Extreme Vetting of U.S. Visa Applicants Being Implemented

Posted: May 5, 2017

The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) issued notice in the Federal Register that it proposes to carry out President Trump’s goal of “extreme vetting”.

H-1B Work Visas — Catch One While You Can! H-1B Visas Running Out In Days For FY2011; Time To Start Planning For FY2012

Posted: Jan 14, 2011

What is the H-1B Cap? What exactly is the H-1B “quota” or “cap”?  Each fiscal year (October 1 through September 30), 65,000 H-1B visas are available to qualifying foreign nationals seeking employment in H-1B status.  1,400 additional H-1B visa numbers are set aside for citizens of Chile and 5,400 are set aside for citizens of […]

J-1 and H-1B Physician Immigration Updates!

Posted: Jan 13, 2011

There is a whirlwind of issues currently affecting international medical graduates (“IMGs”), issues which will impact their ability to obtain temporary work authorization (including J-1 waivers and H-1B visas) and permanent resident status.  Below is a quick update of recent developments at the state and federal levels.  These issues and more will be addressed at […]

New Visa Application Procedures at U.S. Consular Posts in Mexico

Posted: Jan 10, 2011

by Avi Friedman, Esq. As of January 10, 2011, all 10 U.S. Consular Posts in Mexico will institute new visa application procedures.  The consular posts include the five border posts in Tijuana, Nogales, Nuevo Laredo, Ciudad Juarez, and Matamoros and the other posts in Monterrey, Hermosillo, Merida, Guadalajara, and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. […]


Posted: Jan 5, 2011

All 20,000 cap-subject H-1Bs allotted to graduates of U.S. Master Degree programs are now exhausted for Fiscal Year 2011. Less than 10,000 of the initial 65,000 remain for the regular cap as of December 31, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’s website. Although the numbers have lasted longer than was true for FY 2010, […]

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