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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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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New Release: MBBP December 2010 Immigration Alert

By Donald Parker and John Gallini Visa Waiver Program: ESTA Fees The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) was implemented in 1986 in order to allow travelers from certain countries to enter the U.S. for vacation or to attend business meetings without requiring a visa. To utilize the Visa Waiver for trips to the U.S., travelers must …

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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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When it Comes to Immigration, Does the Right Hand Always Know What the Left Hand Will Do?

By Donald W. Parker and John J. Gallini U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") is now trying to streamline a process made more complex by the U.S. Department of Labor ("USDOL"). A requirement for the filing of any H-1B visa petition is the advance receipt of a certified Labor Condition Application ("LCA") from the USDOL. …

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