Attention: File H-1B Visas Early

On April 1st the 2016 H-1B cap will open. As the economic conditions continue to improve the demand for H-1B visas will likely vastly exceed the available supply.  Last year, over 172,000 cap subject H-1B petitions were filed in the first week of April, which lead to a series of lotteries to determine which petitions would be …

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MBBP Immigration Alert: 2015 H-1B Cap to Open on April 1st

Given improving economic conditions and increased hiring, we anticipate that demand for the limited number of H-1B visas will again this year vastly exceed supply. Last April, over 130,000 cap subject H-1B petitions were filed with the USCIS in the first week of April, and USCIS held a lottery to determine which petitions would be …

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MBBP Immigration Event: Alternatives to H-1B Visas

On Thursday, May 9th MBBP is hosting a complimentary immigration event on the topic of "Alternatives to H-1B Visas". With the economy steadily improving, over the past two years the H-1B cap has been reached very quickly. The most recent year, it was reached in approximately two months. This timely event will provide an overview …

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MBBP Immigration Alert: H-1B Cap for 2013 Reached and Further Retrogression of Employment-based Immigrant Visa Availability in the Second Preference Category

FY 2013 Cap for H-1B Visas Reached On June 12, 2012, the Citizenship and Immigration Service ("CIS") announced that the “Regular” and “U.S. Master’s Degree” H-1B caps for the 2013 fiscal year had been reached on June 11, 2012. Any “Regular” or “U.S. Master’s Degree” cap subject H-1B cases received by the CIS after June …

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MBBP May Immigration Alert: H-1B Cap Update and Employment-based Immigrant Visa

MBBP has released a new Immigration Alert which discusses the possibility of the 2013 H-1B Visa Cap (both "regular" and "U.S. Master's") being reached by June as well as the cut-off dates for Employment-based Immigrant Visa for all countries. Our Alert also provides a link to an H-1B Cap Information chart which shows the USCIS updates and anticipated …

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Update on the H-1B Cap

As you are aware, the FY 2013 H-1B season opened on April 1st. The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services provides regular updates on the number of petitions that it has received. Recent updates indicate that the cap will very likely be reached faster than it has been in the past couple of years. You can …

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MBBP February Immigration Alert: 2013 H-1B Cap to Open on April 1st

By Donald Parker and John Gallini The H-1B visa is the standard working visa used by foreign nationals to work in the United States with a U.S. employer. The H-1B “specialty worker” visa is available only to foreign nationals who have obtained a job offer in a position that customarily requires someone with a Bachelor’s …

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Donald Parker to Speak at Columbia University

On April 1, 2011, Immigration Attorney Donald Parker will speak at Columbia University on behalf of the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO). Don will discuss employment-based statuses with a focus on H-1B1 and other non-immigrant statuses eligibility requirements and procedures, and a brief overview of Permanent Residency ("green card") status if time permits. The session will run …

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H-1B Cap Reached for 2011 Fiscal Year

By Donald Parker and John Gallini On January 27, 2011, the CIS announced that the H-1B cap for the 2011 fiscal year had been reached on January 26, 2011. Any H-1B cases received by the CIS after January 26, 2011 will be rejected and returned. The USCIS will place all cap-subject H-1B petitions that were …

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MBBP June 2010 Immigration Alert Discusses New Changes in US Immigration Policies

By Donald Parker and John Gallini Visa Fees Have Increased On June 4, 2010, the Department of State implemented increases in its nonimmigrant visa application fees. The fee increases are relatively minor for most temporary visas, with two exceptions: applications for K visas, which are for fiancé(e)s and spouses of U.S. citizens and their minor …

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