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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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What is a L-1 Intracompany Transferee Visa?

Posted by Michael Pollak on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 @ 7:00 AM

Immigration attorney Karen-Lee Pollak explains how to work in the United States with an L-1 visa.

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Non Immigrant Visas | USCIS Revises Form I-129

Posted by Karen Pollak on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 @ 3:39 PM

USCIS has revised the Form I-129, which employers use to petition for temporary workers in a variety of nonimmigrant visa classifications including H-1B professionals, L-1 inter-company transfeees and E-2 investors. The revised version of the form will be published on the same day that the final fee rule becomes effective: November 23, 2010. Once the revised version of the Form I-129 is published, USCIS will accept previous editions of the form for 30 days or until December 21, 2010.

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US Immigration Basics for South Africans | Nonimmigrant Visas (Part 2)

Posted by Karen Pollak on Thu, Sep 09, 2010 @ 4:33 PM

What is a Temporary (Nonimmigrant) Visa?

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Alternative Visa Options Once H-1B Cap Is Reached

Posted by Michael Pollak on Sat, Feb 27, 2010 @ 8:45 AM

IMPACT OF THE EARLY CUT-OFF OF H-1B VISAS

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