Author Archives: Vic Goel

About Vic Goel

Vic Goel is Managing Partner of Goel & Anderson. His practice includes strategic immigration planning to assist domestic and multinational corporations with recruitment and hiring of international professionals, highly skilled technicians, managers, executives, and students. Vic has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Immigration Law, and was awarded a Distinguished Peer Review Rating for legal ability and ethical standards from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. He has also been selected for inclusion in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, a publication that identifies the preeminent lawyers in the field through annual peer recommendations. He can be contacted at vic.goel@goellaw.com.

As FY2017 H-1B filing begins, yet another study confirms the role of immigrants as job creators

To most Americans, April 1st is known as April Fools’ Day, but to immigration attorneys and many of their clients, April 1st is better known as the day when U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) begins accepting petitions that will be counted against the coming fiscal year’s allocation of H-1B visas. Over the past year, many presidential candidates and much of … more

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Employment Agency Owner Charged with H-1B Fraud

From a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Press Release… The owner of a Los Angeles employment agency has been indicted on immigration fraud charges for allegedly filing more than 100 phony H-1B visa petitions on behalf of aliens she falsely claimed had been recruited for positions with prominent hospitals and non-profit organizations. Lilia Tabafunda, 57, the owner of People’s Resources … more

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As India and China EB-2 Priority Dates Advance, Does a Freeze or Retrogression Look Likely in 2012?

The U.S. Department of State just issued the January 2012 Visa Bulletin, heralding a ten month improvement in priority date cut-offs for Indian and Chinese nationals in the second employment-based visa preference category, more commonly known as the “EB-2” classification.  While this rapid advancement in visa cut-off dates is truly welcome news, eligible EB-2 visa beneficiaries are well advised to … more

Filed Under: Department of State, EB-2, EB-3, Green Card, I-140, I-485 Adjustment of Status, Priority Dates, U.S. Embassies and Consulates, USCIS, Visa Bulletin | 1 Comment

FY2012 H-1B Cap has been Exhausted

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that it received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the statutory cap for FY 2012 as of November 22, 2011.  USCIS also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption as of October 19, 2011.  USCIS will reject cap-subject petitions for … more

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Department of Commerce Issues Advisory Opinion on Applicability of Export Control Regulations to Staffing Firms

Shedding light on an issue that has vexed many employers of H-1B, H-1B, L-1, and O-1A foreign nationals since the new Form I-129 was unveiled last year, the U.S. Department of Commerce has issued an informal advisory opinion on the applicability of the “deemed export” provisions of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) where foreign nationals work at a third party client … more

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Colbert teams up with UFW over immigration.

Colbert teams up with UFW over immigration. http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9GRIOAO0.htm

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USCIS Finally Issues Official H-1B Cap Count for FY2011

Now that a full week has passed since the opening of the filing period for cap-subject H-1B visa petitions, USCIS has finally issued its first official tally of the number of filings received thus far toward the FY2011 H-1B visa cap. The immigration agency has announced that as of April 8, 2010, it has received a total of 19,100 H-1B … more

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H-1B Cap Count: USCIS’ Vermont Service Center Discloses Initial FY2011 H-1B Cap Usage Numbers

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is reporting that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services received a total of 9,525 cap-subject H-1B petitions at its Vermont Service Center as of the close of business on Monday, April 5, 2010.  It should be noted that these preliminary numbers do not include FY2011 H-1B cap-subject cases received by the California Service Center (CSC).  For more info … more

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Immigration Authorities Play Hardball; Possible Removal for Terror Attack Widow and Criminal Convictions for CBP Officer and Immigration Attorney

The conventional wisdom is that a Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill has no chance of passage unless Congress and the public are convinced that the Obama administration is serious about going after immigration violators. Perhaps that’s why the widow of a rabbi murdered in the Mumbai terrorist attacks finds herself subject to travel restrictions and possible removal after overusing her visitor’s visa by regularly … more

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AILA Responds to USCIS Neufeld Memo on H-1B “Employer-Employee” Relationship

On March 19, 2010, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) submitted a memo to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) leadership addressing issues raised by the January 8, 2010 policy memorandum titled “Determining Employer-Employee Relationship for Adjudication of H-1B Petitions, Including Third-Party Site Placements,” commonly known as the Neufeld H-1B Memo. AILA’s response raises some very interesting points that seem to … more

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