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H-1B - GENERAL INFORMATION


 Employers Debarred from H-1B Program by U.S. Department of Labor
 USCIS Announces H-1B Caps Reached (April 8, 2008)
 Questions and Answers #1: H-1B Petition Mailing During Cap Season (March 27, 2008)
 USCIS Regulation Prohibiting Multiple Filings of H-1B Petitions (March 24, 2008)
 USCIS Announces Interim Rule on H-1B Visas (March 19, 2008)
 USCIS Fact Sheet: Changes to the FY2009 H-1B Program (March 19, 2008)
 Questions and Answers: USCIS Announces Interim Rule on H-1B Visas (March 19, 2008)
 Senators' Letter to DHS Secretary to Extend Optional Practical Training (November 8, 2007)
 Governors' Letter to Congress to Raise H-1B Cap (September 11, 2007)
 H-1B/H-2B COUNT PAGE (USCIS)
 USCIS Runs Random Selection Process for H-1Bs (April 13, 2007)
 USCIS Updates Count of FY 2008 Cap H-1B Filings (April 10, 2007)
 Fact Sheet: USCIS IMPOSES CONDITIONS ON AVAILABILITY OF PREMIUM PROCESSING FOR H-1B PETITIONS SUBJECT TO THE FY 2008 CAP (April 9, 2007)
 USCIS: H-1B Cap Update (April 5, 2007)
 USCIS Reaches FY 2008 H-1B Cap (April 3, 2007)
 Guidance on Accepting H-IB Petitions for the FY 2008 Filing Period with a "Screen Print" of a certified Labor Condition Application (March 30, 2007)
 USCIS Reminds Customers of Revised Filing Instructions for Forms I-129 and I-539 (March 30, 2007)
 USCIS TO ACCEPT H-1B PETITIONS FOR FY2008 ON APRIL 2 (3-27-07) - Revised
 Helpful Hints for Completing and Submitting 1-129 Petitions to the Vermont and California Service Centers for FY08 H-IB Cap Cases (3-26-07)
 Form I-129 - Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, Effective April 2, 2007 (3-26-07)
 Form I-539 - Application for Change of Status or Extension of Stay, Effective April 2, 2007 (3-26-07)
 USCIS Guidance On Determining Periods of Admission for Aliens Previously in H-4 or L-2 Status: Aliens Applying for Additional Periods of Admission Beyond the Six-Year H-1B Maximum; and Aliens Who Have Not Exhausted the Six-Year Maximum But Who Have Been Absent from the U.S. for Over One Year (12-05-06)
 USCIS Guidance Regarding Exemption from H-1B Cap Under AC-21, Section 103 (6-06-06)
 Press Release: USCIS Reaches 65,000 H-1B Cap (6-01-06)
 USCIS Press Release: H-1B Visa Cap Reached (1-17-06)
 USCIS Memo: Recapture of Time Spent Outside U.S. for Persons in H and L Status (10-21-05)
 USCIS Adopted Decision Regarding Recapture of Time Spent Outside U.S. for Persons in H and L Status (10-18-05)
 Press Release: USCIS Announces H-1B Cap Reached (8-12-05)
 USCIS Publishes Regulations Implementing the H-1B Reform Act of 2004 (5-05-05)
 Press Release: USCIS Implements H-1B Reform Act of 2004 (5-04-05)
 FAQ: 2004 Bill Regarding H-1B and L Visas (Public Law 108-447)
- Signed into Law on December 8, 2004
 H-1B Cap Reached - USCIS Press Release (10-01-04)
 USCIS - Notice re: H-1B Cap Gap for Certain F's and J's (7-23-04)
 AILA - Summary of the H-1B Gap Cap Regulation (7-23-04)
 USCIS - Information Regarding the H-1B Cap for FY 2004 (2-25-04)
 USCIS Announces H-1B Cap Reached for FY2004(2-17-04)
 USCIS: H-1B Petitions Filed and Approved by Type of Petition (FY 2000-03) (2-17-04)
 USCIS Announces Latest H-1B Petition Statistics for FY2003 (8-26-03)
 INS Memo Re: "Social Security Cards and the Adjudication of H-1B Petitions" (11-20-01)
 GAO Report On H-1B Workers
 INS's Press Release Regarding H-1B Overcount
 INS's Fiscal Year 2000 H-1B Cap FAQ
 INS Regulation Explaining How It Will Process H-1B Petitions Now That Cap Has Been Reached (3-21-00)
 INS Commissioner's Response To Senator Abraham's Letter Re: H-1B Count (3-9-00)
 Justice Department's Response to Senator Abraham's Letter Re: H-1B Count (3-8-00)
 Senator Abraham's Letter to INS Commissioner Re: H-1B Count (2-25-00)
 Letter from Senator Abraham to Attorney General Reno re: INS Miscount (12-22-99)
 Proposed INS Regulations: Treatment of Certain H Petitions Filed After H-1B Cap is Reached (6-15-99)
 Interim Rule: Extending F and J Status for Certain Nonimmigrants (6-15-99)
 H-1B Examination: Test Your Immigration IQ
 How Do I Sponsor an Employee for U.S. Permanent Resident Status? (USCIS)

CHAT TRANSCRIPTS: AC-21


 H-1B Portability Rule: How To Change Employers (March 9, 2002)
 180-Day Portability Rule: Clearing Up Common Misconceptions (January 14, 2002)
 The H-1B Cap and More! (October 9, 2000)

 


AC-21
American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act (AC-21)


 Supplemental Guidance Relating to AC-21 - Neufeld Memo (5-30-08)
 Interim Guidance for Processing Form I-140 EB Immigrant Petitions

And Form I-485 and H-1B Petitions under AC-21 (5-12-05)
 INS Adopts "Alien-Based" Approach to Portability (4-24-02)
 INS Memo: Initial Guidance for Processing H-1B Petitions as Affected by AC-21
(6-19-01)
 State Dept. Cable: Traveling During H-1B Portability Period (2-14-01)
 AC-21: INS's FAQ
 President Clinton's Statement In Signing The H-1B Bills Into Law (10-17-00)
 NEW H-1B LAW: AILA's FAQ
 NEW H-1B LAW FAQ (Shusterman)
 Complete Text of H-1B Cap Bill As Passed By Congress (10-3-00)
 Section-by-Section Analysis of the H-1B Cap Bill As Passed By Congress (10-3-00)
 Summary of H-1B Cap Bill As Passed By Congress (10-3-00)
 Text of the Bill To Raise the H-1B Fee to $1,000 (10-12-00)
 Text of H-1B Merger Amendment Passed by Congress

 


ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS

For H & L Visaholders


 INS Field Memorandum Regarding Adjustment of Status for H and L Visaholders
(May 2000)
 INS Field Memorandum Regarding Adjustment of Status for H and L Visaholders
(March 2000, superceded by May 2000 Memo - See above.)
 New H and L Regulations on Adjustment of Status (6-1-99)

 


REPORTS AND ARTICLES

 Businesses' Push for Guest Worker Plan Faces Resistance (December 2007)
 DHS Report: Characteristics of H-1B Workers - FY2003 (July 2004)
 GAO Report on H-1B Program (September 2003) - "Better Tracking Needed to Determine H-1B Program’s Effect on U.S. Workforce"
 DHS Report on H-1B Program (September 2003)
 INS Report on H-1B Program (April 2002)
 INS's List of Leading Employers of H-1B Workers (May 2000)
 Let Skilled Foreign Workers In -- Or Else (March 3, 2000) - Forbes Magazine
 The H-1B Straitjacket - Cato Institute (March 3, 2000) - Why Congress Should Repeal The Cap On Foreign-Born Highly-Skilled Workers
 The Digital Workforce: Building InfoTech Skills at the Speed of Innovation - U.S. Department of Commerce (June 1999)

 


AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS ACT (ACWIA)

 Full Text of S. 1723 (H-1B Cap Bill) Passed by Senate (5-18-98)
Click again on "Full Text Bill" and then on "3. American Competitiveness Act(Passed by Senate)[S.1723ES]"
 S.1723 Highlights
 Report of the Senate Judiciary Committee on S.1723
 ABLI: High Skill Worker Shortage Affects U.S. Ability to Compete
 Cypress CEO to Support H-1B Immigration in Senate
 IEEE: Let Free Market Solve High-Tech Workforce Imbalance
 ITAA Calls on Congress to Raise Cap for Temporary Workers

ACWIA REGULATIONS

 Chairman Brownback's Comments To DOL's H-1B Regulations (4-23-01)
 Letter From Senators Abraham and Graham In Response To DOL's Interim H-1B Regulations (January 1, 2001)
 H-1B Regulations: AILA Summary of Provisions of General Applicability
 H-1B Regulations: AILA Summary Of Provisions Relating To "H-1B Dependent" Employees
 DOL Letter Re: "Single Employer" Rule (2-21-01)
 H-1B Regulations (Part 1)
 H-1B Regulations (Part 2)
 H-1B Regulations (Part 3)
 Three-Page LCA

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 INS Regulations Implementing Law (2-29-00)

View the complete text of the H-1B law as signed by President Clinton on October 21, 1998.

If the full text version puts you to sleep, you might wish to read the excellent section-by-section summary of the H-1B law and the highlights of the law, both of which were prepared by the American Immigration Lawyers Association.



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