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    H4- EAD Updates - California Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Protect H4 EAD

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    H4- EAD Updates - Reps. Eshoo and Lofgren reintroduce H4 EAD work authorization protection bill in House What's the update on H4 EAD? The reintroduction of this bill by California Reps. Eshoo and Lofgren may be a bit of a relief for H4 EAD holders fearing  the H4 EAD revocation by the Administration. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is reviewing the rule for over 90 days, and the government has not made any decision as of May 30, 2019. This week, the Trump Administration
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    How to Book US Visa Appointments in Mexico ?

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    Step by step process for How to book US Visa Appointments to attend your US visa (H1b, H4, E3, L1A, etc.,) renewal interview in Mexico; US Embassy locations in Mexico. Join below facebook support group to see previous H1B, H4, E3, L1A, L1B visa interview questions, Latest 221g, Visa Approvals, Denials information, etc., https://www.facebook.com/groups/visarenewalstampinginmexico/ Step 1) Fill DS160 Select the location that you want to attend in Mexico. Fill DS160 1st pag
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    US Visa Applicants now require to provide Social Media Information on DS-160 and DS-260 Visa Applications

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    If you are going to apply for a US Visa in the future, you are now required to provide Social Media Information to the US Embassy/US Consulates. There is now a new question now appears on the DS-160 and DS-260 forms used by visa applicants at U.S. consulates. You must provide Social media user names used in the last 5 years.  The US Department of State had published a notice in the Federal Register last year explaining its plans to add several additional questions for nonimmigrant visa
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    After the H1B Receipt in Lottery - Next Steps - Approval or RFE or NOID with FAQs

    By Hire IT People, Inc

    On behalf of Immisupport.com, we would like to congratulate all of you, who got the H1B picked in the lottery and received H1B receipt notices. We feel sorry for Aspirants who's petitions are not picked in the lottery, please don’t be depressed, it’s not the END of the world. H1B petitions that were filed under the Premium Processing Program USCIS has begun adjudicating the premium processing petitions on May 20, we heard that some Employers already received approval notices for
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    How to Track H1B Lottery Petition?

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    This article provides you with some tips to help ensure that your H1B visa petition has been sent to USCIS for processing and if it is not picked in the lottery, the process to to obtain proper confirmation(s) from the Employer. But, the big question. Did the Employer actually file/send the H1B petition for processing? What if you heard, “Your application has not been picked up and money has been spent towards expenses” • How to confirm that your H1B application is actually sent b
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Specialty Occupation RFE Solutions Amidst Changing H-1B Approval Trends

Specialty Occupation RFE Solutions Amidst Changing H-1B Approval Trends

Over the past three H-1B cap-subject seasons, we have seen an unprecedented rise in specialty occupation RFEs calling jobs into question that had never run into trouble before.  This trend is echoed across the entire H-1B visa program, with overall approval rates plummeting from over 80% in 2015 to around 60% for FY2019.  USICS approval trends changing, however, is nothing new.  Before the rise of the specialty occupation RFE, education issues were the big change.  USCIS began issuing RFEs

Sheila Danzig

Sheila Danzig

How to Fight the H-1B Specialty Occupation RFE and Why it’s Important

How to Fight the H-1B Specialty Occupation RFE and Why it’s Important

Over the past two years, H-1B jobs that had previously been approved as specialty occupations – such as electrical engineer or computer programmer – are now receiving RFEs as responses to initial petitions instead of approval.  This is because USCIS has raised its standards of proof without a new law or regulation, and without notice. While USCIS approval trends change from year to year – and there are never any guarantees with USCIS – this change was sudden, drastic, and is a threat to STE

Sheila Danzig

Sheila Danzig

H-1B Employer Data Hub Proves USCIS is Restricting H-1B Visas without Regulation

H-1B Employer Data Hub Proves USCIS is Restricting H-1B Visas without Regulation

Over the past two years, lawyers, employers, and H-1B beneficiaries have suspected USCIS raised its standard of proof for H-1B visa approval without any new law, regulation, or notice to the public.  This was evidenced anecdotally with jobs that had never before been called into question for meeting H-1B specialty occupation requirements suddenly being hit with an unprecedented rate of RFEs instead of approvals, like computer programmer and engineer. When USCIS released its H-1B Employer Da

Sheila Danzig

Sheila Danzig

Case Study: Specialty Occupation RFE for Engineer Successfully Answered

Case Study: Specialty Occupation RFE for Engineer Successfully Answered

The numbers show that the same specialty occupations approved for H-1B visas just a few years ago are now being called into question.  According to Forbes, in FY2017 only 3% of H-1B extension petitions were denied.  These petitions are for beneficiaries whose H-1B visas were previously approved.  Then, in FY2018, the denial rate more than doubled, jumping to 12%, and then to 18% in the first quarter of FY2019.  All of the top 27 employers of H-1B beneficiaries experienced this spike in den

Sheila Danzig

Sheila Danzig

Case Study: How to Deal with a Double Nightmare H-1B RFE

Case Study: How to Deal with a Double Nightmare H-1B RFE

When USCIS takes issue with one aspect of an H-1B petition, they rarely stop there.  One common example is the Double Nightmare RFE, which is a specialty occupation RFE and a wage level RFE rolled into one.  Complicated RFEs are answered by going back to the basic approval requirements.  Getting wrapped up in the wording and specific demands of an RFE is a trap.  Read it over with your team, then put it down and go back to the basics.  For H-1B eligibility, a job must meet specialty occupa
Case Study: Overturned Specialty Occupation RFE for Computer Programmer

Case Study: Overturned Specialty Occupation RFE for Computer Programmer

Keeping in pace with the past two years, specialty occupation RFEs are common this RFE season, and computer programmers have been hit especially hard yet again. Computer programmers – especially those making level one wages – are especially vulnerable to specialty occupation RFEs because entry level computer programmers can sometimes be hired with only a US associate’s degree.  H-1B specialty occupation requirements state that an occupation must require a minimum of a US bachelor’s degree o
RFE Season is Rolling in with MORE Specialty Occupation RFEs

RFE Season is Rolling in with MORE Specialty Occupation RFEs

Every year, a higher percentage of H-1B beneficiaries selected in the lottery receive an RFE this time of year instead of outright visa approval.  If you, or if your employee or client received an H-1B RFE this year, there is a high probability that is was a specialty occupation RFE. Last year, USCIS bombarded H-1B petitioners with RFEs questioning whether their job met the requirements for “specialty occupation.”  H-1B visas are work visas for foreign employees working jobs that require a
Case Study: Indian Three-Year Degree H-1B RFE Overturned!

Case Study: Indian Three-Year Degree H-1B RFE Overturned!

A recurring RFE we see every year with H-1B candidates is the education RFE for the Indian three-year bachelor’s degree.  Candidates who do not submit credential evaluations that account for the missing fourth year of education with their initial petition get RFEs about it this time of year. Graduate schools commonly accept the Indian three-year bachelor’s degree as an acceptable prerequisite to their programs, and employers will hire employees to specialty occupations with this credential.
H1B Visa Stamping Drop-Box to Interview Experience at US Consulate Chennai, India

H1B Visa Stamping Drop-Box to Interview Experience at US Consulate Chennai, India

One of our Supporters has shared his H1B Visa Stamping Experience at Chennai, India. He started the process with Drop-Box and waited to get the details to update under PIMS Database and finally went for an H1B Visa Interview to secure a visa. (Please see links below for more information on PIMS Database and it's Importance) I have submitted my documents on December 28 at a Drop-Box location in Chennai, India and they have posted my H1B documents to US Consulate on December 29. (Applied with

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H1B PIMS Database - H1B Visa Stamping issues at consulates with FAQs

H1B PIMS Database - H1B Visa Stamping issues at consulates with FAQs

We have received several inquiries about PIMS Database updates while applying for an H1B Visa at US Consulates, please read relevant  information and Frequently Asked Questions below: What is PIMS Database? The Petition Information Management Service (PIMS) was created to provide consular officers with electronic access to petition information.  The Department of State developed the Petition Information Management Service (PIMS) to provide a method for consular officers to rapidly conf
H1B RFE USCIS Review has taken longer than 60 days - What do I do?

H1B RFE USCIS Review has taken longer than 60 days - What do I do?

Our readers  have posted several comments and questions about the delay from USCIS in adjudicating H1B petitions after the RFE response has received under normal processing.  What are the options to notify the USCIS and expedite adjudication of the H1B petition if USCIS has taken longer than 60 days?  Please note that the following actions can only be performed by your H1B Employer and/or Attorney on record. If you are the beneficiary, please discuss with your H1B Employer.  Opt

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H1B USCIS Site Visit Experience

H1B USCIS Site Visit Experience

Recently I had a surprise visit by an Officer from the USCIS on 08-APR, for a random Audit while I am working at the Client Location. MY CURRENT STATUS: Recently changed my Employer and filed for H1 extension and got it for 1 year (total 2+ years of validity remaining on H1), Filed for my spouse's H4 extension and waiting on it! QUESTIONS ASKED BY OFFICER The overall conversation was smooth. Here is a sequence of our interaction and the questions asked (may not be in the same

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DUI/DWI Drinking and Driving. Serious impacts to H1B/F1/L1/GC Immigration Status

DUI/DWI Drinking and Driving. Serious impacts to H1B/F1/L1/GC Immigration Status

We all know that drinking and driving is not only dangerous, it’s a crime in the United States. One may get arrested while driving intoxicated with Alcohol or Drugs.  In this Article, I would like to discuss about the consequences of Arrests and DUI/DWI charges to your H1B, F1, L1 or Green Card Immigration status. “Please note that this article is also informational to every person in the United States who is a non-citizen.” What is DUI/DWI?  DUI stands for Driving under Influence and DWI stan
What taxes and expenses H1B Employers incur for running payroll?

What taxes and expenses H1B Employers incur for running payroll?

Employers pay a variety of Taxes and incur other expenses when they run your payroll. These taxes are same for everyone in the United States, including US Citizens, Green Card holders. OPT Employees have some exceptions! Employer pays 6.2% towards Social Security Taxes (May change each year) Employer pays  1.45% toward Medicare Taxes I see the above taxes being deducted on my paycheck, please explain?   Apart from Employer paying these taxes, you also pay the above pe
Successful US H1B H4 E3 L1A L1B L2 Visa Stamping in Nuevo Laredo Mexico 2019 2020 Latest Recent Updates Information Interview Questions

Successful US H1B H4 E3 L1A L1B L2 Visa Stamping in Nuevo Laredo Mexico 2019 2020 Latest Recent Updates Information Interview Questions

Successful H1B visa renewal stamping interview in Nuevo Laredo Mexico — 2019 Latest and Recent updates   Info from candidates experience/ updates from who attended Visa interview in Nuevo Laredo Mexico Click here to join Facebook group US Visa Stamping in Mexico Visa Stamping in Mexico Website   Visa dates Booking process : US Visa Renewal Stamping Interview Appointment Dates Booking Steps Process in mexico For US Visa fee payment help for Nuevo Lar
Case Study: RFE for Wrong Degree Specialization Overturned!

Case Study: RFE for Wrong Degree Specialization Overturned!

USCIS and employers have a different idea of what qualified an H-1B employee for their specialty occupation.  It is commonplace for employers to hire a candidate with a degree in a field related to the position, given they have proper work experience to master the specialized skills and knowledge necessary to perform it. It has been years since USCIS has regularly approved H-1B cases in which a beneficiary has the required US Bachelor’s degree in a field RELATED to the specialty occupation.
H-1B RFE Case Study: Expert Opinion Letter from Professor of Computer Sciences Denied

H-1B RFE Case Study: Expert Opinion Letter from Professor of Computer Sciences Denied

Last year we had countless clients come to us with specialty occupation RFEs.  Some of them came to us with RFEs that they had tried to get overturned with an expert opinion letter, and failed. One such client came to us with a specialty occupation RFE for computer programmer.  He had submitted an expert opinion letter with the petition, anticipating issues arising.  However, the expert opinion letter he included in his petition was from the WRONG expert. USCIS only acknowledges expert
Good News to New Zealand Nationals E1/E2 Visa Eligibility to the USA

Good News to New Zealand Nationals E1/E2 Visa Eligibility to the USA

New Zealand Nationals Eligible for E-1 and E-2 Nonimmigrant Classifications Certain New Zealand nationals can now request a change of status to the E-1 nonimmigrant trader classification and the E-2 nonimmigrant investor classification under Public Law 115-226. Beginning June 10, eligible New Zealand nationals already in the United States in a lawful nonimmigrant status can file Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, to request a change of status to E-1 or E-2 cla
Successful US H1B H4 E3 L1A L1B L2 Visa Stamping in Nogales Mexico 2019 2020 Latest Recent Updates Information Interview Questions

Successful US H1B H4 E3 L1A L1B L2 Visa Stamping in Nogales Mexico 2019 2020 Latest Recent Updates Information Interview Questions

This info is gathered from several folks whom been to Nogales Mexico, who got successful H1B -H4-E3 US Visa Renewal stamping-Interview in Nogales, Mexico — Updated on Jun  9th 2019   US Visa Renewal Stamping Interview in Nogales, Mexico — H1B H4 E3 L1A L1B L2 Latest Visa Interview Questions — Experiences — Process — US Visa Application Fee Payment — Nogales, Sonora — Mexico Join below facebook support group to see previous H1B, H4, E3, L1A, L1B visa interview questions, Latest 221
H4 Bio-Metrics attending at different locations/dates

H4 Bio-Metrics attending at different locations/dates

Many of our Members have reported that they have attended H4 Bio-Metrics at a different USCIS Application Support Centers including attending early or late, opposed to the original scheduled date/time and the location. They have not had any issues, and the staff was very accommodating.  Locate a service center https://egov.uscis.gov/office-locator/ As long as the ASC is not overloaded with scheduled appointments, ASCs are accommodating such requests. If you have filed H1B In premium pro
How to Answer a Double H-1B RFE For Education and Specialty Occupation

How to Answer a Double H-1B RFE For Education and Specialty Occupation

RFE season is now, and when CIS finds one problem with a petition, they tend to find more.  Over the past few years, we have seen a common double RFE involving specialty occupation and education issues. H-1B eligibility rules state that to qualify for H-1B status the H-1B employee must hold a US Bachelor’s degree or higher or its equivalent in the exact field of the H-1B job.  The job must be a specialty occupation, one that requires a minimum of the H-1B educational requirements for entry
USCIS Begins Premium Processing for Remaining H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions on June 10

USCIS Begins Premium Processing for Remaining H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions on June 10

On June 10, USCIS will begin premium processing for all remaining FY 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions. Starting on that date, petitioners may file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, with the USCIS service center that is processing their petition. On March 19, we announced that we would offer premium processing in a two-phased approach during the FY 2020 cap season to best manage premium processing requests without fully suspending it. In the past few years, we suspended all
H1B Interview Questions at Matamoros, Mexico US Consulate

H1B Interview Questions at Matamoros, Mexico US Consulate

The following Questions are being asked by the U.S Consulate in Matamoros, Mexico  to email a response. For June 4th 2019 : Visa Applicants :  Few candidates are asked to respond below questions to answer by Email The applicant’s travel history over the last 15 years, including source of funding for travel. The names and dates of birth of any siblings; children; current and former spouses/civil or domestic partners. The applicant’s addresses during the last 15 years
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