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H-1B visas: Companies that got the highest foreign labour certifications in Q1 2019

Recently the US Department of Labour released the latest H-1B visa statistics for the first quarter of the financial year 2019.

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Premium Processing to Resume for All H-1B Petitions Filed on or Before December 21, 2018

USCIS will resume premium processing services on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 for all pending H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018.  Employers who wish to upgrade eligible cases to 15-day processing can file Form I-907 and the $1,410 premium fee. 

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H1B visa violation: US company asked to pay $43K in back wages to ex-employee

An order in this regard against the Minneapolis-based TLC Precision Wafer Technologies was issued by the US Department of Labour after the completion of an investigation by its Wage and Hour Division (WHD).

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Most Common H1B RFE Reasons

The H1B visa is a temporary visa that is granted to non-immigrants with specialty occupation. People who are awarded this particular visa are employed in positions that require highly specialized skills and knowledge.

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New Rule Amending H-1B Lottery Selection Process Effective April 1, 2019

On January 30, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule revising the random selection process (commonly referred to as the annual “H-1B Lottery”) by which the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

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Third-Party Placement for H-1B Beneficiaries Sees Increased Scrutiny as Cap Deadline Nears

With April 1, 2019 and the H-1B cap deadline quickly approaching, employers seeking to use H-1B workers in third-party worksite arrangements will likely continue to see increased scrutiny from USCIS. 

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How to Handle Specialty Occupation H-1B RFEs?

The specialty occupation issue is not new.   One of the explicit requirements for each H-1B petition is that the petitioner prove that the offered position is “specialty occupation” 

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H-1B: Bills introduced in House, Senate to ax per-country green card limits

Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on Thursday introduced matching bills that would throw out per-country limits on employment-based green cards.

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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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