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TheVISAGeek™ is a publication of the Immigration Law Offices of Ann L. Lipson, PC. A U.S. Immigration attorney with 25+ years experience advocating for employment-based immigration, including universities/researchers; scientific/engineering skilled workers and self-petitioners; and family-based immigration, including marriage; fiance; and citizenship applications.
An alternative if you didn’t make the H-1B lottery In my blog of April 10, 2013, I suggested alternative pathways to live and work in the U.S. if you didn’t make the H-1B cap lottery this year. One way is to be employed simultaneously at a cap exempt institution as well as in private industry… read more
I-9 Form revised 3/8/13 is the version that employers must use for all employees U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a press release today regarding the revised I-9 form that they issued in March, 2013. The revised form must now be used for all new hires and re-verifications. The new I-9 forms may be… read more
FY 2014 H-1B Lottery is a major disappointment to business and potential employees Unbeknownst to most of us, the economy has kicked up enough steam to bring forth the annual spring time run on H-1B visas that we haven’t seen since 2008. Within the first five days of April, USCIS received 124,000 H-1B petitions for… read more
Economic recovery means accelerated H-1B visa submissions and less time to beat the cap The cap of 65,000 H-1Bs plus an additional 20,000 H-1Bs for those with U.S. graduate degrees, opens on April 1, 2013, for a start-date of October 1, 2013 and we are trying to predict when the cap will be used up.… read more
Fulbright J-1 Waivers are rarely approved As we prepare to send off yet another J-1 waiver application to the Department of State for an “extraordinary ability” cancer researcher on a J-1 visa funded by Fulbright Australia, we are worried that we are going to hit another wall for this Fulbright scholar even though our application… read more