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  • H-1B Regular Cap v. Master’s Cap: What’s the difference?

    By Cedric M. Shen

    May 29, 2012 | 4:35 pm

    Every year, Congress allots 65,000 H-1B work visas for U.S. Employers to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields, such as scientists, engineers, or computer programmers.  This is known as the “regular cap.”... read on

  • H-1B Visa Filling Up Fast - Your Strategies & Options

    By Cedric M. Shen

    April 25, 2012 | 10:14 am

    The USCIS began accepting H-1B work visa petitions for the 2013 fiscal year on April 2, 2012. Every year, Congress allots 65,000 H-1B visas for qualified applicants with bachelor’s degrees (regular cap). An additional 20,000 are reserved for applicants with master degrees or higher... read on

  • 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.

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  • 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

  • U.S. HOR passes bill that would allow Israelis to qualify for E-2 treaty trader visas

    By Cedric M. Shen

    March 21, 2012 | 10:14 am

    As discussed in my previous post, Rep. Berman (D-CA) introduced H.R. 3992 on February 9, 2012, which would make Israeli nationals eligible to enter the U.S. as nonimmigrant traders and investors as provided for under the INA (E-2 treaty trader nonimmigrant visas) if Israel provides... read on

  • New Bill Seeks to Expand E-2 Investor Visa for Citizens of Israel

    By Cedric M. Shen

    February 21, 2012 | 11:57 am

    Recently, U.S. Rep. Howard L. Berman, Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced the bill H.R. 3992 allowing Israeli nationals to apply for an E-2 investor visa to the United States.  According to Rep. Berman, this legislation seeks to “encourage Israeli... 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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