H1B FY 2025 Registration Dates, Fee Changes, New Online Filing

H1B FY 2025 Registration Dates and Changes

The much-awaited H1B season registration dates for fiscal year(FY) 2025 are announced in a press release by USCIS. They are also changing the H1B fees, introducing a new lottery process, and offering options to file an H1B petition online. This article will summarize the press release by USCIS and all the upcoming changes for the …

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US Visa Interview Waiver Questions Updated in Appointment Booking System

US Visa Interview Waiver New questions in Online System

Most of you know that the US Department of State has updated its guidance and extended the US Visa interview waiver(aka Dropbox) options for non-immigrant visa applicants for 2024 and beyond if they meet specific criteria. The new guidance was effective from January 1st, 2024. As part of the above guidance, the US Visa Appointment …

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USCIS Premium Processing Fee increases to $2,805 for H1B, I-140

USCIS Premium Processing Fee Increase from 2024

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services(USCIS) processes immigration-related applications and benefits such as H1B Visa petitions, Green Card-related I-140 applications, or I-539 Extension/Change of Status. For specific applications, they also provide an option to expedite the processing by filing Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing. USCIS, as part of the regular fee review to adjust …

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US Visa Interview Waiver(48 month rule, prior stamping) extended for 2024 & beyond

US Visa Interview Waiver Options Extended for 2024 & Beyond

Many of you have been waiting for an update from the US Department of State if they would extend the interview waiver options that are supposed to end on December 31st, 2023. As they hinted at in previous press discussions, they made an official announcement today extending the previous US Visa Interview waiver options for …

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H1B Visa Stamping in USA: Pilot Program Criteria, Dates, Process

H1B Stamping within USA - Pilot Program - How it works

Since the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has cleared the rule to run the pilot program for H1B Visa stamping within the US, many of you have been waiting for the official regulation text. Today, the US Department of State has published the regulatory text on the federal register outlining the pilot program details. This article …

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No Third Round Lottery, USCIS Reaches H1B FY 2024 Cap

H1B FY 2024 Cap Reached - No third round lottery

Many of you have been waiting for the third-round lottery news for the H1B Visa Fiscal Year(FY) 2024. Today, USCIS officially announced that they have reached the H1B cap for the FY 2024 Season. In this article, we will review the news announcement and some insights around H1B FY 2024 season. USCIS News: H1B FY …

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Fall 2023 Regulatory Agenda: H1B, L1, F1, GC Priorities for Biden Administration

Fall 2023 Regulatory Agenda items for H1B Green Card and Others

Biden Administration released its Fall 2023 regulatory agenda last week, which outlines its key priorities for the upcoming year. This article will review the main regulatory items around Visa types such as H1B, H4, L1, F1, and Green Card as prioritized by the Biden Administration.  Background: Regulatory Agenda or Unified Agenda  The Regulatory Agenda or …

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