Most H-1B applicants qualify through a BA or higher degree, and this requirement must be met as of the day of filing. This year, H1B applications will be accepted from April 2, 2018 – April 6, 2018. The fact that you will have your degree by the time you actually start the job in October is irrelevant. USCIS will [Read more…]
As discussed in detail in the prior post, the E2 visa is a great option for founders from certain countries who have invested their own money into the initial operations of the company. After establishing that they might qualify, the next question is always “how much do I have to invest?”
There is a common misconception among potential E2 applicants that $100,000 is the minimum. This is a myth, completely unfounded in law. Unlike the EB5 Investor Green Card, which requires a specific investment amount, there is no set amount of investment that needs to be made for an E2 visa. Really.
Instead, the amount of investment required is defined [Read more…]
There are 65,000 new cap-subject H1B visas available every fiscal year. Of these, 6,800 are reserved for applicants from Chile and Singapore, leaving 58,200 available in the general pool. In years of high demand (as is expected this year), USCIS receives more than enough applications to distribute all available H1Bs within the first few days after H1B season opens on April 1. It therefore stops accepting applications after the first week of April and conducts a lottery among the applications already accepted to determine which will be processed. [Read more…]
The exact cost of filing an H1B petition depends on the size of the employer and the number of other H1B employees working for the employer.
Base Fee: All petitions start with the base fee of $460.
Fraud Prevention Fee: All new petitions and petitions to switch employers (but not petitions to extend status with the same employer) must include a “fraud prevention” fee of $500.
ACWIA Fee: Introduced in the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act (“ACWIA”), this fee feeds a fund intended to train US workers for skilled positions. The ACWIA fee [Read more…]
Maybe. How similar is your degree to the degree normally required for the job? How much related work experience have you had?
To obtain an H-1B visa for an employee, the employer must show that the job offered normally requires a college degree in a specific field, and that the employee has this specific degree or its equivalent. I’ve already discussed how to show equivalency if you don’t have a degree, or if you are very close to graduation, but what if you already have a diploma, just in a different field?