Dear Sophie: How do we craft a strong H-1B petition? If I’m not selected, what are my options?

Photo by Joey Csunyo on Unsplash Here’s another edition of “Dear Sophie,” the advice column that answers immigration-related questions about working at technology companies. “Your questions are vital to the spread of knowledge that allows people all over the world to rise above borders and pursue their dreams,” says Sophie Alcorn, a Silicon Valley immigration attorney.…

An Overview of the H-1B Visa Process

The H-1B visa is specifically for foreign workers in specialty occupations such as software engineers, lawyers, accountants, UX designers. It’s for people who have a bachelor’s degree in a job-related field or an equivalent amount of work experience.  Because the demand has far exceeded the supply, a lottery process has been put into place over…

Employers Face New USCIS Fee to Register Each H-1B Lottery Candidate-photo-by-wonderlane

Employers Face New USCIS Fee to Register Each H-1B Lottery Candidate

The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, has proposed charging a $10 fee to employers to register each H-1B lottery candidate, starting with next year’s lottery. This year, USCIS announced plans to change the H-1B lottery process by requiring employers to electronically pre-register candidates for the annual lottery. For years,…

Premium Processing Resumes for H-1B Petitions for Now Photo by Saffu

Premium Processing Available for H-1B Petitions in April Lottery—But With Delay

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed premium processing for all H-1B petitions. However, USCIS will delay premium processing handling for H-1B petitions submitted for this year’s lottery, which opens on April 1.   Two Tracks for Premium Processing This year, only H-1B petitioners who are subject to the lottery and are requesting a…

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What You Need to Know for Success in This Year’s H-1B Lottery

The Alcorn Immigration Law team’s H-1B season began in December. Since then, we’ve been working with employers preparing H-1B visa applications for the April lottery. Given the increased scrutiny, requests for evidence (RFEs), and denials these applications face, employers and H-1B candidates should focus on assembling the strongest petition they can. Delays, uncertainty about visa…