Category Archives: H-1B Specialty Occupation & H-4 Dependent visas

  1. H-1B / LCA Fact Sheet

  2. USCIS Expected To Use All Available Employment Based Green Cards This Fiscal Year

    Last year USCIS came under heavy criticism for failing to issue all available employment-based green cards.  Due to the pandemic, most Consulates were closed or operating at a reduced capacity which meant that unused family-based visas rolled over into the employment-based green cards.  This was great news. Typically, there are 140,000 employment-based green cards available…

  3. OFLC To Implement New SOC Codes and Publish New Wages On July 1, 2022

    The Office of Foreign Labor certification (OFLC) is set to implement the 2018 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes on July 1, 2022. Any Labor condition applications (LCAs) submitted prior to July 1, 2022, will be adjudicated based on the 2010 SOC codes.  Any applications submitted after July 1, 2022, will be based on the new…

  4. Is An H-1B Amendment Really Required?

    So, you have been approved for an H-1B and without notice, the project you are working on suddenly comes to an end.  There is another project available, however, is it necessary for your employer to file an H-1B amendment before starting at the new location?  The answer is maybe. The regulations state that an H-1B…

  5. USCIS Extends Certain Employment Authorizations Up To 540 days 

    Rather than adjudicate cases faster USCIS is extending certain employment authorizations up to 540 days.  This is a clear sign that faster adjudication times are still a distant promise and further evidence that USCIS continues to be incompetent.  I remember the days when USCIS had a 90- day turn around policy for issuing EAD cards. …

  6. Not Selected In The H-1B Lottery? Is Day 1 CPT The Only Option?

    Prefer a Video Format? See the video below to learn more about this article?   It’s that time of year again when I find myself speaking to people who have not been selected in the lottery and need to consult with PLG to find out whether they have any other options.  The majority of people…

  7. H-1B Lottery FY2023- Frequently Asked Questions

      What is the H-1B lottery and how do I apply? An H-1B visa is a temporary form of work authorization and is available for those who intend to work in a specialty occupation.  A specialty occupation position is one that requires the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and…

  8. H-1B Update – FY2023 H-1B Season Approaching

    With each new year comes another H-1B lottery.  Although the registration won’t open until March, Employers and potential employees need to start thinking about the process early on to make sure they are prepared. In the two previous years, USCIS has used electronic registration as a way of conducting the lottery and will continue to…

  9. Why is my case taking so long? How to get your Immigration petition expedited with USCIS

    Since the pandemic began processing times have gone through the roof and continue to increase across for board for all immigration-related applications. USCIS claims it is understaffed, yet they are funded by fees, the majority of which have seen huge increases in the past few years.  For example, the premium processing fee increased from $1,410…

  10. Terminating An H-1B Employee. What Employers Need To Know

    Employers that hire H-1B employees need to be aware of their responsibilities when terminating an H-1B employee. When an employee comes to the US to work for an employer, they typically receive approval for 3 years.  This means they have an expectation of working for that employer for the full 3 years.  Of course, as…

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