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The Background of H-1B Visa's Fiscal Year 2024

April 7, 2023
If you’re searching for a way to get into the United States from another country, you’ve come across an H-1B visa. This document is one of the most popular legal methods to live and work in the US, but it’s not for everyone. Congress established the initial program to attract skilled foreign labor to the country and boost the overall American economy. Since its inception, this visa category has evolved, but in general, it is used by US employers to hire skilled workers with specific traits and a bachelor’s or advanced degree. This coveted visa is always highly sought after, but Fiscal Year 2024 has the makings of a record-breaking number of petitions. What’s the scoop behind the demand? We’ll break down the background of FY 2024 here.

H-1B Holder Domestic Renewal Pilot Program Announced

March 23, 2023
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, H-1B and L visa holders living and working in the United States have had substantial uncertainty about their futures. Between the global shutdown, changing political climates, and the USCIS backlog on processing new and renewed visas, it has been a long few years for these foreign workers. But we’re happy to announce some good news around the corner just released from the State Department regarding their Domestic Renewal Pilot Program. Here, we’ll give you the basic details that have been shared with the public.

2023's Visa Approvals Are at Pre-Pandemic Levels

March 23, 2023
Before COVID, H-1B levels were significantly higher than the availability of visas. But when the embassies and consulates were shut down, and international borders were limited, so were the visa requests and approvals. This has affected US businesses relying on specialized workers to fill vacancies, but the good news is around the corner. Reports from the Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visa Issuance organization show that these numbers are almost back to normal.

Top H-1B Visa Questions & Answers

March 7, 2023
The H-1B visa program has been in place for decades. Since its inception, it has stayed somewhat consistent, but the ongoing changes in the world, particularly since COVID, along with the increasing cost of living, have forced many new policies. Here are some of the Frequently Asked Questions about the latest guidelines, along with their answers.

Some Visa Interview Waivers Are Extended. Are Yours?

March 6, 2023
The time it takes to file and process a visa from start to finish is quite lengthy. Some petitioners end up waiting over a year for their paperwork to process and then longer for their interview. The COVID-inflicted backlog took an already time-consuming project and added even more delays. However, those visa petitioners who were placed on hold because of the pandemic are mostly caught up, allowing USCIS officials to catch up on new filers. 

USCIS Processing Time Updates for April 2022

April 11, 2022
The biggest backlog that persist for applicants filing with the USCIS are mainly in the I-485, adjustment of status category.

USCIS and Natural Language Processing

August 9, 2021
For years the USCIS has dealt with a backlog of immigrant applications in many different categories. Implementing new computer programming and machine learning could be a way to streamline the adjudication process and eventually shorten extended wait times.

Implications of Home Visits for H1-B Visa Holders

January 4, 2021
H1-B visa holders who are working remotely might be interrupted by a USCIS official in a potential home visit, or through videoconference. The agency states it is making sure such visa holders are in compliance with the law.

Traveling Abroad as a U.S. Green Card Holder: Considerations

November 18, 2020
Making your re-entry process into the U.S. as a green card holder means knowing how to present the nature of your temporary leave of absence. 
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