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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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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
The Associated Press is reporting a financial settlement in favor of over 100 International Student workers in part-time jobs here in the U.S. Three companies were charged by the Department of Labor with overcharging for housing, failing to pay appropriate wages and other workplace condition violations. We have heard repeated stories, particularly involving J visas, of exploitation and employer misbehavior. Student worker who are concerned about their working conditions…Continue
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As most people are now aware, following the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing in April it was found that some friends of the suspected bombers had entered the U.S. on student visas that may have been invalid. This has triggered a closer inspection of international students at passport inspection stations at U.S. ports of entry. An article in the Yale Daily News provides an overview. International students should take care in checking their status and updating their paperwork with the International Student Services offices at their schools before traveling. As the saying says: Know before you go!
Posted by John Robert Egan on May 21, 2013 at 9:31am
In the fastest H-1B filing season since 2008, the H-1B quota was declared filled today, Friday, April 5, 2013, a mere five days after the opening of application season. The USCIS has posted its announcement HERE. This is bad news for employers and job seekers in the professional occupations visa category most used by international graduates. It is also the clearest statement possible about the completely inadequate system in place for managing this visa category. Let's hope the coming reform efforts in Washington, D.C. take this to heart.
Posted by John Robert Egan on April 5, 2013 at 11:35am
From the Brookings Institution's blog UpFront:
Today marks the first day U.S. employers can submit H-1B visa applications to the federal government for fiscal year 2014 (for visas beginning on October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014). Every year at the beginning of April, employers race for a limited number of H-1B visas available—currently set at 85,000, including 20,000 that are set aside for foreign graduates with advanced degrees from American universities. These visas are given on a first-come, first-served basis, resulting in this frenzy.
Posted by John Robert Egan on April 1, 2013 at 2:37pm
The USCIS has released its estimate for how long the current year visa quota will last before it will be closed for the year, and it is not good news for procrastinators and late-filers. According to a USCIS Alert dated 3/15/2013 it is anticipated at ALL of the available H-1B cap-subject visas, including both the 65,000 standard and the 20,000 masters degree set-aside, will be used by April 5, 2013. This reflects very high demand, but more importantly, underscores the need for filers to get their petitions delivered to the USCIS on April 1, or April 2. This can be a logistical challenge, because if your application arrives before April 1, it will be rejected. This narrow window is entirely a function of the outdated quota numbers and renewed demand.
Posted by John Robert Egan on March 19, 2013 at 9:30am
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.
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.
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.