Special Instructions for B-1/B-2 Visitors Who Want to Enroll in School

The following was issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), and it applies to B-1/B-2 visitors who want to enroll in school.  We urge visitors who fit this category to read this before filing an F-1 (student) application with the USCIS. Is it permissible to enroll in school while in B-1/B-2 status? No, it is not.  The regulations, at 8 CFR 214.2(b)(7),...
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H-1B Cap Count – August 13, 2010

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) updated its H-1B cap count on August 6, 2010.   Here are the most recent cap numbers: Regular H-1B Cap:  29,700 U.S. Masters H-1B Cap: 12,300 The H-1B numbers continue to move very slowly. We will update our web site at www.bashyamshah.com when more information becomes...
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US Labor Department Obtains Nearly $1 Million in Back Wages from H-1B Employer

When an employer employs foreign professional workers in H-1B status, it is obligated to pay wages that are at least equal to the actual wages paid to other workers with similar experience and qualifications for the job in question, or the prevailing wage for the occupation in the area of intended employment, whichever is greater. When employers do not comply with this requirement, the Department...
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USCIS Implements H-1B/L-1 Filing Fee Increase

On Aug. 13, 2010, President Obama signed into law Public Law 111-230, which contains provisions to increase certain H-1B and L-1 petition fees. Effective August 14, 2010 Public Law 111-230 requires the submission of an additional fee of $2,000 for certain H-1B petitions and $2,250 for certain L-1A and L-1B petitions postmarked on or after Aug. 14, 2010, and will remain in effect through Sept. 30,...
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Latest Bashyam Shah Immigration Newsletter

Want to read our latest Immigration News Update?  This latest update contains information on our upcoming webinars, the H-1B fee hike, filing location changes for certain applications, and much more. To read our newsletter, please click...
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