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H1B Visa 2018 Complete Guide: News, Cap, Lottery Predictions, Timeline, Sponsors

H1B Visa 2018

H1B Visa 2018 Cap Season Background

It’s that time of year again—the highly competitive H1B Visa 2018 season officially starts April 1st. If you weren’t fortunate enough to be selected last year then this article will serve as your ULTIMATE guide! H1B Visas are dedicated to foreign professionals in specialty occupations including computer programmers, architects, physicians, dentists, engineers, accountants and more.

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2018 H1B Visa Under Trump | Predictions, Changes, Reform

2018 H1B Visa Trump

The H1B visa was created so that U.S. employers could address gaps in their workforce by hiring skilled foreign professionals when qualified U.S. workers are unavailable. However, this system has seen much abuse over the last several decades. With a new executive order by President Trump on the horizon, we may be able to expect big changes for the H1B visa in 2018.

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H1B Visa Jobs for Sponsorship | Job Categories, Change, and Loss

H1B Visa Sponsorship Jobs

One of the many benefits that the H1B visa provides is the fact that foreign professionals from all kinds of occupational backgrounds can apply. You don’t necessarily need to be a professor or an IT manager, but your job does need to be considered a “specialty position”. If you are interested in getting an H1B visa this season, then it’s always good to know which occupations qualify.

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April 2017 Visa Bulletin | Predictions & Analysis

April 2017 Visa Bulletin

It’s that time of the month again. The time when the Department of State releases its monthly report on where the final action dates stand. Because getting a green card is often the end goal for many immigration cases, we understand that the April 2017 visa bulletin carries valuable information. Read on to have that information broken down in a simple, accessible way.

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EAD Card vs Green Card | Similarities and Differences

EAD Card vs Green Card

When individuals contemplate immigrating to the United States, their first thought usually sways towards a green card. While this may be the ultimate goal, there are other options available that would allow you to work in the United States until a green card is issued. Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) are granted when an individual has a pending Immigration Petition for Permanent Residence or I-485. The card permits non-citizens to legally work in the United States for a U.S. employer. In this post, we’ll explore the similarities and differences between EAD cards and green cards as well as the timeline and process.

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Trump’s Executive Order Draft for L-1 and H-1B Visa Programs

Trump's Executive Order for L1 and H1B VisasPresident Trump’s first 100 days in the oval office have been anything but quiet, especially for immigration news. The headlines these days are enough to put any foreign-born worker on full alert for any changes that might affect their status. When the White House released a draft of Trump’s executive order for work visas such as the L1 and H1B, we here at SGM Law Group wanted to make sure that our readers and clients were well informed.

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Employment Based Green Card Timeline | I-485 Processing Time

Employment Based Green Card Timeline

An adjustment of status, as the name implies, is an application filed by an alien who is in the U.S. and wants to change their status from that of a non-immigrant to immigrant (permanent resident status). For some, this involves going through a sponsoring family member. However, another popular way to obtain legal permanent residence is to work through a sponsoring employer. Read on to learn about the employment-based green card timeline. Continue reading