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H1B Visa for Foreign Employee

The H1B visa is an employment-based, non-immigrant visa category for temporary workers.

73% says "No H-1B? I'm Not Going to Study in the US"

Three weeks back, we started a poll to find out if prospective international students will be willing to go to the United States to attend colleges and universities if H-1B visa will not be available after they graduate. Essentially, they will not be able to work after graduation for more than the allowed 12 + 17 month OPT period.

After H1B Petition Approval - What Next?

Congrats on your H-1B visa petition approval. Getting an H-1B visa approved is one big step in your journey to success. Typically, after an H1B petition is approved by the USCIS, the agency will update its USCIS Online Case Status search website.

Employ America Act - No H1B, EAD Renewal

New Sanders-Grassley-Harkin Amendment is introduced and it will be voted on US Senate very soon. If this amendment is passed, then majority of H1B Visa and EAD holders will not be able to renew their status and have to leave the country within 60 days. Immigration Voice is organizing a drive to kill this amendment.

RFE (Request for Evidence) on H-1B Visa Application - H1B 2010

The USCIS issues RFEs (Requests for Evidence) to H-1B visa petitions submitted by consulting companies and by those who are still searching for jobs. Last week we had an article, a 5 Page RFE on H-1B Application. To add to that, here is another RFE, which would be very difficult to submit answers to.

BMW vs H1B Visa : Guess Who Wins?

What happens if there is a race between BMW and H1B Visa? Guess who wins? There is a race of different kind but its related to H1B Visa and BMW Cars. This is one of the article that was created a buzz and lots of comments few years back.

Breaking News : H1B Cap for FY 2015 Reached

USCIS announced today that H1B Cap is Reached. Following is the New Alert from USCIS. H1B Cap - Reached H1B Cap Numbers - Not announced Lottery Date - Not Announced H1B Cap Reached U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) ...

Can I Still Apply for H1B Visa This Year - Aug, 2009?

It's already August 2009 but still many are posting comments like this: I just graduated with a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from a U.S. university this August. Can I apply for the H-1B visa NOW?? Or else when is the earliest time to do that?

H1B Visa : Case Received and Pending

It's good to see many applicants are getting their H-1B visa receipt numbers. However, the comments so far show that many still don't fully understand what 'Case Received and Pending' is. When your H-1B application is selected in the lottery, the U.S.

How to check H1B Visa Approval Status with EAC Receipt Number

It's great to know that many Happy Schools blog readers are getting their H-1B Visas through the random lottery selection. Congrats to everyone who got their H-1B Visa applications selected. I had received a few comments asking how to check H-1B Visa Status online using their EAC Receipt Number.

21 Companies Debarred from Applying H1B Visa

Department of Labor has debarred following 21 companies from applying to H1B Visa for certain period of time. Following is the list of 21 companies and the period of debarment and location. Following list is effective from Nov 30, 2009. You can consider the list as sort of blacklisted companies.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform 2010 vs H1B, Green Card, F1 Visa

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010 (CIR) was introduced in the Senate on September 29 by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Readers of this blog will be interested in provisions in the bill with respect to H1B Visa, L1 Visa, Green Card and Student F1 Visa reform provision in the Bill.

H1B vs H1B1 Visa Differences

What is the difference between H1B vs H1B1 Visa? H1B Visa H1B General Cap - 65,000 Masters Cap - 20,000 Cap Exempt H1B - No Limit Can apply for Green Card 1 to 3 Year Increments H1B1 Visa H1B1 - 1400 (Chile) H1B1 - 5400 -(Singapore) Cannot Apply for Green Card 1 Year Increments H1B1 Visa category was created by the Free Trade Agreements signed by USA with Singapore and Chile back in 2003.

Difference between EAC, WAC, SRC, LIN USCIS Receipt Numbers - H1B Visa

What are the first 3 letters (EAC, WAC, LIN, SRC) of H-1B receipt numbers mean? Question 1: I have applied for my H-1B visa this March through a consultant. But when I asked them on June 2, 2008, they told me that still a few more days are required to publish the results.

Easiest Way to Get H1B Visa

Today afternoon I received an email from a reader asking contact details for consultants who would sponsor H1B Visa. I'm studying MS- Regulatory affairs. Can you please give the details of H1B consultants for pharma/Biotech/clinical industry. Please Few months back same person asked about university selection (I guess for Spring semester) and I thought he should have to come US ...

F1 to H1B Change of Status - Explained

An F-1 to H-1B visa transfer process is an easy one provided you have a job and an employer who is willing to apply for your H-1B visa. Three years back, one of my friends had applied for an F-1 to H-1B transfer just 2 days before October 1 and he got his H-1B visa.

Get H-1B Receipt Number By Calling USCIS?

Thanks Selam for posting this comment on how to get H-1B Receipt Number by calling USCIS. The problem here is that not all employers will be willing to do the steps described below. I called 1-800-375-5283 and chose option 1 (for English), Choose option 2 (for check status of Application), Next, select option 3 (for lost H1B receipt number) You ...

H-1B Receipt Number = 100% Approval Guaranteed?

The H-1B 2010 season is on its way. Still, a majority of the applications are yet to have their receipt numbers. If you happen to read the comments in some of the H-1B Visa 2010 related discussions going on here at HSB, you will see that first time H-1B visa applicants are quite happy because there will be no lottery ...

H-1B 2010 - Cap Count Update - Sept. 19, 2009

As of September 18, 2009, approximately 46,000 H-1B cap-subject petitions and around 20,000 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption had been filed. The USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits, taking into account the fact that some of ...

H1B 2010 Cap Count Update - Table

Tracker for H1B Visa Cap count updates from USCIS for FY 2010. H1B Application Start Date : April 1, 2009 Cap : 65,000 Regular Advanced : 20,000 Numbers listed below are approximate numbers from USCIS. Visit this page frequently for latest updates. USCIS published the count weekly. Did you apply for H1B Visa?

H-1B 2010 - Latest Cap Count News - Aug. 7, 2009

The USCIS will deny or revoke all petitions filed by an employer for the same H-1B worker if more than one filing is discovered. If multiple petitions are found, whether one or more such petitions are approved, the USCIS will encode all those duplicative petitions, retain all fees, and either deny the petitions or, if a petition had been previously ...

H-1B 2010 - Regular Processing Receipt Numbers

Most of the readers following H-1B Visa 2010 related updates here at HSB have applied for H-1B approval through regular processing (or normal processing). Most of their comments right now pertain to the need to find when will they get their receipt numbers. Here is the email from one of our readers.

H1B 2013 Cap Acceptance by USCIS - Post Mark Date or Received Date?

Answering the comment from Vishal on when USCIS would consider H1B 2013 Cap petition as Accepted (and complete). I don't recall for sure if USCIS used to consider the petitions received in 5 business days or petitions postmarked in the 5 business days.

H1B Application Checklist from USCIS for New Petition

USCIS have published a checklist for filing form I-129 under H1B 2013 Quota. Immigration Attorney filing your H-1B Visa petition will be using the following checklist to make sure your I-129 form is completed without errors. H1B Visa checklist should give an idea about the documents that an attorney should submit on time along with H1B Visa filing fees.

Q&A - H1B 2014 and STEM OPT Extension (Video)

I'm a regular reader of HSB and I must say that you are doing a great service to the aspiring students who intend to study and work in the US I'm writing this e-mail on behalf of my son who has completed his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering with Computer Science as Minor from California State University, San Jose USA .