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The H-1B Visa and the Cap Gap Extension

Are you an F-1 student who was granted a change of status to H-1B? If so, it is important that you know about the cap gap and the cap gap extension, as it can affect your legal status in the United States.

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Beware of Scams Targeting Students

Recently, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) became aware that scammers are targeting international students in the Chicago area in an attempt to solicit funds on behalf of the I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Fee.

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The Takeaway: How California plans to rein in H-1B visa use

The state of California is stepping up to try and slow the use of foreign workers with legislation that targets state utilities.

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Top 10 OPT RFE Reasons

What is Request for Evidence?

USCIS: A request for evidence is made when an application/petition is lacking required documentation/evidence (initial evidence) or the officer needs more documentation/evidence (additional evidence) to determine an applicant's eligibility for the benefit sought.

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Crackdown on for-profit colleges

After years of challenges, the Obama administration’s crackdown on for-profit colleges will go into effect Wednesday.

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Investigation Of H-1b Abuses Intensify

At the request of Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, the Obama administration has expanded its investigation of the H-1b visa program, the same one companies are reportedly using to displace American workers.

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Foreign Grad-School Applications Rise, Driven by Indian Candidates

International applications to U.S. graduate schools rose 2% this year, driven by double-digit growth from Indian candidates and interest in science and engineering programs but tempered by declining demand from Chinese prospects.

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Federal investigation of H-1B visa program Passed

Amid widespread criticism of large corporations such as Southern California Edison and Disney World’s decision to outsource jobs in California and throughout the country, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy, moved forward with an Assembly Joint Resolution 12 (AJR 12) seeking a federal investigation of the H-1B visa program.

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H4 visa holders start to get EAD work permits from USCIS

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has been prompt in responding to applications filed by certain qualified H4 visa holders for Employment Authorizations Cards (EAD), also known as work permits.

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Laid Off Employees forced to Train Foreign-Worker Replacements

In a continuation of a troubling trend, a Florida based company was found to be replacing American IT workers with foreign-workers this week. Catalina Marketing has replaced about 50 IT workers in favor of H-1B visa holders from one of the largest outsourcing firms used by companies in the U.S., Mindtree.

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