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10 Tips to know about the March 2024 H-1B Registration Process

Posted by Pollak PLLC on Wed, Jan 31, 2024 @ 9:47 PM

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on January 30, 2024, that: 


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H-1B Cap Season is Here for Fiscal Year 2025. Are You Ready?

Posted by Pollak PLLC on Sat, Jan 20, 2024 @ 6:39 PM

It is H-1B Cap Season again for Fiscal Year 2025. Like in prior years, there will be a two-step process – the registration step and then, if the registration is selected in the H-1B cap lottery, the petition step. 

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Some Lessons from the Trenches To Help Success With H-1B Applications in 2020

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Jan 27, 2020 @ 7:00 AM

Can you believe that H-1B Season is upon us?   Each year, I say it seems like yesterday we filed last year’s H-1B Cap cases.  This year is particularly true as we have only recently received all decisions on April 2019 H-1B Cap Cases.  USCIS issued the most requests for evidence and denials it has ever issued on H-1B Cap cases.  In fact, USCIS has stated that it issued requests for evidence in 70 percent of the H-1B Cap cases filed.  So, what have we learned?

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New Registration Procedures for H-1B Season Start on March 1, 2020

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Jan 20, 2020 @ 7:15 PM

On January 9, 2020, Department of Homeland Security published a notice in the Federal Register to formally announce implementation of a new H-1B registration process. 

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Karen-Lee Pollak Quoted in TechHQ About H-1B Restrictions Motivating Tech Talent to Move to Canada

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, May 17, 2018 @ 11:46 AM

H-1B visas are becoming harder to get, forcing local businesses to set up shop in Canada - who has a more friendly program for tech and high skilled workers.

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H-1B Visa Alternatives: A Closer Look

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 @ 2:30 PM

Understanding legal terminology can be one of the biggest hurdles a prospective immigrant faces when seeking to come to the U.S. Indeed, with all the abbreviations, special clauses, and minute differences between the various types of work visas, it can be incredibly difficult to keep track of what would work best for you in your situation. Fortunately, here’s a guide to some of the more common non-immigrant work visas and how they differ from and may be an alternative to the H1-B visa.  

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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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