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It’s looking like a good year for immigration reform in the United States.  Only 18% of Americans still hold onto the belief that undocumented immigrants should be deported, according to Pew.  Republicans and Democrats both generally endorse immigration reform platforms including pathways to naturalization and citizenship for illegal immigrants.  There is even the possibility that…

If you’re a non-US citizen working in the United States on a visa, at some point during your stay you’ll likely be confronted about job stealing. It’s a well-propagated and widely-held belief that immigrants steal jobs away from American citizens.  It’s completely false.  First off, nearly all economists agree that immigration is actually great for…

It’s not too late to get your H-1B petition filed in time to get into the lottery. The USCIS is required to continue to accept petitions for five days before closing for the year, so you’ve still got a couple days if you act fast. And if you’re going for it, you’ve got to make…

If you’ll be filing an H-1B petition for the fiscal year of 2016, you’re probably well aware that April First is tomorrow, and I’m not talking about April Fool’s Day.  If this year is anything like that past several years, your window to file your H-1B petition is small and you want to have it…

Don’t send in your H-1B petition without double-checking the details. You only get this one opportunity to prove to the USCIS that you deserve your visa for the fiscal year of 2016. It’s taken a lot of time, money, and effort to get your visa petition together. Don’t just send it out without making sure…

Guess what next week is? April First! That means you’ve got a week to finish getting your H-1B petition together and submitted to the USCIS. If last year was any indication of what’s to come next week, you’ll have a five business day window in which to submit your petition. The USCIS is required to…

Before you file your H1B petition, make sure you’ve done everything you need to do to clearly show the value of your credentials. Recently, the USCIS has required H1B petitioners to have degrees in the specific area of their field of employ. We all know that people get a bachelor’s degree in one thing and…

So you’ve got a US bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in a field related to your H1B occupation. You’re all set to submit your petition, right? Wrong! Just less than ten years ago, you could apply for an H1B visa with a degree in business for an accounting job and get approved. You could apply…

Not all that long ago, the USCIS and your employer had similar standards of what qualifies applicants for their H1B jobs: the necessary degree in a related field.  In recent years, the USCIS has changed their mind on this one, most likely due to the massive amount of H1B visa petitions that get filed annually…

Just less than a decade ago, to prove to the USCIS you are qualified for your H1B occupation, all you had to do was have the required degree in a field related to your field of employ. However, in recent years they have started requiring applicants to have a degree in the exact field of…

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