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What is a “specialty occupation?

Introduction
The immigration law defines a specialty occupation as one that requires the attainment of a Bachelor’s or higher degree – or its equivalent – in a specialized field.

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International students face restrictions when getting jobs in US

For many international students, the struggle to find a job on campus and maintain enough hours to pay all mandatory expenses is one that is common and unwavering.

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USCIS to Require Biometrics for Certain Foreign Nationals Seeking a Change or Extension of Nonimmigrant Status

USCIS to Require Biometrics for Certain Foreign Nationals Seeking a Change or Extension of Nonimmigrant Status

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Restoring H-1B Status Following H-1B Petition Denial Without Travel Abroad

It is not a secret that the last several month have brought a great increase in the rate of RFEs and denials on H-1B petitions – mainly focusing on the specialty occupation and right to control issues. 

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Begin Preparing for the Upcoming H-1B Visa Lottery Today: Running Checklist FY 2020

Please keep in mind that during the last fiscal year USCIS began to focus on ensuring that H-1B visas were issued to the highest paid or highest skilled H-1B workers, per the President’s executive order “Buy American, Hire American.” With that being said it is important for employers and H-1B workers to discuss at length the salary to be provided commensurate with the H-1B worker’s skill level.

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USCIS to Publish Revised Form I-539 and New Form I-539A

We have revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status and will publish the revised form on our website on March 11, 2019. 

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Tech Companies Expand to Canada

Canada has been having success in attracting more high-tech companies and employees from the United States. This trend began in 2008 when such companies in the U.S.

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H-1B Filing Checklist

Thinking about filing a petition for a cap-subject H-1B in the visa lottery?  Here are some things you might need to include, depending on the specifics of the company and the prospective employee.

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Bill to Eliminate Per-Country Caps on Green Cards Re-Introduced

Prior to the government shutdown, it seemed that the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act might pass as an amendment to the spending package with strong bipartisan support.

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Mark Your Calendars: H-1B Fiscal Year 2020 Season Is Right Around the Corner

Want to hire a skilled foreign worker? Don't delay, act now!

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