For foreign-born students desperate to stay in the United States, the University of Northern New Jersey seemed like the perfect solution: They did not have to go to class, but they could get coveted student visas and still work at their dream jobs.
In early April, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the agency received more than 236,000 petitions for H-1B visas during the annual filing period. This means, that once again the demand for high-skilled temporary foreign workers in the US is nearly three times higher than the 85,000 cap on H-1B visas mandated by the US Congress.
Like past many years, this year too the cap for H-1B work visas was reached within flat five days. The US government received sufficient number of applications within the first five working days in April for the H-1B work visas to meet the Congressional mandated cap of 65,000.
In the fruit and vegetable country around Seattle, farmworkers talk about smuggling fees as high as $8,500 per person and arduous, circuitous routes across the Mexican border. Under those conditions, thousands fewer are coming to work in the fields and farmers are desperate for more help.
The Wage and Hour Division maintains the list below of willful violator employers under the H-1B program.- For more information, please view Fact Sheet #62S: What is a willful violator employer?
"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS conducted a comprehensive fee review, after refining its cost accounting process, and determined that current fees do not recover the full costs of the services it provides.
The US government has reportedly indicted an Indian American couple for running an H-1B visa-for-sale scheme. According to a report in ComputerWorld, the fraund scheme is said to have generated about $20 million.
As you surely know, yesterday, USCIS announced that they have completed data entry. This usually means that your employer or attorney should expect a receipt notice to arrive within the next 10 days if you were selected. If it does not arrive by May 15th, the chances of selection are very low. The only way to know for sure that you were not selected is to receive the returned petition back in the mail. That usually doesn’t start happening until June and can continue into mid-July.
As many of you know, USCIS announced yesterday that the data entry process is complete for the H-1B visa lottery. As I have said before, we can still expect receipt notices for selected petitions to arrive in the mail over the next 9 to 10 days. I’ll be posting an update later today with information regarding any additional receipt notices that come in today’s mail.