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What is a Permanent Labor Certification?

December 1, 2022
Throughout your journey to obtain an H-1B visa, you’ll come across the term “PERM labor certification” (PERM). This refers to the permanent labor certification program run by the Department of Labor in the United States. The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is the branch tasked with determining if a non-US citizen employee is hirable or whether bringing that person in would prevent a US worker with similar skills from procuring the job. ETA’s response decides if an employer receives a PERM certification. If so, they can move on and extend a job offer to a non-immigrant worker and begin the H-1B petition process.

How the H-1B Process is Changing

November 22, 2022
While always in high demand, the H-1B visa program is also a constant topic in the political realm. As the campaigns change in the United States, so do the policies surrounding this non-immigrant work visa. Factors such as the pandemic, supply chain issues, and an increasingly volatile economic front have impacted US workers, employers, and foreign nationals wishing to be part of the economic landscape. This article discusses these changes and how they may affect your H-1B visa petition.

Where Do I File My H-1B Application?

November 15, 2022
Filing your H-1B petition is a process full of minor and major checklists. If you miss any of the boxes, send your paperwork to the wrong place, or forget to attach something, it can result in untimely delays. Worse, an error on the wrong part of the application may mean instant denial. Since there are so many H-1B applicants each year, there is a cap on how many are approved. You want to ensure your application is completed accurately and quickly. This short guide will walk you through the essential parts of filing, so you don’t make the common mistakes that cost thousands of petitioners their potential H-1B visas.

What Determines "Prevailing Wage" for an H-1B Visa?

November 11, 2022
The U.S. government permits employers to hire foreign workers to fill specialized occupations — provided they offer at least a prevailing wage to the employee. But who determines what the prevailing wage is, and why is this such an important factor? Read on to find out.

How to Work With the Department of Labor to Get Your H-1B Petition Approved

November 4, 2022
When you’re applying for an H-1B visa, you will work with various government agencies throughout the process. The first step, acquiring a Labor Condition Application (LCA) approval, involves contacting the Department of Labor. This short guide walks you through what it takes to file your LCA successfully so that you can move forward with your H-1B petition application.

A Step-By-Step H-1B Visa Application Guide

October 24, 2022
Applying for an H-1B visa is a complex process. Before you start, it’s wise to understand the whole picture so that you know what each step entails and what you’re working toward. With a clear idea of how all the pieces come together, you’ll move forward in an organized way, which will help you through every part of the H-1B petition process. This guide breaks down each step into a simple, straightforward guide to get you firmly on the path to your approved visa petition.

H-1B LCA: What Is It, and How Can Yours Be Approved?

October 17, 2022
Statistically speaking, the H-1B visa is the most in-demand option for people trying to come to the United States. The employer and employee must meet specific criteria to obtain the visa, but it all begins with the H-1B Labor Condition Application from the Department of Labor. This application, called an LCA, is the foundation for the rest of the H-1B petition. This guide walks you through the details of an LCA and how to get yours approved.

Getting Your H-1B Sponsored by Small Companies

October 13, 2022
Anyone who meets the requirements of a specialty occupation worker can apply for an H-1B visa. But the company you choose to work for has its own challenges in order to be allowed to hire a foreign employee. Large corporations have an easier path compared to small businesses. If you’re considering using a small company to sponsor your H-1B visa, you should understand what you’re getting into from start to finish.

How to Request an H-1B Visa Extension

October 7, 2022
You must file an extension request when you already have the coveted H-1B visa and want to stay past the expiration. The initial validity period is usually three years, but you can stay up to six years and occasionally even longer.

How to File an H-1B Visa Transfer

September 29, 2022
You worked hard to get your H-1B visa to work in the United States under an approved employer. But now, you’re ready to expand your career into other avenues. Can you legally transfer your job while you’re in the country on this visa, and if so, how?
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