How to Successfully Extend Your H-1B Visa
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Navigating the complexities of U.S. immigration laws can be a challenging task, particularly when it comes to extending your H-1B visa. This non-immigrant visa allows foreign workers in specialty occupations to work temporarily in the U.S. In this blog post, we will provide a clear, step-by-step guide on how to successfully extend your H-1B visa. Understanding the H-1B Visa Extension The H-1B visa ..read more
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Visa Bulletin For March 2024 | Akula & Associates
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1w ago
USCIS confirmed using " Dates for Filing Chart " in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for March 2024 for family-based adjustment of status applications, and " Final Action Dates Chart " for employment-based adjustment of status applications. Priority Dates for family-based applications remain the same as this time. There is no movement. Priority Dates ("PD") for employment-based applications ..read more
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Exploring the Benefits and Advantages of Adjustment of Status
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2w ago
The U.S. immigration system can often seem complex and daunting, particularly when it comes to changing one's immigration status. One such process, known as Adjustment of Status (AOS), allows eligible individuals already in the U.S. to apply for lawful permanent resident (LPR) status—also known as obtaining a Green Card—without having to return to their home country. In this formal and informative ..read more
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USCIS Issues Final Rule to Adjust Certain Immigration and Naturalization Fees
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2w ago
USCIS published a final rule to adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees for the first time since 2016. The new fees under the final rule will go into effect on April 1, 2024. Visit USCIS' Frequently Asked Questions page on its website to view a full list of the revised forms that will go into effect on April 1, 2024, along with the new fees. USCIS will accept prior ..read more
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USCIS to Launch Organizational Accounts, and Online Filing for Form I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker for H-1B Petitioners
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1M ago
USCIS announced the upcoming launch of a package of improvements for the H-1B cap season. In February 2024, USCIS will launch online organizational accounts and make Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant worker available for online filing for H-1B petitions for fiscal year (FY) 2025. This means that Petitioners will soon be able to file H-1B petitions online and not only be restricted to H-1B ..read more
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Department of State Stateside Visa Renewal Pilot Program Begins January 29, 2024
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1M ago
On December 20, 2023, the Department of State (DOS) shared an unpublished version of a Federal Register notice announcing that the greatly anticipated stateside visa renewal pilot will begin on January 29, 2024, and end on April 1, 2024. The notice describes, among other things, the requirements for participation, the application process, and how applications will be processed and adjudicated. The ..read more
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Common Misconceptions About the H-1B Visa Program Debunked
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1M ago
The H-1B visa program is often at the center of immigration discussions in the United States. As a non-immigrant visa, it allows U.S. companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. Despite its importance, many misconceptions surround the H-1B visa program. In this article, we aim to debunk some of the common myths and provide accurate, reliable information. Myth 1: Only Tech ..read more
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Visa Bulletin for January 2024
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2M ago
USCIS confirmed using " Dates for Filing Chart " in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for January 2024 for both family-based and employment-based adjustment of status applications. GOOD NEWS! Priority Dates ("PD") for employment-based applications moved forward! Specifically, for EB-1 category, PD moves forward for both China-mainland born and India born applicants from August 1, 2022 to ..read more
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USCIS Fiscal FY 2024 H-1B Cap
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2M ago
USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions needed to reach the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap and the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2024. USCIS will send non-selection notices to registrants through their online accounts over the next few days. When USCIS finishes sending these non-selection ..read more
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DOS Announces Pilot Program to Allow a Limited Number of H-1B Workers to Renew Their Visas in the U.S.
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2M ago
The Department of State (DOS) announced a pilot program that will allow a limited number of H-1B specialty occupation workers to renew their visas in the US as early as next month. The pilot program aims to reduce processing times and improve customer service for H-1B workers and their employers. H-1B holders will be permitted to renew their visas by mailing them to the State Department rather ..read more
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