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  • H-1B petitions for FY2013 already 50% more than this time last year

    By Cedric M. Shen

    April 5, 2012 | 1:23 pm

    Sign of an improving economy?  22,323 cap-subject H-1B petitions have already been received by the USCIS in the first three days since H-1B season started.  25% of these cases are for U.S. advanced degrees.  The number of filings received in the first three days is almost double the number of filings received during the same time last year.  We can expect the cap to be reached much sooner this fiscal season than last season, where it was reached in November.

  • Illegal relatives of US citizens could stay in the U.S. while applying for green cards

    By Cedric M. Shen

    April 3, 2012 | 10:17 am

    The Obama administration is attempting to ease the way for undocumented individuals who are immediate family members of U.S. citizens to apply for permanent residency.  Under current rules, an undocumented spouse or child of a U.S. Citizen who wishes to file for permanent residency... read on

  • Visa Processing Fees to Change on April 13, 2012

    By Cedric M. Shen

    April 2, 2012 | 10:38 pm

    The Department of State will be adjusting certain visa processing fees as of April 13, 2012.  Some fees have increased while others have decreased.

    Non-Immigrant Visas

    B-1 business/B-2 visitor:  $160 (previously $140)
    F-1 student/J-1:  $160 (previously $140)
    H, L, O, P, Q R:  $190... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Cedric M. Shen is a Los Angeles-based immigration attorney experienced in helping foreign nationals enter the United States. His law practice focuses on employment-based green...

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