Why Every Immigration Case Needs A Good Credential Evaluation

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Why Every Immigration Case Needs A Good Credential Evaluation

In the context of immigration, foreign academic credential evaluators are critical in evaluating higher education degrees obtained abroad. Some of the most popular work-based visas require educational degrees. A bachelor’s degree obtained in one country may not always equate to a bachelor’s degree obtained in the U.S. Today, we demystify the evaluation process by looking at the tools evaluators use to assess academic equivalency to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. United States Benchmark In the U.S., primary and secondary school education starts with Kindergarten and lasts through 12 levels (or grades). The final four years (9 th -12 th  grades) are called “high school.” Beyond that, students pursue secondary education at a two-year college, or four-year college or university.  The standard undergraduate bachelor’s degree ...

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H1-B Visa Reform a Hot Topic in Congress

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H1-B Visa Reform a Hot Topic in Congress

H-1B visas are a hot topic right now in the United States Congress, and there are several groups of senators striving to reform the program in order to fight fraud while at the same time increasing opportunity for the highest skilled foreign nationals in the field of tech. Currently, the H-1B visa program is stressed to its limits. The demand for H-1B was threefold above the current government limit of 85,000. This limitation hits certain countries more than others, especially tech workers in India who file for H-1B. There are large backlogs for visas, which end up stopping Indian and Chinese nationals who must stay with one employer. Zoe Lofgren (D), the representative serving the Silicon Valley area proposed a bill that ...

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President Trump Places H1-B in Jeopardy

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President Trump Places H1-B in Jeopardy

Nonprofits and universities around the country use the H-1B program to find qualified foreign workers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, as sometimes it is scarce to find qualified United States workers.  Under the current system, only 65,000 h-1b visas are allowed each year, plus another 20,000 for advanced degree exemptions. However, President Donald Trump has publicly announced that he does not like the h-1b program and wants to see to its removal. He has stated that he feels that it is against the interest of American workers to support this program, as qualified Americans could be hired to these positions. This contrasts with the opinion of many non-profit and large for-profit tech companies who see the h-1b visa ...

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Top States with the Highest H1B Petitions

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Top States with the Highest H1B Petitions

H1B Visas are a form of non-immigrant visas in the United States that allow US employers to temporarily employ foreign nationals in specialty occupations in order to fill any gaps in the labor market. Each year the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) receive an overwhelming amount of applications for H1B visas from various parts of the country. However, different states contribute to this massive amount of filed cases. According to the myvisajobs 2017 report, here are the top states where the most H1B applications are filed: California California is on the top of the list when it comes to H1B petitions, and it’s quite obvious since the state houses the industry that files the most petitions: information technology. Tech companies in the ...

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New Bill Seeks to Prevent H1B Visa Abuse

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New Bill Seeks to Prevent H1B Visa Abuse

The H1B system has long been a hot topic in the tech industry. For some, the system helps fill-in gaps in the job market to keep it in motion and keep it productive, while for others, the H1B system is a way for companies who concentrate on outsourcing to aid foreign nationals with acquiring jobs in American companies at a lower price and thereby undercutting the American worker. Now that the United States has elected a new president, one who promises an “America first policy,” there are talks about overhauling the H1B system in a way that prevents companies who specialize in outsourcing from employing cheap foreign labor. The latest bill submitted by senators Chuck Grassley and Dick Durbin is one ...

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