H-1B Facing Reforms Following Buy American Hire American Executive Order

On April 18, President Trump issued an executive order, “Buy American and Hire American,” in which he expressed a desire to overhaul the current H-1B program which grants visas to highly-skilled foreign workers who seek employment in specialized fields. The order, though not specific in details, works in two parts: The first part, Buy American, mandates that a certain amount [...]

By |2017-05-09T15:59:27-07:00May 9, 2017|

H-1B Cap Random Selection Completed for FY 2018

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced this week that the agency has completed its selection process for the H-1B petitions it received for Fiscal Year 2018. The lottery, a computer-generated random selection process, was completed on April 11 after the agency received approximately 199,000 H-1B petitions during its filing period, which began on April 3. The agency received well [...]

By |2017-06-19T14:05:40-07:00April 20, 2017|

Alternatives to the H-1B visa

Last week, I participated in a panel discussion on immigration reform at Techstars Boulder, a mentorship-driven seed stage investment program that assists fledgling technology companies to get the guidance and support to go to another level of success. And when these start-up firms succeed, high-paying U.S. jobs are created that can have a ripple effect throughout the community. The event [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:07:09-07:00April 30, 2014|

H-1B Visa Strategies Help Firms Expand Technical Workforce

Applications accepted April 1 When companies have difficulty filling specialized positions, applying for an H-1B visa to temporarily employ a highly skilled foreign professional is a smart and practical solution. The visa, created in 1952, allows a foreign worker who has theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields like math, engineering, medicine and computer programming to work for a U.S. [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:07:11-07:00February 11, 2014|

H-1B Season is Here!

As a reminder, the H-1B visa is for professional workers coming to work in specialty occupations.  Congress only allocates 65,000 visas per year and an additional 20,000 for individuals with an advanced degree from a U.S. University who have not previously been counted against the cap.  The H-1B is often the visa of choice for companies hiring new professional employees, [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:07:15-07:00March 5, 2013|

USCIS Releases Cap Count For H-1B Visas

USCIS Announces that H-1B Cap Reached for Fiscal Year 2013 (Updated June 12, 2012) On June 12, 2012, USCIS announced that they had reached the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2013 beginning on October 1, 2012.  The service announced that they had received a sufficient number of H-1B applications as of June 11, and would not accept any additional applications.  [...]

By |2014-02-05T23:06:56-07:00June 22, 2012|

H-1B Visa Season is Here!

H-1B Visa Season is Here! Applications for H-1B visas will be accepted beginning on Monday, April 2, 2012, and as you are aware, there are only a limited number of H-1B visas available each year, and in recent years, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service has received more than enough applications on April 1 to meet the quota for the [...]

By |2014-02-05T23:06:56-07:00April 1, 2012|