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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing from June 1, 2020

May 29, 2020

USCIS announced today that it will resume Premium Processing in three phases starting June 8, 2020. USCIS timeline of Premium Processing Suspension Mar 16, 2020  – H1B Visa 2021 Premium…

COVID-19 vs Undergrad College Admissions for High School – Class of 2024 & 2025

May 5, 2020

So, what’s happening in the College Admissions landscape due to COVID-19? I’m talking about the impact of Coranavirus for High School students in the USA. I would say- A lot!…

Immigration Suspension Executive Order is Signed – Quick Summary & Analysis

April 22, 2020

April 22, 2020 – 7:19 PM – President Trump signed the Executive Order to suspend the issuance of an immigrant visa for 60 days, but it includes exceptions. For now,…

Green Card Issuance To Be SUSPENDED for 60 Days – H1B, OPT – No Impact

April 20, 2020

Now we have clarity about the Immigration Suspension. Here’s what President Trump said today during the White House briefing “I will be issuing a temporary suspension of immigration into the…

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About 900 H1B Visa Registrations Denied as Duplicate Entires

April 14, 2020

Information sourced from AILA Doc. No. 20033136 AILA followed up with USCIS for additional clarification and information regarding the H-1B registration duplicate submission issue that members have been reporting. USCIS…

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Day 1 CPT University – Is it Legal But Unethical?

April 14, 2020

It’s the time of the year where people are looking for Day 1 CPT Colleges and Universities. April and May is the time of the year, where there are passionate,…

H1B Visa 2021 Receipt Numbers & H1B Visa Processing Will Be Delayed

April 13, 2020

USCIS announced a delay in Data Entry and Receipt Number Generation for H1B Visa 2021. This delay is also expected to impact the H1B Visa Processing time. According to USCIS,…

This is How Your H1B Visa Lottery Selection Notice Looks (Screenshots)

March 28, 2020

H1B Visa Registration System lottery is complete. The H1B Visa Lottery Results is Ready. Employers and Authorized Representative will be notified of Selection status before March 31, 2020. If the…

Total H1B Visa Cap Count 2021 and Lottery Results – 275,000+

March 27, 2020

Finally, the H1B Visa 2021 Lottery is Completed. USCIS announced that the H1B Visa 2021 Electronic Registration Process is Complete in a News Alert. Just recently USIS announced additional statistics –…

Coronovirus Updates for F1, OPT & H1B Visa Holders

March 18, 2020

Coronavirus Pandemic is having a devastating impact on a personal level. F1 students in the USA who are attending school are in no man’s land when schools and dorms close…

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News Flash: All H1B & I-140 Premium Processing is Suspended (incl H1B 2021)

March 16, 2020

USCIS suspends all Premium Processing. Mar 16, 2020  – H1B Visa 2021 Premium Processing is Suspended Mar 20, 2020 – All H1B and I-140 Premium Processing is Suspended due to…

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News: All Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Appointments Cancelled in India, Dropbox Works

March 13, 2020

Breaking News – All immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments in the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India is Cancelled until further notice. Last Updated: Mar 15 – 2 PM EST The…

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GRE Score 315 – Strategies + My Daily & Weekly Test Prep Plan

January 28, 2020

Rizwana recently took the GRE Test, and she scored 315. That’s well above the average score of 301. Here’s a quick summary: GRE Score: 315 GRE Test Prep Time: 3…

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List of US Immigration Terms, Acronyms with Explanation

January 27, 2020

Non-Immigrant in the USA will run into several immigration terms that you may not understand. Here is a list of standard US immigration terms you will come across as an…

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Warning for Cap-Gap for OPT & STEM OPT vs New FY 2021 H1B Process

January 24, 2020

Warning: Talk to your Immigration Attorney about the impact of New H1B Visa Lottery Registration and How it impacts your OPT or STEM OPT Cap-Gap.  You are used to reading…

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New H1B Visa 2021 Process vs Old Lottery [Visual Guide]

January 22, 2020

New H1B Visa 2021 season and Pre-Registration for Cap-Subject H1B Visa Quota will open from March 1, 2020. New H1B Visa Registration System = New Process and Deadlines.  USCIS is…

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Sneak Peek Into H1B Visa Registration Tool [with Screenshots]

January 20, 2020

Are you wondering how this brand new H1B Visa registration tool looks? What information is entered by the employers about the H1B Visa applicants? Are there any checks implemented to…

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H1B Visa 2021 Lottery Registration, Timeline, Dates of New H1B Visa Proceess

January 17, 2020

H1B Visa 2021 season starts on March 1, 2020 (not April 1, 2020). This H1B 2021 season is going to be a bumpy ride! New lottery registration process = Unanswered…

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Early Action Admission Deadline, Timeline and List of EA Colleges

January 16, 2020

Early Action or EA allows you to apply early for colleges without a binding contract. Early Action = Early admission decision. Well, it’s not as fast as Early Decision (ED),…

Early Decision College: Complete List by State (& Growing)

January 14, 2020

The decision to pick just one college for an Early Decision (ED) deadline is not an easy task when it comes to a price tag of $250,000 to $300,000 for…

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The Best Feature of H1B Visa Pre-Registration Tool is the Reserve Pool (+ 5 FAQ’s)

December 12, 2019

Dear H1B Visa Applicant: Welcome to Part 1 of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about the brand new H1B Visa Pre-Registration Tool and new H1B Visa Lottery process. If you…

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11 FAQ’s About H1B Visa Lottery Registration Tool (with a Solution to Stop Multiple Filings)

December 11, 2019

An end of H1B Visa era! New H1B Visa Registration Tool will be used to avoid the H1B Visa lottery madness from March 2020 (for H1B Visa Fiscal Year 2021).…

Top 20 Responses for “This Best Thing You Learned as a Student in the USA” Are Going Viral

November 27, 2019

The benefits of Studying abroad come with a package of learning opportunities. So, I wanted to know, “The one best thing student’s learned in the USA as a student.” After…

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You Don’t Have to Apply for 100’s of Jobs After Reading This!

November 22, 2019

Let me tell you a story about a policeman and a drunkard. Have you heard about The Drunkards Principle? A policeman sees a drunk man searching for something under a…

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Should Indian Students Still Come to Study in the USA? [2019 Edition]

October 10, 2019

I started feeling happy for the kids and their families who decided to stay back in India than to face the same fate as many international students here in the…

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Myth 5 – Bachelors is 4 Years & Masters is 2 Years Program

October 8, 2019

In this article, our guest Abdul busts one more myth – Master’s is a two-year program while bachelors is a four-year program He has busted four myths so far about…

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Myth 8 – It is Only Possible to be Enrolled at One University at a Time

October 8, 2019

This is the final myth. Have you considered studying at two universities at the same time? You might wonder why anyone would want to do that? Or is it even…

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Myth 7 – OPT is Available Only After Graduation

October 8, 2019

Should you apply for OPT to continue to work when CPT is not available? Myth 7 – We need to graduate and get OPT to start working for a company…

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Myth 6 – Employer Will Not Apply for Green Card On Your First Year of Employment

October 8, 2019

Have you ever wondered when you should ask your employer to start your Green Card Process? How should you ask your employer? Then you have to read this article and…

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Myth 3 – It’s Impossible to Get Part-Time or Scholarships for F1 Students

October 7, 2019

The general view among International students is that it’s tough to find part-time, on-camp jobs or assistantship positions. But, is it really true? Is it impossible to get any part-time…

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How to Get FICA Tax Refund for F1, OPT & STEM OPT

October 7, 2019

Students on CPT, OPT, STEM OPT are exempt from FICA Taxes (Social Security and Medicare Taxes). In other words, you don’t have to pay FICA taxes on your paycheck. Some…

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FICA Taxes Refund Timeline – 6 Months & More

October 7, 2019

Have you applied for a FICA tax refund with IRS? Then you are probably want to know the FICA Tax refund timeline and process. I remember some F1, OPT students…

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Bill S386 Status, Latest Updates and News – Blocked by 4th Senator Now

October 2, 2019

Senate Bill S386 – Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019  is co-sponsored by Senator Mike Lee and Senator Kamala Harris. Sponsors are trying to get this bill S386 voted…

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New SEVP Policy: Direct Relationship Between Employment and Area of Study to be Determined by DSO

October 1, 2019

On Sept. 30, 2019, SEVP published new policy guidance – “Practical Training: Determining a Direct Relationship Between Employment and a Student’s Major Area of Study.” This new SEVP policy was…

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How to Get Graduate Research Assistantship? 50% Perseverance, 30% University Specific and 20% Luck!

September 30, 2019

I’m part of the former, a Graduate Student in Civil Engineering at Iowa State University. I’ve been going through this blog, and while it’s a treasure chest of info, I…

Which is Better – Research Assistantship vs Teaching Assistantship?

September 27, 2019

So, do you want to know which is better? Which is better: Teaching Assistantship, Research Assistantship, or Graduate Assistantship? Before we look into this, make sure you have read the…

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#1 Reason to Use MPower Financing International Student Loans and Reviews

September 27, 2019

Did you know International students can get no cosigner loan from MPower Financing? There were no private loan providers like Mpower Financing when I came to study in the US.…

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How to Get Financial Aid From the Professor in the USA in Your Grad School?

September 27, 2019

If you like to get a Research Assistant and some cases Teaching Assistant position, then you have to work with professors and help them with their research. Some of the…

Types of Financial Aid – Assistantships, Fellowships, Scholarships vs Grants

September 25, 2019

Let start with a few simple questions. What’s the difference between Financial Aid and Scholarship? What’s the difference between Fellowships and Scholarship and a Grant? You probably don’t know the…

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Top 10 Tweets About S386 Bill – Green Card Country Cap Removal

September 24, 2019

The S386 Bill: Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 – aka Country Cap Removal for Employment-Based Green Card Bill. Senator from Georgia David Perdue blocked this bill S386. The…

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US Green Card Process Steps and Stages for EB1, EB2 and EB3

September 22, 2019

In this article (and video), you can learn about the Green Card Process and various steps involved for EB1, EB2, and EB3 category. You may be applying for Green Card…

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Use These 20 Questions as a Guide to Plan Your H4 to F1 Visa Conversion

September 11, 2019

Are you looking for an optimal Path for H4 to F1 Visa to a Career in the USA? For some, the path would be smooth and straight forward. For others,…

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Buying a Home While on OPT or H1B Visa – Analysis & the Math

August 16, 2019

Should you buy a home while you are on H1B Visa? Should you buy a home while you are on F1 Visa – OPT or STEM OPT? When it comes…

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Here’s My Experience with Refinancing Student Loan with Prodigy Finance [Video]

August 7, 2019

I spoke with Chandu; he recently refinanced his student loan with Prodigy Finance. His student loan interest rate from India = 13% The interest rate with Prodigy Finance After Refinance…

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EB5 Visa India – Retrogression, Backlog for India. 8+ Years Waiting Times

August 6, 2019

EB5 China is Backlogged. EB5 Vietnam is Backlogged. EB5 India is also retrogressed. And it doesn’t stop with India. Brazil, Taiwan, and South Korea could be next. Current wait time for…

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EB5 Visa Investments: Direct, Direct Pooled vs Regional Center

August 6, 2019

Given a choice, would you prefer to invest in own business over Direct Pooled or a Regional Center Project? Of course, you would say yes. Who wouldn’t want to invest the hard-earned money…

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Can $500,000 Investment be Any Type of EB5 Projects?

August 5, 2019

Question from EB5 Visa Newbie – Can an EB5 Investor invest in any EB5 Visa Projects? And are there any restrictions on types of business that qualify for EB5 Visa? Good…

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EB5 Visa Investment – $500,000 or $1,000,000? (or $900,000 or 1.8 Million)

August 5, 2019

As of now (at this time of writing), EB-5 Visa Investment Amount is at $500,000 or $1,000,000. But, how to find if a specific EB5 project qualifies for $500,000 or…

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How H1B Visa and H4 Visa Workers Can Afford $500,000 for EB5 Visa?

August 5, 2019

Have you wondered how someone on H1B Visa and H4 Visa could afford $500,000 + Admin Fee + Attorney Fee, which add up to $575,000? The minimum investment amount is $500,000…

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20 FAQ’s – EB5 Visa for H1B Visa Holders

August 5, 2019

On a Friday night, you meet with friends for a drink and dinner. You start talking about EB3, EB2 and never moving Priority Date. One of your friends casually mentions…