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All The Data You Ever Wanted On The H-1B

Whether you’re on an active H-1B, renewing, or considering applying, here are some stat's on America's most popular visa.

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Likely Increase In Wage Requirements For H-1B, E-3, H-1B1, and PERM

The Department of Labor (DOL) sent a rule that will increase H-1B, E-3, H-1B1, and PERM wage requirements to the Office of Management and Budget for review.

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Premium Processing Explained

Premium processing is a service offered by the USCIS that expedites your petition response for a fee. This article walks you through premium processing, as well as recent changes to the process.

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How To Set Up An Immigration Program At Your Company

Establishing  an immigration program for your company can feel like a daunting process. In this article, we'll walk through the process and benefits.

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F-1 Student Updates For Fall 2020

It was a rocky summer for F-1 students with many changes to their status. Whether you've already started your semester, or you're gearing up, here are some quick updates.

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Should You Concurrently File The I-140 and I-485?

Concurrent filing means filing the I-140 and I-485 together. This article will help you determine whether you should concurrently file or not.

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You’re Approved: A series celebrating those seeking opportunity around the world.

A series celebrating those seeking opportunity around the world.

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O-1 Visa Stamping During The COVID-19 Pandemic 

You may have options if your O-1 petition has been approved but you are outside the U.S. and unable to obtain the O-1 visa stamp because of COVID-19 restrictions. Several Legalpad customers were recently granted national interest exceptions to obtain their visa stamps and enter the U.S.

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Sara Itucas Talks H-1B Visa Layoffs, Visa Stimulus Benefits [Video]

Legalpad co-founder and COO, Sara Itucas, talks with Stilt founder and CEO, Rohit Mittal, about H-1B visa layoffs, visa stimulus benefits, and more.

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U.S. House of Representatives Passes Bill To Expand Premium Processing Service

A bill has been unanimously passed by the House to expand premium processing service. Premium processing is an option for people to receive expedited review of their eligible applications and petitions filed with USCIS.

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USCIS Averts Furlough of Nearly 70% of Workforce

Great news! The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it will avert a furlough that was scheduled to begin August 31st that would cut nearly 70% of its workforce.

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[Video] Legalpad Cofounder Sara Itucas Talks Visa Extension Rules on H-1B, F-1, OPT, H-4

Legalpad co-founder and COO Sara Itucas talks with Stilt CEO Rohit Mittal about updates to visa extension rules.

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O-1 Status: Extension, Amendment, and Change of Employer

After you’ve been granted classification as an O-1 “Alien of Extraordinary Ability”, here are four things to keep in mind to maintain your O-1 status.

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USCIS Announces Second H-1B Lottery

USCIS will issue a second H-1B CAP lottery after not receive enough filings by June 20, 2020 to meet the annual 85,000 quota. Details are still to be release on how many additional H-1B registrations will be selected.

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[Video] Sara Itucas Talks Visa Ban Updates With Stilt Inc

Legalpad co-founder and COO, Sara Itucas, talks with Stilt founder and CEO, Rohit Mittal, about recent visa restrictions and what can be done by those applying or looking to apply for visas in the coming months.

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How To Get A U.S. Green Card

A detailed guide to obtaining an employment-based green card from start to finish.

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The EB-1 vs EB-2 Explained

The key differences between the EB-1 and EB-2 and how to best get on you on the path to get a U.S. green card.

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USCIS Filing Fee Increases & Changes To Premium Processing

The USCIS has announced an increase in its filing fees, set to take effect on October 2, 2020. The adjustments come as part efforts to increase revenue due to a budgetary crisis. 

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What is “Original Contribution” for the O-1A?

The O-1A is a U.S. work-authorized status for people with extraordinary ability in sciences, education, business, or athletics.

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Executive Order Ends Hong Kong Preferential Visa Policies

President Trump has signed an executive order on July 14 to end preferential immigration treatment for people born in Hong Kong.

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USCIS May Furlough 13,400 Employees on August 3, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic led to a dramatic drop in immigration filings with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which is funded almost entirely by filing fees.

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Seeking An Emergency Appointment At Your Consulate? Here Are Some Options

United States Consulates have been closed globally for several months now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, throwing a wet blanket over the ultimate goal of actually obtaining your visa stamp.

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Six Things to Consider When Starting Your Visa Petition

We asked six of our experts what would be the one thing they wish our clients knew before starting this process. Here’s who they are, and what they said.

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One Million International Students Must Leave US If Their Universities Moves Online-Only

F-1 Students Barred From Remaining In, Entering US If University Moves Online For Fall Semester, Says ICE

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A Breakdown Of President Trump’s Presidential Proclamation

Today, President Trump signed a presidential proclamation that will go into effect at 12:01 am ET on June 24, 2020. Here are the high-level implications.

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Katya Stelmakh Joins Legalpad As Network Attorney

Legalpad is excited to welcome Katya Stelmakh to our attorney network!

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The Black Community Stood For Me And It’s Time To Return The Favor

Akansha Bhat shares her own immigration experience and the connection to the Black Lives Matter movement.

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USCIS To Ease Back Into Premium Processing, At Least For Now

With much of America reopening in stages, the USCIS will resume many of its normal operations through the months of June and July.

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Announcing Legalpad’s Official Partnership With Techstars

We are incredibly proud and excited to announce Legalpad’s official global partnership with Techstars!

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RFE Rates Remain High For Employment-Based Non-Immigration Visas

O-1 initial approval rate declined from 90.8% in 2019, to 89% in the second quarter of 2020.

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What happens after your petition is approved by USCIS?

Congratulations! Your petition has been approved by USCIS. What happens now? Check out the below for a summary of actions you may need to take after the approval.

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How to Read and Understand the Visa Bulletin

For anyone going through the green card process, you’re probably familiar or at least heard of the visa bulletin. The visa bulletin can be difficult to read and navigate. Here are some useful tips and a few examples.

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Furloughing H-1B workers

As a result of economic conditions caused by COVID-19, many startups and employers are having to make the difficult decision of whether they need to furlough H-1B workers.

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A Breakdown of President Trump’s Executive Order

On Monday, President Trump announced his plan to sign an executive order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID)

A Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) is USCIS’ way of letting you know that they don’t expect your application to be approved.

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USCIS suspends premium processing

USCIS has temporarily stopped taking requests for premium processing. Premium processing allows applicants to fast-track the visa application processing time to 15 days–for an additional fee of $1,440.

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Founder Spotlight: Vicki Guan

Authored by Annie Blay. I recently got to spend some time talking with Vicki Guan, co-founder of Evri

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3 Ways to Apply for a Work Visa

When the perfect candidate for your growing startup is a foreign national, getting their work visa should be simple and affordable. Figuring out how to compile a visa application should be just as straightforward.

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Founder Spotlight: Sujay Suresh Kumar

How this electrical engineer’s passion for technology carries forward his mission to support women.

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Founder Spotlight: Stu Murless

Stu Murless, co-founder of Feastfox, is building a mobile app that gives restaurant-goers recommendations tailored precisely to their preferences.

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Global Talent: How to Hire International Employees

As of December 2018, there were 7 million open jobs and only 6.3 million Americans actively seeking work.

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5 Visa Options for Startups

Finding the right candidate takes time. Especially for a startup, where teams are often small and personal chemistry is just as important as professional know-how.

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How to Prepare the Strongest Visa Application for Startups

Hiring the right employees, particularly STEM employees, can be critical to a startup’s success.

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Is Your Startup Growing? What You Need to Know About Today’s Immigration Climate

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US Work Visas for Canadian Startups

There is no shortage of US work visa categories, and it can feel overwhelming to try to understand all the options.

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Documents Checklist for H-1B Sponsors

Did you know that startups are eligible for H-1B visa sponsorship? You don’t need to be a large, established corporation to hire talent on an H-1B visa.

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Everything You Need to Know About Work Visa Requests for Evidence (RFEs)

With the Request for Evidence (RFE) rates on the rise, it’s more important than ever to understand RFEs and how to address them.

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Common Work Visa Misconceptions

COO and Co-founder of Legalpad, Sara Itucas, weighs in on some of the most common work visa misconceptions.

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Hiring Foreign Talent is Advantageous to Your Startup’s Success and Culture

Hiring is hard, especially for startups. The good news is that you can broaden your search beyond US borders, and you may find your next superstar employee in the process.

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Post-Accelerator To-Do List for International Founders

Congratulations on graduating from an accelerator program! That’s a huge accomplishment.

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