Good news! After my post from a few days ago, the Trump administration has reportedly backed off attempts to eliminate 3-year extensions for H1B workers with approved I-140s. We will keep monitoring this issue, but for the time being, 3-year extensions appear to be safe.
When considering an H-1B visa application, USCIS will verify not only that the job itself is a “specialty occupation,” but also that the H-1B applicant is actually qualified. An applicant can prove she qualifies with a US degree in the relevant field (or foreign degree determined to be equivalent), or a license to practice in the state where she has a job offer.
While a degree or licence is certainly the easiest way to show qualification, every year applicants without either are granted H-1B visas because they have been able to document that their knowledge of the speciality occupation is equivalent to that normally obtained in a degree program. There are several ways to do this [Read more…]
On Friday, November 15, 2013, the US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) formalized a little-known policy that paves the way for undocumented family members of US servicemembers to regularize their immigration status. The new rule allows USCIS to grant “parole” to undocumented spouses, children, and parents of servicemembers who are serving or have served on active duty, or who are or have been members of the selected reserve of the ready reserve. Although parole alone is a temporary status that does not lead to a green card, a parolee is not considered to be in the country illegally, and in some cases may even apply for work authorization. [Read more…]