H-1B: Professional Workers

H-1B FY2016 Petitions Crash Through Cap

USCIS Receives 233,000 H-1B Petitions for FY2016 vs. 65,000 Statutory Cap U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7, 2015 that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2016. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed… Read more »

USCIS Announces Limited Relief for H-4 Spouses

Today USCIS announced relief for a limited number of H-4 spouses who are awaiting the ability to work in the U.S. Our reading of the announcement is that there are 2 groups of H-4 spouses who will benefit: H-4 visa holders whose spouse has an approved I-140 petition for permanent residence H-4 visa holders whose… Read more »

H-1B Public Access Files: A Nuisance but Necessary

A tale from the immigration trenches Unfortunately, busy employers often look at the mandatory Public Access File requirement for the H-1B employee as a bit of a nuisance and something they will get to “later.” It requires the inclusion of several documents that relate to salary, working conditions, benefits, etc., some of which the employer… Read more »

H-1B Cap: Is the Senate’s Approach Sufficient?

The recently released Senate immigration bill (S. 744) seems to somewhat understand the need for increased H-1B visa numbers but does not go far enough. As occurred this year, the cap of 65,000 (plus 20,000 for Masters degree individuals) H-1B visas was used up in a frustratingly short period of time. Within the first week… Read more »