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On the first Monday of each month, MigrationCounsel hosts informal Q & A sessions for international students and others to answer their questions about U.S. immigration law, including the process…
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While Hawaii seems to be lagging in attracting International Students, the trend across the U.S. is towards sharply increasing enrollments. Why? April Xiaoyu Xu gives her reasons in…Continue
The New York Times is talking about prospects for International Students to gain some certainty in their post graduation career options through the immigration reform package moving through Congress this summer. The article is here be sure to view the video…Continue
Following the Boston Marathon bombing last month, the U.S, Customs and Border Protection has begun to check student visas more carefully. According to a story in the New York Times, it appears that an international student is suspected of assisting or enabling the bombers, and was allowed re-entry to the U.S. even though he may not…Continue
The Economist has a cogent view of the current year's H-1B visa frenzy. In the April 6, 2013, edition they say this epic mismatch of demand and supply is a result of a program quota that is "entirely arbitrary and unnecessary, and almost certainly imposes high economic costs on the country." We have heard from…Continue
John Egan's commentary on the impact newly proposed immigration reforms will have on Hawaii's economy was recently published in the Pacific Business News. International graduates are an important resource for Hawaii's economy, bringing highly skilled and motivated applicants into the local job…Continue
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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service will begin accepting applications for H-1B visas on April 1, 2014. These visas are for employment beginning on October 1, 2014, which is the beginning of the Federal fiscal calendar. If you are thinking about getting an H-1B working visa this year you need to get moving now, as we expect the demand to be even higher this year than last.
Last year H-1B visas were all gone within the first week of filing season, as the cap of 65,000 visas for "regular" applications (minimum bachelors' degree) and 20,000 (masters' degree or higher) was met by more and earlier applications than during the recession. With business looking up and hiring slowly but steadily increasing, we expect a similar quick season for H-1B applicants this year. That means to even have a chance at a visa this year your application will need to be at the USCIS no later than April 1.
If you need help learning exactly what is needed and how it works, MigrationCounsel.com has resources available, for example our Migration Mondays workshops, and plentiful useful information on our website.
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Posted by John Robert Egan on January 16, 2014 at 12:43pm
Posted by John Robert Egan on November 28, 2013 at 10:00pm
The Washington Post nails the post-graduation problem facing International Students. We badly need Immigration Reform, but prospects are not looking good for the current Legislative calendar year in Washington, D.C.:
Posted by John Robert Egan on November 21, 2013 at 9:05am
Infosys, a large multi-national technology services company based in India, has agreed to pay $34 million dollars to settle charges that it mis-used the U.S. visa system in hiring and deploying foreign technology workers in the United States. The New York Times reports that this is the largest ever settlement in a visa fraud case. Infosys denied allegations of visa abuse, but agreed to make the payment, and has revised its visa practices since the case arose.
Technology jobs make up a large part of the foreign workforce applying for employment visas each year, and the total number of visas in this category is currently limited by a quota of 85,000. Large-scale abuse of the employment visas system has undermined efforts to reform the quota and expand opportunities for foreign graduates.
Posted by John Robert Egan on October 30, 2013 at 1:09pm
Hi all,I think my case is quite unfortunate. I'd like to bring it up here so other international students are aware.I am on first-year H-1B from a cap-exempt university(A) and received a job offer…Continue
Started by Amanda H. Last reply by Amanda H Apr 19, 2013.
By now everybody who is interested in H-1B visas knows that the USCIS has closed applications for this year, having received enough applications to use up the entire quota by June 11, 2012. This…Continue
Started by John Robert Egan. Last reply by Amanda H Apr 16, 2013.
On Thursday, September 20, 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives voted down a proposed law that would provide additional visas to international students graduating from U.S. universities with…Continue
Started by John Robert Egan Sep 23, 2012.
I have a question about H1b holder. Some of the international students may be offered a full time job while they are still in their academic program. Company usually wants to have the student quit…Continue
Started by Alyx Yu. Last reply by John Robert Egan Feb 27, 2011.