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H1-B Visa Insight

Round up on H-1B Visa Application, Lawyers, Reforms, Transfers etc.

USCIS Completes Lottery

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

USCIS informed us that it conducted the H1B lottery for both the US Masters quota and the H1B general quota yesterday. The USCIS had labeled each of the approximately 163,000 H1b applications received with unique numerical identifiers for purposes of the H1b lottery. The US Masters degree quota was run first (approximately 31,200 cases filed under this classification with only 20,000 slots available). Any H1B applications filed under the US Masters degree quota that were not chosen were then added to the general H-1B quota applications and then the general H1b quota lottery was run.

The USCIS expects that employers will receive receipt notices for all H1B cases that were chosen in the H1b lottery no later than June 2, 2008. Any cases not chosen in the H1B lottery will be returned with the fees to the employer or attorney of record on the case
Written by H-1B Visa Advisor, 12:07 AM | link | 1 Reader Comments |

163,000 Applications for FY2009

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Just a while ago we have received communication that USCIS has received about 163,000 H-1B Visa applications for FY2009. Of these 31,200 applications were from Graduates holding Masters Degree & above. The quota limit for general H1b cases is 65,000 and there are an additional 20,000 slots available for individuals who have obtained a Masters degree or higher from a US university.

The USCIS has announced that it expects to conduct the H1B lottery next week. A lottery for the US Masters/Advanced Degree H-1B cases will be run first and then any Masters / Advanced Degree cases not chosen in that lottery will be added to the general H1B lottery.
Written by H-1B Visa Advisor, 11:22 PM | link | 0 Reader Comments |

F-1 Students OPT to last 29 Months

Saturday, April 5, 2008

This is not a law yet but according to the draft available on Department of Homeland Security, all F-1 students who opt for Optional Practical Training are likely to get the work permit for a period of 29 months instead of the regular 12 months. The release said, [PDF]
This interim final rule extends the maximum period of OPT from 12 months to 29 months for F-1 students who have completed a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degree and accept employment with employers enrolled in U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS') E-Verify employment verification program.
Congratulations to all the international graduating students in the US. One more advantage of being on F-1 and using OPT is that you are not liable to pay the Social Security :-)
Written by H-1B Visa Advisor, 6:46 AM | link | 0 Reader Comments |