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
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
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
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 ?
This week, the Department of State released the September Visa bulletin, which is the last visa bulletin for this fiscal year and all of the dates remained the same as the August bulletin. Often the September bulletin will contain retrogression of some categories as visa numbers are used up near the end of the fiscal… Continue reading September Visa Bulletin
The USCIS recently updated its Policy Manual (think internal guide for adjudicating petitions) to expand opportunities for STEM workers to obtain O visas. If you have an employee that was not selected in the H-1b lottery and is running out of STEM OPT time, you may want to consider an O petition as opposed to… Continue reading Qualify for an O visa ?
In stark contrast to the Trump Administration, the Biden Administration has developed a number of immigration related initiatives to encourage opportunities for STEM workers. The American Immigration Council has compiled some information and created a nice FAQ outlining these initiatives. Check them out here.
The Department of State (DOS) released the August Visa Bulletin this past week and there was virtually no forward movement in the Final Action Date chart. Only EB3 China and EB3 India moved and they each moved forward only 1 month. But, on a positive note, all other categories held steady in this, the next… Continue reading August Visa Bulletin
The USCIS is devoting a lot of resources to adjudicate as many employment based I-485 cases as possible this fiscal year. They have recently published an FAQ to provide suggestions for applicants with pending I-485 cases to insure that they are timely adjudicated. These hints include: not filing a new I-485, not mailing medical exams… Continue reading Get Your GC This Year !
The Department of State (DOS) has released the July Visa Bulletin and very little changed. On the Final Action Date chart, EB2 for India moved forward 2 mos. and for China 1 mo. All other categories stayed the same. There was limited movement in the Dates for Filing chart but, the USCIS is not honoring… Continue reading July Visa Bulletin
As immigration backlogs grow and the competition for talent increases, there is a growing coalition of technology companies and others such as AILA and the US Chamber of Commerce who are advocating on behalf of children turning 21 and and ageing out of their parent’s green card applications. A letter was recently sent to the… Continue reading Help for Age-Out Children?