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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.

Preparing for Your Green Card Interview

November 30, 2022
Obtaining your green card is crucial when you want to stay in the US permanently. In addition to complex paperwork, you’ll also need to pass an interview at a USCIS field office, US consulate, or embassy nearby. Preparing for this interview will help you feel more comfortable when you’re talking to the officer. This guide walks through what you need to know before you head to your interview.

Preparing for H-1B Visa Cap Season

November 29, 2022
The annual H-1B visa cap season is fast approaching. The time when prospective employers scramble to submit visa applications for prospective employees from a pool of only 65,000 H-1B visas available, plus 20,000 visas given to Advanced Cap applicants. We understand that this process can seem overwhelming. This article will take you through everything you need to know about the H-1B visa cap season and how you can prepare for it as an applicant or employer.

How the H-1B Visa Helps Highly Skilled Workers

November 24, 2022
The United States frequently lacks highly skilled workers to fill specialty occupations. A merit-based system encouraging foreign workers with bachelor's degrees (or higher) in high-demand fields was initiated to minimize the economic and employment damage of this shortage. This system provides non-immigrant citizens with an H-1B visa to enter the country for work purposes. It has been a significant benefit to the US and those highly skilled individuals.

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.

How Many Times Can You Apply for an H-1B Visa?

November 18, 2022
The H-1B visa affords the holder many rights, such as the ability to enter the United States, where they can live and work for up to six years in three-year increments. It's also a dual-intent visa, and holders can begin the steps to apply for a Green Card while in the US under an H-1B visa.

Facts and Processes About the H-1B Visa

November 16, 2022
The H-1B visa is a popular document in great demand by foreign workers and US employers who wish to hire them. The steps to take to obtain this visa are straightforward, but the process is anything but simple. Here are the facts about this visa and what you need to know before you begin the application process.

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 is a Dual-Intent Visa?

November 14, 2022
In your search to find the ideal visa to take you to the United States, you’ve heard the phrase “dual-intent visa.” This visa is also called the H-1B, and it allows foreign nationals to stay in the US for a short period while possibly immigrating into the country permanently. Most temporary visas are approved with the knowledge that the holder is returning home when the validity period ends. But the H-1B visa gives you the right to enter the US with a “dual intent.” What can you do under this visa, and how does it work? This short guide explains everything you need to know about dual-intent 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.
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