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The Differences Between the H1B Visa and H2B Visa

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Oct 10, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Here at Pollak PLLC, we are pleased to offer articles and videos to help you get the reliable, accurate and easy-to-understand information you need about various visa and immigration options (obviously we cannot provide specific legal advice, since that can only be done on a case-by-case basis after learning all of the details, factors, variables and so on).

As part of our commitment to educating and empowering you, here is a look at the differences between the H1B visa vs. the H2B visa. Looking at these two visa categories is particularly important in the current political climate, since they have both been in the headlines over the last several months — although for different reasons.

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Employment Authorization for Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders?

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, May 06, 2014 @ 11:06 AM

Today May , 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the publication of two proposed rules, including a rule to extend employment authorization to spouses of certain H-1B workers, and a proposal to enhance opportunities for certain groups of highly-skilled workers by removing obstacles to their remaining in the United States. It is hoped that Together these actions will help attract new businesses and new investment to the U.S. and ensure that the U.S. has the most skilled workforce in the world.

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USCIS Announces H-1B Lottery

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 @ 2:34 PM

USCIS announced on April 7 that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2015. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the advanced degree exemption.

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H-1B Visa Application Season Starts on April 1 2013

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Feb 04, 2013 @ 4:22 PM

On April 1, 2013, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) begins accepting H1-B visa applications for the 2014 fiscal year (which starts on October 1, 2013).   In 2008, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received approximately 163,000 petitions during the five-day filing period and conducted a random lottery to select the 65,000 petitions that would be eligible for processing.  In 2007, the USCIS reached its H-1B visa quota in one day.  Due to the slump in the economy, last year all H-1B visas were not taken until the end of June 2012.   While we cannot predict how quickly these visas will be taken, since the economy has picked up, we guesstimate that the cap will be reached well before June 2013.

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H-1B Cap Reached June 11 2012

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 @ 2:07 PM

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2013. Yesterday, June 11, 2012, was the final receipt date for new H-1B specialty occupation petitions requesting an employment start date in FY 2013.

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USCIS to Accept H-1B Petitions Beginning April 2, 2012

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 @ 5:33 PM

 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 cap on Monday April 2, 2012. Cases will be considered accepted on the date that USCIS takes possession of a properly filed petition with the correct fee. USCIS will not rely upon the date that the petition is postmarked.

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H-1B Visa Count (January 14, 2011) | 4300 Regular Cap Visas Remain

Posted by Karen Pollak on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 @ 9:50 AM

As of December, 24, 2010, the Master's exemption number for H-1B has been reached. For the regular H-1B cap, we are in the final stretch and expect the remaining 4300 H-1B visas to be used  in the next 2-3 weeks. It reflects the sluggish economy, the high unemployment (9.6%) and the tax uncertainty.

The good news is that you can still apply for the fiscal year 2011!

More information can be found at the USCIS H-1B Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Cap Season Page.

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H-1B Visa Count (November 5, 2010)

Posted by Karen Pollak on Wed, Nov 10, 2010 @ 3:52 PM

The Master's exemption number for H-1B is close to the quota (less than 3,800 remaining). For the regular H-1B cap, the rate remains around 1,200 new petitions per week.  It reflects the sluggish economy, the high unemployment (9.6%) and the tax uncertainty.

The good news is that you can still apply for the fiscal year 2011! It is also possible that we can see before the hollidays and after the elections a surge in H1-B applications.

More information can be found at the USCIS H-1B Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Cap Season Page.

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H-1B Visa Count (September 17, 2010)

Posted by Karen Pollak on Wed, Sep 22, 2010 @ 10:02 PM

Here is the latest H-1B cap count released (Septemer 17, 2010).  More information can be found at the USCIS H-1B Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Cap Season Page.

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H-1B Visa Count (August 27, 2010)

Posted by Karen Pollak on Sun, Sep 05, 2010 @ 10:27 PM

Here is the latest H-1B cap count released (August 27, 2010).  More information can be found at the USCIS H-1B Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Cap Season Page.

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