Category archive: immigration

As in any big life change – be it the loss of a loved one or moving to a different continent – you will go through an adjustment period before settling into your new life. When you make the choice to move to a different country with a different culture and way of life, you…

Petitioning for an H1b visa with an advanced degree from somewhere outside of the United States? You’re going to need submit a detailed evaluation of your degree along with your transcripts. This evaluation needs to clearly spell out the value of your degree in terms of US academic standards, and that your degree is in…

The H1B visa is already one of the most popular visas, and demand continues to grow. Even though competition for these visas is fierce, it’s worth pursuing if you have long-term career goals in the United States. While short-term work and travel visas are great is you just want to take a peek around, an…

Just less than a decade ago, we were seeing about 4% of all H1B petitions submitted met with Requests for Evidence (RFE’s). Now, one in every four petitions submitted gets an RFE response. What happened? One big reason is the explosion in the number of petitions submitted every year. In the United States, jobs in…

So submitted your H-1B petition the first week of April, you made it through the lottery, the USCIS has reviewed your petition and sent an RFE. What do you do now? First off, don’t panic! This means your visa hasn’t been denied and you get a second chance to build a strong case for its…

Starting next month on May 26th, 2015, certain H-4 spouses of H-1B visa holders in the United States will be eligible to seek employment in the United States during their stay. These are the spouses of H-1B visa workers who seek lawful permanent resident status based on employment. A big reason H-1B workers decide to…

What seemed to be good new might actually be the undoing of the H-1B visa program.  A bill is currently going through Congress that would increase the number of annual H-1B visas to 110,000 from the current 65,000.  Anyone who has applied for an H-1B visa knows that the extra 45,000 visas will not be…

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…

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