May 2011 Archives

May 31, 2011

H-1B Quota Numbers May 31, 2011

Thanks to USCIS for the updated quota numbers:

Regular cap: approximately 13,100 have been received
Advanced degree cap: approximately 9,000 have been received

Many people are continuing to ask when the quota might be reached. While it's impossible to really know and difficult to estimate, it seems that the quota numbers are moving slowly. Those who are still looking for H-1B employment and/or those on F-1 OPT still have ample time to prepare a case for this year's quota. Contact the business immigration attorneys at Law Offices of J Craig Fong for a free consultation. ---ecf

May 21, 2011

H-1B or J-1?

The immigration attorneys at the Law Offices of J Craig Fong are often asked by foreign job seekers whether there are options other than H-1B for living and working in the US. Given the difficulty of finding an appropriate H-1B employer these days, many people have asked specifically whether the J-1 exchange visitor is a good option.

Although there are several types of J-1 exchange visitors, this blog will focus on the J-1 internship category.

Here are a few pointers to follow when looking for a J-1 sponsor:

1. Is the J-1 subject to the 2 year home residency requirement?
2. How long will the J-1 term last?
3. Can I choose my own internship?
4. Will the J-1 sponsoring organization work with the employer to create a J-1 program?
5. If you are abroad, will the J-1 sponsoring organization prepare you for the visa interview?

For some J-1 visa holders, J-1 internships provide a great opportunity for hands-on work experience and an opportunity for making contacts in a specific job field, which can be critical for H-1B hopefuls. ---ecf


May 11, 2011

Obama's Speech on Immigration Reform

Screen shot 2011-05-11 at 2.58.08 PM.pngPresident Obama addressed the nation in a highly anticipated speech on immigration reform from El Paso, Texas. Many have criticized the President's speech because he offered little in detail but spoke in broad terms.

The immigration attorneys at the Law Offices of J Craig Fong would like to note that while deportations have increased under the Obama administration, President Obama reiterated that legalization should be offered to the undocumented, but with an emphasis on accountability. The President stated clearly: "those who are here illegally have a responsibility as well ... they have to admit that they broke the law, pay their taxes, pay a fine, and learn English. And they have to undergo background checks and a lengthy process before they can get in line for legalization."

The President also weighed in on the hallmark of immigration: family reunification. President Obama said "I don't believe the United States of America should be in the business of separating families. That's not right. That's not who we are."

As immigration advocates, The Law Offices of J Craig Fong applauds the President's focus on securing our borders in a way that reunites families and that serves our national security and business interests. And as long-time advocates in the GLBT community, we hope that the President's silence regarding DOMA and its prohibition on immigration relief for same sex spouses is not an indication of the Administration's lack of commitment toward rectifying the inequities that have caused the painful separation of non-traditional families. Because as the President said, that's not who we are. --ecf

May 6, 2011

H-1B Quota Numbers

The business immigration attorneys at the Law Offices of J Craig Fong have been asked numerous times when the H-1B cap will be reached, or whether the quota is closing soon. While no one knows when the H-1B cap will be reached, USCIS has released some recent numbers of the current H-1B usage.

As of May 6, approximately 10,200 petitions have been received for the regular, Bachelor's degree quota while approximately 7,300 petitions have been received for the advanced degree quota.

It seems that the H-1B quota is still wide open and those interested in consulting with the attorneys at the Law Offices of J Craig Fong for potential applications should give us a call as soon as possible given the fact that it can take USCIS months to adjudicate H-1B petitions. ---ecf