The Congressional Research Service published a report on the various immigration options for international healthcare workers.
Category: Visas – H-1b, L-1, E, O, TN
H-1b Lottery Numbers
The USCIS has released data that shows almost 800,000 registrations were submitted in the FY 2024 lottery for the 85,000 H-1b visas available. The numbers reflect a 15% selection rate. It was revealed that over 400,000 persons submitted multiple registrations. In what may be the understatement of the year, the USCIS indicated that the numbers… Continue reading H-1b Lottery Numbers
IT Staffing Firm Fined $9.9M
An IT Staffing firm has been fined $9.9 million for its use of B visas instead of H-1b work visas. The charges were brought under the False Claims Act. Check out the full story here.
Victory for H-4 EAD Holders
A Federal District Court judge ruled in favor of H-4 EAD holders ruling that an Obama era H-4 EAD rule was not issued in violation of the law.
H-1b Cap Lottery Ends
The USCIS has announced that it has completed its selection process and all registrant records have been updated. Reports from immigration attorneys and large users indicate a very disappointing selection rate with most reporting under 15%. We expect that the USCIS will release final numbers in the near future. Filings can start April 1 and… Continue reading H-1b Cap Lottery Ends
COVID 60 Day Rule Ends
USCIS notices requiring responses such as RFE’s, NOID’s, NOIR’s, etc issued as of March 23, 2023, no longer enjoy the extra 60 days being afforded under the COVID flexibility policies that have been in place since 2020.
Canada Takes Action Is the U.S. Listening ?
At a time when the U.S. is getting ready to tell thousands of international U.S. grads that they need to leave the U.S. as a result of not being chosen in the archaic H-1b lottery, Canada has announced the extension of work permits for its body of international graduates. Given the political climate in the… Continue reading Canada Takes Action Is the U.S. Listening ?
H-1b Cap Lottery Details
The USCIS maintains an excellent web-page providing details regarding the H-1b cap lottery registration process
HNM Webinar Recording Available
A recording of the Feb 7th HNM webinar on the H-1b cap lottery is available for clients. To receive a password, reach out to your HNM attorney.
H-1b Lottery Details
The USCIS has officially announced that the H-1b lottery registration period will open at noon on March 1, 2023 and end at noon on March 17th. Don’t forget the HNM H-1b lottery webinar on Feb 7th.
COVID Relief Extended……. Again
Once again, the USCIS has announced an additional 60 days extension to respond to certain notices such as RFE’s, NOID’s, appeals, etc due to the COVID pandemic. This latest (and hopefully last) covers notices received through March 23, 2023.