H1B Educational Requirements for Masters Cap

INTRODUCTION In the past year, many H-1B petitions have received denials based on the university at which the Beneficiary earned their U.S Master’s degree. In order to file under the U.S Master’s Cap Quota, a Beneficiary’s degree must meet the statutory education requirements. These requirements, while well established, can cause … Continue reading

USCIS Update: H1B Info & Lottery System

USCIS released the following statement: For the first time since 2008,  USCIS has reached the statutory H-1B cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2014 within the first week of the filing period. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the … Continue reading

Sample Status Report

Below is a sample status report for an IT consulting company. Regular status reports from employees provide good evidence that a petitioning company maintains control of an employee. USCIS likes to see reports like the one below because they help to demonstrate that an employer-employee relationship exists. The format below … Continue reading

Delays in I-129 Receipt Notices

USCIS has released a statement acknowledging prolonged wait times for H-1B receipts. ”Due to the high number of I-129 petitions filed with USCIS recently, customers will experience a longer than usual period of time to receive their receipt notice from USCIS,” an official told the American Immigration Lawyers Association. USCIS expects … Continue reading