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Laid Off H-1B Meta Workers Scramble for Solutions

Nov 15, 2022

When Meta laid off 13% of its work force this month, many of those 11,000 employees had their H-1B visas rendered invalid.  They now have two months to either find another job under H-1B status, apply for a different visa, or leave the country.  Some were traveling abroad at the time and cannot legally return […]

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Who is Really Smuggling Fentanyl into the United States?  Not Immigrants, Documented or Not

Nov 7, 2022

The opioid crisis in the United States continues to claim lives every day, and a primary culprit of the mortality rate of this crisis is fentanyl.  Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 100 times more potent than morphine, classified as a Schedule II substance.  While it can be prescribed under close medical supervision to patients with […]

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H-1B Education Issue Red Flags to Eliminate from your Petition

Oct 21, 2022

A perennial RFE issue for H-1B beneficiaries is mismatched education.  This is an easy trap to fall into, and one that you can fall into in multiple ways, occurring when the beneficiary’s education is anything but a bachelor’s degree or higher from a US accredited academic institution with a major that is an exact match […]

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H-1B Case Study: How to Beat the Triple Threat RFE

Oct 7, 2022

One glaring problem in an H-1B petition can quickly escalate into a complex, timely, and costly ordeal.  The Triple Threat RFE can be triggered when USCIS sees one red flag which leads to your petition being scrutinized until every little thing becomes an issue – or in this case wage level, specialty occupation and education.  […]

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USCIS Rolls Out Phase III of Premium Processing Expansion

Sep 29, 2022

Earlier this year, USCIS announced that steps would be taken to increase visa processing efficiency, reduce wait times for petitioners, and generally reduce the overburdened legal immigration system.  As part of this plan, USCIS has committed to expanding eligibility for premium processing over the course of 2022 to include the following petitions: Additional Form I-140 […]

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How to Meet EB-2 Educational Requirements

Sep 7, 2022

The EB-2 and EB-3, two employment-based visas, are the most sought-after visas.  This year, there were extra employment-based visas rolled over from unused family-based visas from the COVID-19 Pandemic due to worldwide embassy closures. EB-2 visas carry an advanced degree requirement, meaning the beneficiary must hold a US master’s degree or higher or its equivalent.  […]

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H-1B News: No Second Lottery for FY2023

Aug 29, 2022

In total, around 484,000 H-1B electronic registrations were submitted and 127,600 were selected in the lottery in March of 2022.  Those selected were invited to submit complete H-1B petitions.  USCIS selects a buffer number of extra registrations to account for those who opt to not submit petitions and those whose applications are denied.  Last year, […]

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How to Get Your H-1B Visa Approved with NO COLLEGE

Aug 10, 2022

One of the main H-1B eligibility requirements is that beneficiaries hold a bachelor’s degree or higher or its equivalent in the field of the H-1B job.  However, highly skilled individuals often have non-traditional educational pathways and many qualified hires do not have any college credit at all. Does this mean no chance at a visa?  […]

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Responding to the Triple RFE

Jul 29, 2022

While RFE rates have declined from recent highs, H-1B applicants are still running into trouble with regards to specialty occupation, wage level, and employer-employee relationship.  That is because these three eligibility requirements are still under attack with proposed rule changes to restrict them.  In the past, USCIS has been caught and convicted of illegally rejecting […]

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