H1b Quota Met November 22nd, 2011 Now What?
Released on: November 30, 2011, 3:41 am
San Diego, CA, November 30th, 2011. The H1b quota has been met
and came as a surprise as just a bit earlier, there were thousands
available. However, many incoming cases were most likely not logged
into the CIS computers and thus unaccounted for. Just before
Thanksgiving, the CIS announced on November 23, 2011 that on November
22 , 2011 they had met the statutory cap of 65,000 for this year [which officially is Fiscal Year 2012]. Moreover, as of the 19th of
October, 2011, the CIS received enough petitions to meet the 20,000
quota for people under the 'advanced degree' exemption. What's next?
Well, there is an option that some of my clients consider.
First, let's preface. The H1b is the work visa for people with a degree or the
equivalent. The government defines a position that requires a degree as a
'Specialty Occupation'. If you do not have a degree you can trade 3 years'
experience in a qualifying field for a year of university training, and yes, you can
apply for your entire 4 years of college to be waived if your equivalency is
granted. The equivalency is evaluated by a CEF, or credentials evaluation firm, that
an immigration lawyer can refer you to. The CIS has the right to challenge them but
such a situation is rarely seen by us. The more common challenge is that you will
have a position the CIS does not feel requires a degree in the first place. This
type of challenge can be quite a burden so make certain that your position is a
high-level one so this problem is not one you will face.
At this time, the only things an H1 applicant can do is extend a current H1, change
employers, change employment terms, or work in a second H1 position. This last one
is interesting. If a person is already on an H1 visa, he or she can still apply for
a second one to hold concurrently. A lot of people are not aware that an H1 can be
used for part-time employment or that the person is able to work for two companies
simultaneously. There is one last two-part solution.
Some people who call us are businesspeople in their own country. However, thinking
the transition to the US is hard, they secure employment with an American company so
that they can make the move with some level of security. The trade-off, apart from a
loss of independence, is a loss of earning capacity...of course this applies to
anyone in any country. However, some of the people calling us are highly
talented...but afraid. For those of you who are not afraid of entrepreneurial risk,
Some of our callers have companies in foreign countries. If you have owned your
company in your country (or any country for that matter) for a year and it is
legitimate and creates revenue, you may be eligible for an L1 visa. In order to
qualify, simply invest in a company in the United States and own at least 51% of it.
If you are the manager or executive of that firm, you may remain in the United
States for up to a year. However, a year later you may apply for the highest level
Green Card there is, the EB1, and if you qualify, you may have it a year or so
later. That particular type of Green Card does not require that the position (of the
Green Card applicant) be advertised. That is a great advantage because if people
more qualified than you apply for your position, they will move you off your place
on the chess board of immigration. Another plus is that you don't have to wait for
the current 8 or so years for your Green Card. A benefit of the L1 is that your
spouse will have work authorization.
A second option is available for people who do not own a current business. If you
are from a Treaty Country (primarily Canada, Mexico, Australia, and most of Western
Europe), you can apply for the E1 or E2, also called E-2 visa. The E visa group if
for foreign investors who want to open a company in the United States. The reason I
mention it is because a lot of people calling me seem to confuse the EB5 or EB-5
category with the E visa and think they must invest a million dollars and hire 10 US
employees. The EB5 is too complex to discuss now and will be the covered in another
article. However, with the E visa, we have successfully won cases with investments
of $100,000 and a good business plan.
Many talented people feel that the H1B visa is their only option. It's not. Sure,
investing in your own company is risky, but so is working for someone else. If you
are entrepreneurial, the E visa may turn your financial life around. Although the
world economy is in a slump, the United States values brilliance and hard work. If
you have a plan, maybe you can take it to the next step. For more information on
the E and L visas, feel free to visit www.my-immigration-attorney.com/index-2.html.
If you are moving to the United States, we created a site to help you understand the
country a bit better: www.usa-explained.com. I hope this helps you find another
option to the H-1b. Otherwise, you will have to wait until the new filing date of
April 1st 2012 in order to start working on October 1st, 2012. Think of what you can
do with your life between now and then as an entrepreneur!
Steven Riznyk has been an immigration attorney for 24 years and his web sites are
www.MyImmigrationAttorney.com, and for those with hiccups in their past,
www.WaiverStrategy.com. He deals with entrepreneurs worldwide and his business law
web site is www.SanDiegoBizLaw.com. He is a well-known business attorney, having
served clients in 54 countries and has created the first firm in the country that is
equal parts business law firm and management consulting firm. His firm is equipped
to fly all over the country to help clients launch their new business from either a
legal or consulting standpoint. His firm is a member of the San Diego Better
Business Bureau. With one of the highest success rates in the country, his firm does
not take on cases it does not feel it can win, which translates to only one of ten
potential cases being taken on by the firm.
Contact Details: 3111 Camino Del Rio North Suite 310
San Diego, Ca 92108
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