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H1B Lottery Done
USCIS completed its lottery.
Well, they done did it. USCIS completed a lottery to select which H1B visa petitions will be considered this year. This year there was no prior indication that a lottery would be conducted, as there had in previous years. We simply received the announcement this afternoon that it was done. Hopefully our office’s petitions will be selected. Here's the announcement if you'd like to read it. USCIS Completes H1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY19.
More later, but in honor of the lottery announcement, here's a song:
Recent I was asked the following question: I work full-time as a software developer in H1b status. Now a local college has asked me if I can join as an adjunct teacher and teach a computer science class for only 4 hours a week. It is a government college and is willing to apply H1B. Can I work/teach part-time in that college? Is premium processing available?ANSWER: Yes, this should work. You can have what is called a concurrent H1B visa, i.e. more than H-1B at the same time. You just need to make sure that the second H1B application clearly indicates that it is a concurrent H1B petition and not a change of employer or replacing your current employment in any way. Also, you must continue to abide by all the terms of your original H1B. Premium processing for the teaching job is indeed possible, but prevailing wage determination's and LCA's take time. As such, you may consider using a private service for your prevailing wage determination, or just use Online Wage Librar…
Today the USCIS finally announced a much anticipated rule regarding next year's H1B visa (specialty occupation worker) application process. At the moment, a computer-aided lottery is required to simply choose which applications may go forward for simple consideration. This is because the law requires an annual cap on new H1B visas to be issued every year, about 65,000. Recently, American companies have submitted about 3 to 4 times that number for their potential foreign employees, resulting in some sort of system to pick which applications to even consider. H1B applications are complicated, requiring multiple steps to even assemble an application to submit to the government. Also, the fees are quite high, several thousand dollars for small companies and even more for the larger ones. For a basic run down on the H1B visa, read my previous run down: H1B Visas Explained.
So then why go through all the rigamarole to interview an employee in January or February, offer them a job…
I just got back EAD card yesterday for my Post Completion OPT and within 90 days, if I don't get a job, then I'll be deported. My boyfriend is a US citizen and we are planning to get married. I was wondering if I can still stay in the country if we get married since I'm not sure if I have to leave after 90 days if I can't find a job. How does this work? Can I still stay in the US and also can I work as well?
In the past there was little chance for deportation for such a simple violation. However recent memos from the administration have threatened issuance of a Notice to Appear (NTA) in a Removal proceeding for even OPT and other student visa violations.
Please note, it shouldn’t be difficult to fulfill the 90-day job requirement, because unpaid internships and even self-employment count, as long as all other requirements are also met.
To your question of a marriage green card, you would simplify your status issues …