H-1b Data from SIA

Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) has published an article filled with H-1b data in the context of heavy demand for IT talent. It notes the massive increase in H-1b registrations to almost 500,000 for this year’s H-1b lottery. At some point, hopefully Congress grasps that the lack of IT talent tin the US is a problem… Continue reading H-1b Data from SIA

Good News for IV in FY2023

The USCIS has published an FAQ on Immigrant Visa (green card) processing which provides great insights for what to expect in FY 2023. Among the highlights are: The USCIS and DOS combined to approve approximately 280,000 Immigrant Visas in FY 2022 exhausting all available visas. Both agencies deserve commendation for the effort made this past… Continue reading Good News for IV in FY2023

October Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) has released the October Visa Bulletin. This Visa Bulletin is the first of the new 2023 fiscal year. Unfortunately, it brings great disappointment to those in the India EB2 category as the dates have retrogressed from 12-1-2014 to 4-1-2012. All other categories either remained current or saw slight movement forward.… Continue reading October Visa Bulletin

All Employment-based IV for FY 2022 Used

As of Sept 7th, the USCIS has reported that all employment based immigrant visas (green cards) in the EB1 and EB2 categories allowed for FY 2022 have bene utilized. We will provide a further update when more news is available.

Improvements to PERM ?

The DOL recently announced a $7.2 million dollar investment to improve the PERM system. The improvements focus on the areas of cybersecurity and technology upgrades. Many of us would love to see some automation, particularly in the area of Prevailing Wage Determinations (PWDs) Why should it take 7 months to determine the correct occupation for… Continue reading Improvements to PERM ?

Mexican TN Visas

TN visas being issued to Mexican nationals will now be issued for 4 years instead of the previous 1 year. Refer to the DOS reciprocity table here. At the port of entry, the admission will remain limited to 3 years and will be noted on the I-94 card record.

New L-1 Guidance

The USCIS has announced that they have completed the L-1 section of the USCIS Policy Manual. The USCIS is in the midst of a multi-year process of transforming the Adjudicators Field Manual into the USCIS Policy Manual. The new L-1 section has no major substantive changes.