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H1B spouses' work permits: USCIS chief Francis Cissna speaks up on H4 EAD in letter to US lawmakers; tough road ahead

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) chief Francis Cissna has indicated in a letter to 15 US lawmakers that the Trump administration is firmly on track to likely revoking work permits given to more than 100,000 spouses of H1B workers in America. 

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Columbia University’s medical school offers debt-free degrees

Always dreamed of completing medical school in the US but not sure how you’d afford it?

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US Policy: STEM students under OPT extension cannot work at client sites


Several international STEM students hoping to work in the United States for a longer duration, post their studies,
 

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Amazon’s visas for foreign-born workers surge 78% as H-1B approvals shift from Indian IT firms to US tech companies

Amazon was approved for 2,515 visas for foreign-born workers in fiscal year 2017, outpaced by only one other company in the highly competitive H-1B lottery. 

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Determining whether a bona-fide employer-employee relationship exists under the new STEM OPT regulations

The Department of Homeland Security's new 24 month STEM OPT rule went into effect on May 10, 2016. Employers and F-1 students should be aware of the major changes to the STEM OPT program.  In particular, some employers may no longer be able to hire F-1 STEM OPT students. 

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How to prove Employer Employee Relationship in an H1B Petition?

mployers (Petitioners) are frequently faced with Request For Evidence (RFEs) issued by USCIS, requesting employers to prove the employer employee relationship in an H-1B Petition. The Answer is Right of Control.

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How to Find a Cap-Exempt H-1B Job

The H-1B visa is for "specialty occupation" workers. In order to satisfy the visa requirements, the job must require at least a specific bachelor's (four-year) degree, and the worker must have a relevant U.S. bachelor's degree, foreign degree, or equivalent education and/or experience.

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Cap-Exempt H-1B Employment Clarified by DHS

In light of the general unavailability of H-1B visas due to the limited and inadequate H-1B visa quota, it is more important than ever that U.S. employers and highly skilled foreign nationals be able to take maximum advantage of exemptions from the quota. 

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Guide to H-1B Cap Exempt Employers

Many foreign nationals who seek to obtain H-1B status face significant difficulties due to the current structure and limited numbers of the H-1B visa program. 

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Converting Your H-4 Visa

H-4 visa holders may consider converting to other status options to access job opportunities in the U.S and avoid getting blocked from working in the jobs they have already secured. Since many H-4 visa holders are as educated and well-qualified as their spouses, many choose to convert to the H-1B visa.

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