 2017
USCIS announced on April 7, 2017, that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2018. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s cap.
USCIS received 199,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 3, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. On April 11, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough petitions to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will reject and return all unselected petitions with their filing fees, unless the petition is found to be a duplicate filing.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would start accepting the H-1B visa applications for the fiscal year 2018 beginning October 1, 2017, from April 3.
It also announced the temporary suspension of the premium processing of H-1B visas beginning April 3. “This temporary suspension will help us to reduce overall H-1B processing time,” the USCIS said. By temporarily suspending premium processing, the USCIS has said that it will be able to process long-pending petitions, which they have currently been unable to process due to the high volume of incoming petitions and the significant surge in premium processing requests over the past few years.
Monday, February 13, 2017
President Donald Trump is considering a new way of distributing the H-1B visa to ensure they go to the "best and brightest. This draft executive order might open the door to major reforms of the H-1B and the Optional Practical Training programs.
The draft executive order calls for "an investigation of the extent of any injury to U.S. workers caused by the employment in the United States of foreign workers admitted under the nonimmigrant visa programs," which includes the H-1B program. Specifically, it asks the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which oversees immigration, to "consider ways to make the process for allocating H-1B visas more efficient and ensure that beneficiaries of the program are the best and the brightest.
Friday, July 15, 2016
Currently, only Chinese investors who applied for EB-5 visa before February of 2014 can get their Green Cards now--so the waiting time for those investors is 2 years and 4 months. But this waiting time keeps increasing because over the last two years several thousands of new EB-5 applications have been filed, which is many more times than yearly EB5 visa quota. What is the waiting time for Chinese EB-5 investors who are planning to apply this year?
There are approximately 40,000 Chinese EB-5 petitions pending and an additional 20,000 approved petitions awaiting visa availability--that is total of 60,000 people waiting in line. If all of the 10,000 annual EB5 quota was used by the Chinese investors, it would take at least 6 years wait for a Chinese investors applying now. However, other countries made up 15% EB5 investors last year, and that percentage is likely to increase to over 50% as the Chinese EB-5 market collapses due to long wait times and as other markets rise. If 50% of the EB5 applications in a year come from non-Chinese investors, that means that number of visas available for Chinese investors could shrink to 5000 per year, resulting in almost 12 years wait for Chinese investors investing now.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) of the Department of Labor (DOL) has ordered Medical Dynamic Systems Inc to pay back pay to a H-1B worker of more than $59,000 in fees and back wages for violating the H-1B visa laws. The ALJ said the health care staffing company must pay Philippine national Vicente D. DeDios the $3,600 he unlawfully paid in connection with his H-1B visa processing and an additional $55,587 in back wages.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
On May 12, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting premium processing, including petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher. USCIS first announced that it would temporarily adjust its premium processing practice due to the historic premium processing receipt levels, combined with the possibility that the H-1B cap will be met in the first 5 business days of the filing season.
Friday, April 8, 2016
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has once again received more than enough H-1B petitions within the first five business days of the fiscal year 2017 filing period to reach the annual cap of 85,000 new visas. It is the fourth consecutive year requests outstripped supply in less than a week, triggering a lottery.
Demand for the visas, which plunged during the recession, began to rise again in 2011. The visas are initially approved for three years and can be extended for another three. Such visa extensions don’t count toward the cap.
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