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USCIS: Rise In H-1B Petitions For Master’s Degree Holders Selected In FY 2020 Lottery

 USCIS has announced on Twitter that there was an 11% increase from FY 2019 in H-1B advanced degree petitions selected in the FY 2020 lottery.

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OPT CPT Blast Resume

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Questions from DSOs: When Can I Authorize a Student for a Reduced Course Load?

F and M students studying in the United States must enroll in a full course of study at a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified school. However, there may be times when students are unable to take a full course of study. In these instances, a principal designated school official (PDSO) or designated school official (DSO) may authorize a reduced course load (RCL).

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Study: H-1B denial rates are up by a wide margin

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    Denial rates for new employment H-1B petitions were 32% in the first quarter of FY 2019, a significant increase in the number of rejections seen in previous years, according to research from the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP). Between FY 2010 and FY 2015, the rate never exceeded 8%, NFAP said. The results are based on a study of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) data.

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Inability to Work Doesn’t Justify Expedited H-1B Order

A worker who was denied an H-1B visa when she changed employers didn’t prove to a federal judge that she’s facing the kind of economic harm that justifies the court’s immediate intervention.

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H-1B Program ‘Alive and Well,’ Latest Visa Lottery Results Show

The USCIS issued a regulation in January that changed the H-1B lottery to maximize the number of advanced-degree holders who get selected.

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USCIS begins issuing premium processing receipt notices for H-1B cap change-of-status petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has begun issuing the first batch of receipt notices for H-1B change-of-status petitions for fiscal year 2020 that requested premium processing at the time of filing.

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Increased Denial Rates for H-1B and L-1s

H-1B denial rates in the US are reaching high levels compared to previous years, and  L-1 visa applicants are facing challenges with renewals at the US/Canada border, according to recent reports. 

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H-1B: More than half the applications were candidates with a Master's degree or higher

More H-1B visa applications for workers with advanced degrees from U.S. colleges and universities were selected in the main lottery for the visa this year compared to last year, federal authorities said Tuesday.

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UT international students contribute millions to the U.S. economy, international education nonprofit says

During the 2017–18 academic school year, UT international students contributed $221.7 million to the U.S. economy, which helped support 3,160 jobs, according to the NAFSA: International Student Economic Value Tool.

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