A good overview article on Inc.com on the H1-B.
How to Obtain an H1-B Visa
The employer-centric article hits hits the main points of an H1-B. As noted before, the numbers for the H1-B visa this year is down as it was last two years, so as of June 2011, there are plenty of H1-B visa slots. As to employers hiring, that’s a different issue . . .
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E-2 visa helps many non-U.S. citizens start small firms.
Los Angeles Times article revisits an old standby, the E-2 visa, aimed at small business entrepreneurs.
A few things to keep in mind about the article:
1) It discusses a $50,000 minimum investment, but that number was plucked from a now unpublished guidance memo. The minimum varies from consular office to consular office and the business being proposed, but oftentimes it is much higher than the $50,000.
2) The E-2 only works if the foreign national’s country has an E-2 treaty in place. Check this list from the US State Department to make sure you qualify:
Official List of E-2 Treaty Countries
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As a follow up to an earlier post about the plummeting H1-B applications, the Wall Street Journal discusses some of the issues plaguing the H1-B visas:
Wall Street Journal: Long-Prized Tech Visas Lose Cachet
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There used to be a time when there was an actual lottery for the 65,000 H1-B slots. A few years ago, USCIS would get 120,000 application on the second day of accepting applications (April 2nd) and then shut down accepting any more applications. A lottery would ensue — giving one a rough 2 to 1 chance to even get _accepted_.
For fiscal year 2011, when applications were accepted on April 1, 2010 to begin work on Oct. 1, 2010 — the cap was not reached until January of 2011.
This year, as of May 15, 2011, only 10,000+ applications have been received.
I would imagine that an increase in H1-B numbers, if it happens, will be a good indicator of a true economic recovery in the US.
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As of August 7, 2009, only 44,900 H1-B applications have been received. The number of applications has not changed from the update in July.
H1-B visas are still available.
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