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USCIS Starts Accepting H-1B Visa Applications on April 1, 2012

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Feb 07, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

On April 1, 2012, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) starts accepting H-1B visa applications for the 2013 fiscal year (which starts on October 1, 2012).

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US Immigration | Non-Immigrant Visas

Posted by Karen Pollak on Mon, Jun 13, 2011 @ 11:14 PM

This is the second part of a four part series on immigrating to the United States that will be appearing in BusinessBrief Magazine. BusinessBrief is a South African business management Magazine that provides the decision makers in business with the information they need to make better business decisions.

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Drop in Demand for H-1B Visas in 2011

Posted by Karen Pollak on Fri, May 20, 2011 @ 7:08 AM

Demand for H-1B visas have dropped by more than 50 percent when the numbers are compared for April 2010 and April 2011, according to figures cited by the Wall Street Journal. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received just 8,000 employer petitions for H-1B visas in April 2011, compared with roughly 16,500 petitions in April 2010 and 45,000 in April 2009.

The H-1B program allows US employers to sponsor highly skilled foreign-born workers for employment in the United States for up to six years.

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MAKING THE H-1B VISA QUOTA For FY 2012

Posted by Karen Pollak on Mon, Apr 04, 2011 @ 8:40 AM

On April 1, 2011, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) began accepting H-1B visa applications for the 2012 fiscal year (which starts on October 1, 2011).  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 H1-B visa quota in one day.  Due to the slump in the economy, last year was the first year where all H-1B visas were not taken until the end of January 2011.

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New Rule Could Save U.S. Businesses on H-1B Visa Fees

Posted by Karen Pollak on Thu, Mar 03, 2011 @ 8:51 PM
WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is publishing a proposed rule that could save U.S. businesses more than $23 million over the next 10 years by establishing an advance registration process for U.S. employers seeking to file H-1B petitions for foreign workers in specialty occupations. The proposed electronic system would minimize administrative burdens and expenses related to the H-1B petition process—including reducing the need for employers to submit petitions for which visas would not be available under the statutory visa cap.

USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas today announced the opening of a 60-day comment period that will allow businesses and the general public to provide input on the proposed system in order to ensure it best meets the needs of employers that rely on H-1B visas to bring in foreign workers for specialty occupations. 

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GAO Recommendations on H-1B Visa Program

Posted by Karen Pollak on Fri, Jan 21, 2011 @ 8:00 AM

About The Study

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New Countries Eligible to Participate in 2011 H-2A and H-2B Programs

Posted by Karen Pollak on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 @ 9:00 AM

WASHINGTON— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State, has identified 53 countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B programs for the coming year.

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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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Making the H1-B Visa Quota - The Cut-off

Posted by Michael Pollak on Sat, Aug 01, 2009 @ 1:07 PM

Making the H1-B Visa Cut-off for Fiscal Year 2009

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