Wednesday, May 30, 2012

H-1B Slowly Disappearing

USCIS updated its count of FY2013 cap-subject H-1B petitions & advanced degree cap-exempt petitions receipted. As of 5/25/12, nearly 48,400 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted. Additionally, USCIS has receipted 17,500 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees.  This means that there are about 2,500 advanced degree H-1Bs remaining, and about 16,600 regular H-1Bs still available. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

A New Twist On The Dream Act?

Sergio Garcia came to the US with his parents as a young child, and he and his parents are undocumented to this day. In 2009, he graduated from law school, sat for the California bar exam, and passed. The Committee of Bar Examiners in California found that he had the positive moral character required for admission. However, he has yet to be admitted because of his immigration status. Earlier this month, the California Supreme Court agreed to consider whether an undocumented immigrant should be admitted in the state. Garcia’s lawyer contends that neither citizenship or residency is required for applicants to be admitted, and believes that other undocumented immigrants were licensed before bar examiners began asking regularly about candidates’ citizenship.

Monday, May 14, 2012

DHS Expands List Of STEM Degrees In Effort To Attract the Best Students

In an ongoing effort to attract the best and brightest students to the U.S., DHS recently announced an expansion to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) list. Student who graduate with a STEM degree enjoy an additional 17 months of OPT after graduation (for a total of 29 months). The newly added programs include pharmaceutical sciences, econometrics , and quantitative economics.