It is H-1B season again. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services officially announced today that they are accepting H-1B applications for FY2012. U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields, such as scientists, engineers, or computer programmers.

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At least 12,000 additional numbers will be available for EB-2 (employment-based, second preference) immigrant visa because of a dramatic reduction in the use of EB-1 (employment-based, first preference) immigrant visa, the Chief of Immigrant Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, Charlie Oppenheim, has announced. He said U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services “ha[s]

USCIS has began accepting the revised version of the Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Form I-129 (dated November 23, 2010). The new version of the form requires employers petitioning for H-1B, H-1B1, L-1 and O-1A nonimmigrants to make specific attestations related to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).