Friday, April 1, 2016

​Attorney Rita Sostrin Quoted in The Wall Street Journal

Attorney Rita Sostrin was quoted in an April 1, 2016 article in The Wall Street Journal, which discusses the many complexities of the H-1B application process for foreign workers seeking U.S. employment. As of today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun accepting H-1B visa petitions submitted for the fiscal year 2017 statutory cap that will grant 65,000 visas to H-1B workers with Bachelor’s degrees and 20,000 visas to H-1B workers with U.S.-issued advanced degrees.  Because it is likely that USCIS will receive an excess of the 85,000 application quota today, a computer-generated “lottery” process will be used to randomly select the petitions needed to meet the caps for each category.  Attorney Rita Sostrin provides insight:
““I marvel at the fact that employers are willing to pay thousands of dollars just to get a chance to be subjected to a random lottery,” said Los Angeles-based Rita Sostrin, among many attorneys who said their H-1B business has grown significantly this year.”
Furthermore, The Wall Street Journal’s Mariam Jordan writes:
“Ms. Sostrin predicted that individuals competing for a visa in the regular “skilled” category, for people with a bachelor’s degree, will have less than a 20% chance of being selected in a lottery. Those with advanced degrees will have less than a 50% chance, she said.”
You can read the entire article here on The Wall Street Journal.  

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