AUTHOR:  Robert Neale.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions against the upcoming Fiscal Year 2015 H-1B quota on April 1, 2014.  This year’s H-1B season is expected to be similar to last year’s, during which the 85,000 “cap” on new H-1Bs was reached in the first week petitions

 Many employers traditionally have relied upon H-2B visa holders to augment their permanent workforce during seasonal and peak-load cycles simply because they cannot find U.S. citizen and Permanent Resident workers to handle the temporary assignments.   The H-2B temporary program generally allows U.S. employers who meet specific regulatory requirements to bring foreign nonimmigrant workers to the

Many multinational companies with global operations use L-1 visas to facilitate the transfer of their executives, managers and specialized knowledge personnel into the U.S. for temporary assignments. In the last couple of years, these companies have experienced extreme backlogs, denials and inconsistent challenges by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and Consular Offices.

The U.S. Chamber

The Extraordinary Ability (EB1) immigrant visa category, as the name suggests, is set aside for immigrants who possess extraordinary ability in their fields. Unlike the case of other visa categories, individuals in this category may submit petitions for themselves. It also avoids the backlogs in other visa categories and is commonly used by artists, entertainers and researchers.
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