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STEM Green Card vs. Green Card Lottery

"[T]he green card lottery is reminiscent of what America used to be without a formal immigration program. Immigrants who came to America through the centuries were like the plucky green card lottery winners of today. They took a chance and came to the shores of America. They were not scientists...

Possible Lottery for H-1B Visas; Premium Processing Delayed for Cap Cases

" ... Based on feedback from a number of stakeholders, USCIS anticipates that it may receive more petitions than the H-1B cap between April 1, 2013 and April 5, 2013. USCIS will monitor the number of petitions received and notify the public of the date on which the numerical limit of the H-1B cap...

Application Deluge for H-1B Visas Forces Lottery

"American companies are so eager to hire highly skilled foreign workers that a cap on new visas has been reached within a matter of days. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Friday that it has received more than 85,000 applications from employers seeking visas for computer programmers...

Approx. 124K H-1B Petitions Received

"For the first time since 2008, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the statutory H-1B cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2014 within the first week of the filing period. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the...

'Winner' of the Diversity Visa Program: A Fairy Tale for Many

"On May 1, 2014 the U.S. Department of State announced the winners of the 2015 Diversity Visa program (DV-2015). Over 100,000 eager U.S. immigrants were selected and these “winners” will have an opportunity to have their fairy tale come true – a chance to obtain a green card. ...

Fate of Green Card Lottery Unclear

"An annual U.S. visa lottery program that offers immigrants a chance to become permanent residents drew more than 11 million applicants this year, as lawmakers appear poised to end it. The so-called “diversity visa program” attracted 21% more entries this year than last year, according...

U.S. Firms, Workers Try to Beat H-1B Visa Lottery System

"Companies eager to hire foreign talent, mostly in the tech sector, and workers hoping for jobs in the U.S. have found ways to game a government lottery used to distribute a limited number of visas each year. Immigration lawyers involved in the process say they have helped companies file multiple...

DV-2017 Window Opens

Department of State, Oct. 2015 - "Entries for the DV-2017 program must be submitted electronically at www.dvlottery.state.gov between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Thursday, October 1, 2015, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Do not wait until...

Cruz / Sessions Bill Would Eliminate Dual Intent for H-1Bs

Most news articles focus on the wage and OPT aspects of the "American Jobs First Act of 2015" but take a closer look : the bill also wipes out dual intent for H-1Bs ... and eliminates the Diversity Visa ("Lottery") program.

H-1B Lawsuit Demands Place in Line

Brent Renison, June 1, 2016 - " A place in line, not a rejection based on a computerized lottery, is what employers and employees are seeking in a soon-to-be-filed class action lawsuit challenging the H-1B lottery process. Unlike the lottery, however, there is no need to cross your fingers on this...

H-1B Lottery Lawsuit Filed - Tenrec v. USCIS

Parrilli Renison, June 2, 2016 - "Our firm has initiated a legal challenge to the current lottery process in place for H-1B cap subject petitions, which are at present required to be filed in a 5 day window and randomly selected without regard to order of filing in previous years. Our BLOG POST...

DOS Posts DV-2018 'Visa Lottery' Notice

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 180 / Friday, September 16, 2016 - "This public notice provides information on how to apply for the DV–2018 Program."

Judge Denies Govt. Motion to Dismiss H-1B Lottery Lawsuit - Tenrec, Inc., v. USCIS

Entrylaw.com, Sept. 22, 2016 - " ORDER DENYING GOVERNMENT'S MOTION TO DISMISS . The Honorable Judge Simon denied the government's motion to dismiss the lawsuit, allowing the case to proceed. The Court set a hearing for December 19, 2016 at 2pm, at which time the attorneys will argue the...

Cyrus D. Mehta: Will the H-1B Lottery Lawsuit Force Change for the Better?

Cyrus D. Mehta, Sept. 30, 2016 - " A class action lawsuit, Tenrec, Inc. v. USCIS , challenging the annual H-1B lottery recently overcame a motion to dismiss, and will move forward. There is a decent chance that the plaintiffs may prevail and employers will no longer be subject to the H-1B lottery...