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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 proces…
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HISC Editor John Robert Egan's post on the H-1B Visa Lottery was featured on Tech Hui, Hawaii's high tech online networking community website. Half of all applicants were disappointed as the quota of 85,000 available visas were divided among over 172,000…Continue
Pro-immigration reform advocates are pointing to a new report showing that more foreign students studying in American colleges and universities are pursuing…Continue
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
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U.S. Government data show continued growth in the number of international students enrolled in U.S. schools. The largest numbers are coming from Asia, and many are studying in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. See the report here: http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1408/140805washingtondc.htm
Posted by John Robert Egan on August 6, 2014 at 10:34am
The Wall Street Journal explains the scarcity issue generated by the numerical limit on H-1B visas. There are just too few available for the number of qualified job seekers, including graduates from the United States' best universities and colleges. In another WSJ article a researcher at Tuck University claims the policy of turning away qualified immigrants is costing the United States a new job every 43 seconds. Time to rethink, I would say.
Posted by John Robert Egan on April 3, 2014 at 11:32am
Here's an interesting fact that any local Immigration Lawyer can easily confirm: Hawaii has the highest percentage, by far, of mixed race families of any state in the U.S. We see this in the large numbers of mixed marriages that we assist with getting spouse visas, and it is one of the most interesting and fun parts of our work.
Due in part to the large number of Hawaii families with strong ongoing ties to Asia, we also see strong diversity among our military families. Far from a social stigma, in Hawaii we celebrate our hapa keiki. If Brazilian novelist Jorge Amado is correct, the human race will be medium brown in a few generations, and we'll likely be better off for it.
Posted by John Robert Egan on March 27, 2014 at 6:13pm
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.
Don't delay, start planning today!
Posted by John Robert Egan on January 16, 2014 at 12:43pm
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.