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The Diversity Visa Lottery

Posted: 10/25/19  |  Revised: 10/25/19 Every year the Department of State (“DOS”) holds a Diversity Visa Lottery, allowing about 50,000 citizens of countries that have low immigration rates to the U.S. to apply directly for an immigrant visa (green card). The lottery application period is open through noon Eastern time...
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Premium Processing for (Some) H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions Begins May 20, 2019

Posted: 04/01/19  |  Revised: 04/01/19 Premium processing is USCIS’s $1,410, 15-calendar day expedited processing service for certain petitions.  USCIS is offering premium processing for this year’s H-1B cap-subject (“lottery”) petitions in a two-phased approach:  Phase One cases will include only those H-1B cap-subject (lottery) petitions that included the premium processing...
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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions

Posted: 02/15/19  |  Revised: 03/12/19 As of March 12, 2019, USCIS has reinstated premium processing for all H-1B petitions.  After suspending premium processing for H-1B cap cases filed April 1, 2018 and then for the vast majority of all H-1B cases in September 2018, USCIS has gradually re-expanded the categories...
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The H-1B Visa

Posted: 07/15/18  |  Revised: 11/05/18 The H-1B visa program has been in the news of late, but much of the information is wrong.  Let’s look at some of the facts of the H-1B visa program: The H-1B is a non-immigrant (temporary) visa that allows U.S. employers to employ foreign workers...
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