• H-1B FILING SEASON STILL ON! As anticipated, fewer H-1B filings have been lodged with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during the first week of April than in any recent year. According to the most recent update, the government has received approximately 13,500 H-1B petitions subject to the mandatory 65,000 cap and approximately 5,600 H-1B petitions towards the 20,000 cap for holders of U.S. graduate degrees. If you are still targeting any H-1B filings for the Oct. 1, 2010 approval date, act fast to maximize your chances for H-1B acceptance under the cap.
  • Greece has now been added to list of those countries eligible to participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The program allows nationals of participating countries to visit the U.S. for business or pleasure for periods up to 90 days without first having to obtain a visa. Nationals of VWP countries are required to meet certain eligibility requirements to enter the U.S. under this program and must have valid authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to traveling. The current designated VWP countries include: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Korea, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.