Will You Make the H-1B CAP in 2023?!

2023-06-09T18:08:15+00:00Feb 2, 2023|

2023 appears to be a year where we finally see some balance in the way the H-1B CAP is utilized. Hopefully, you are among the lucky ones who get picked in this year’s lottery. Read more - https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/you-make-h-1b-cap-2023-vaman-kidambi

5 Considerations When Hiring an Immigration Lawyer

2022-08-23T18:45:36+00:00Aug 23, 2022|

By Attorney Vaman Kidambi Let me start out by stating that the first thing you should do before hiring an immigration attorney is to check the attorney’s standing with the local Bar Association. This information is readily available online. For instance, attorneys admitted in New York State can be found on the New York State [...]

When Not to File an Amended H-1B Petition

2022-08-03T15:14:15+00:00Aug 3, 2022|

In May 2015, the USCIS issued draft guidance following a precedent decision in Matter or Simeio Solutions, LLC (26 I&N Dec. 542 (AAO 2015)) on when to file amended H-1B petitions. However, in 2020 following the IT Serve Alliance case, the USCIS entered into a settlement agreement where it agreed to set aside certain policies [...]

Can Employers Withhold Pay for Lack of Time sheets?

2022-01-25T16:26:22+00:00Jan 25, 2022|

Can Employers Withhold Pay for Lack of Timesheets? Employers contact me with this question all the time especially when the employee is off site at a client location. For instance, we had one employer call in frustratedly and complain that the employee had repeatedly ignored requests by HR to turn in timesheets in a timely [...]

Time to Lift the Ban – Scapegoating Professional Visas Hurts the Economy and Stifles Innovation

2021-03-03T16:37:05+00:00Mar 3, 2021|

Be it a Republican administration, or one led by Democrats, a common theme appears to be the raw deal handed to non immigrant professionals. While the Biden administration halted midnight regulations including scrapping a wage-based lottery for the H-1B CAP, it has refrained from revoking the ban on the entry of professionals. This ban, imposed [...]

7 Things to Know About the H-1B CAP

2021-02-25T15:32:03+00:00Feb 25, 2021|

The registration process for the H-1B FY2022 lottery begins shortly and we have some tips and general guidelines for those looking to file this year. Our office is happy to assist you with these filings at no charge (except the $10 registration fee charged by USCIS).   Registration Period is from March 09th to March [...]

The IOWA Caucus Fiasco May Have Lessons For H-1B CAP Registration

2020-02-07T17:55:56+00:00Feb 7, 2020|

In order to be proactive and ensure H-1B CAP petitions are filed on time and with the least amount of disruption, it may be prudent and certainly proactive to commence processing of H-1B petitions as in previous years. I believe it is better to be prepared than find oneself in a situation like the Democrats did in Iowa on Monday night

What to Know and How to Prepare for STEM-OPT Employer Site Visits

2019-09-24T19:19:18+00:00Sep 24, 2019|

In a new development, DHS/Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) has commenced site visits to employer locations that train STEM OPT students. This program began about 12 days ago, and clients have started reporting site visits to verify STEM OPT related information. Advance Notice to Employers: According to the Study in the States website maintained by DHS, [...]

HandiCAPping Anyone? Making Sense of the H-1B Random Selection Process

2019-05-22T15:09:43+00:00May 22, 2019|

On May 17th, the USCIS announced it had completed data entry for all fiscal year 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the computer-generated random selection process, including those selected under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. Now, the Service will begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. This process usually takes approximately 8-14 [...]

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