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H1B Historical Data – Lottery vs 85K Quota, Masters vs Regular Split

In Immigration| Visas by KumarUpdated : 6 Comments

As you know, DHS proposed a pre-registration rule for H1B lottery recently. As part of the propose rule documentation, USCIS revealed many of their internal H1B statistics data regarding petitions filed, overall lottery numbers, premium petitions, US masters vs Regular quota filings, etc. This H1B data used to be only provided on request and not widely published to everyone. Now, …

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US Visa – Annotations : Clearance Received or Department Authorization Meaning ?

In Immigration| Visas by KumarUpdated : 1 Comment

Sometimes, you may get US visa stamp in your passport with an annotation, sometimes there maybe no annotations in them. It can be confusing for few for us. Also, when you are applying for visa and filling out DS-160 form, you also may also encounter questions like below Was your prior H1B Visa (temporary occupation, temporary worker or trainee) annotated …

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F1 to H1B COS (Change of Status) Denied Letter(Real) by USCIS

In Immigration| Visas by KumarUpdated : 21 Comments

F1 visa status to H1B Visa Change of Status(COS) is one of the most common application types filed with USCIS. Unfortunately, some of the COS are denied due to various reasons, couple of these are not maintaining proper status by exceeding the unemployment days allowed and not having training plan compliance as per regulations. Unfortunately, one of our reader got …

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H1B Denial Letter(Real) by USCIS – Speciality Occupation, Employer Employee Relationship

In Immigration| Visas by KumarUpdated : 10 Comments

Some of the H1B petitions are denied by USCIS, it could be for a variety of reasons. Two of the most common H1B denial reason is Employer Employee Relationship Clause and H1B Speciality Occupation Services. Many of you may be curious to know, how that may look like and the wording that USCIS uses for the same.  One of our readers, …

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ECR vs Non-ECR (ECNR) Indian Passport – Meaning, Application, Work, Removal

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Many of you applying for Indian Passport will come across this question “Are you eligible for Non-ECR Category?”. It can be very confusing with ECR and Non-ECR as many of us are not sure what they mean. Also, you may be asked for emigration clearance for employment in certain foreign countries for ECR passport holders. We will look at all …

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H1B, F1, H4 EAD, Other Visas Updates in Fall 2018 Regulatory Agenda

In Immigration| Visas by KumarUpdated : 11 Comments

Similar to previous year Fall 2017 Regulatory Agenda , US Federal Government published their Fall 2018 Regulatory agenda that outlines their priorities on various regulations that are planned for the next upcoming months.  Our focus from the fall regulatory agenda is on topics tied to international students and professionals. So, we will cover priorities of DHS and USCIS around those …