ImmiLETTER Vol. II – Issue 5: May 2, 2007

Alternatives to H-1B
Escaping the Quota Trap
Now that we are close to completing both the H1B regular and master’s quota for the fiscal year 2008, and the next chance for applying will only happen on April 1st 2008, it is good to assess alternatives to H1B.

Looking at the staggering demand for the work visa this year, many of our readers have been asking the question “what are our options?” Apart from the H1B Master’s quota exemption, the H1B regular too has a few exempt categories, which might an option to some.

USCIS Overhauls Religious Worker Visa
Proposed Changes
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have proposed changes to the existing rules of the Religious Worker Visa category. The new rules are focused on mainly two things; first, to remove any opportunity for fraud and second, to streamline the program.
Eliminations of LC Substitution
Where we stand?
Last year, the Department of Labor proposed a rule that would eliminate labor certification substitutions, among other things. On January 07, the DOL submitted the final version of this rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.

On May 1st, 2007 it was reported that the OMB has completed its review and the rule is now back with DOL, waiting finalization.

So what does the final regulation say?

Headlines
  • H1B Masters Quota: Less then 1000 left!
  • USCIS Clarifies H1B Receipt Notice Confusion
  • Employers Beware: Forged Letters for Masters H-1Bs
  • Latest Cap Count for Non-Immigrant Worker Visas
  • May 2007 Visa Bulletin
  • H1B Lottery Over, Premium Processing Started
  • Flexible Time Limit for RFE and NOID
  • Updated PERM Statistics
  • USCIS Extends Filing Time for O and P Visa
  • FY 2008 H-1B Masters Quota Still Available!
  • Premium Processing For Current H-1Bs Delayed
  • FY 2008 H-1B Cap Reached On First Day of Filing!
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