H-1B Cap Season 2020

First of all, though USCIS has announced numerous operational changes (including a temporary reprieve from the requirement for wet ink signatures, and the – not unexpected – suspension of premium processing) at this time they have not announced any changes to the cap lottery and filing timeline. 

Here’s what you can expect:
March 31: Date by which USCIS intends to notify selected registrants.
April 1: The earliest date that FY 2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions may be filed.
Registration Selection Notifications USCIS intends to notify registrants (employers) and their representatives (attorneys) with selected registrations via their USCIS online accounts no later than March 31, 2020. A registrant’s USCIS online account will show one of the four following statuses for each registration:
Submitted: A registration status may continue to show “Submitted” after the initial selection process has been completed. “Submitted” registrations will remain in consideration for selection until the end of the fiscal year, at which point all registration statuses will be Selected, Not Selected or Denied.
Selected: Selected to file an FY 2021 H-1B cap-subject petition.
NotSelected: Not selected for this fiscal year.

  • Please note that a registration will not reflect a status of Not Selected until the conclusion of the fiscal year. In the event that USCIS determines that it needs to increase the number of registrations projected to meet the H-1B regular cap or the advanced degree exemption allocation, USCIS will select from registrations held in reserve to meet the H-1B regular cap or advanced degree exemption allocation.

Denied: The same registrant or representative submitted more than one registration on the beneficiary’s behalf for the same fiscal year. All registrations the registrant or representative submitted on behalf of the same beneficiary for the same fiscal year are invalid.
H-1B cap-subject beneficiaries, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must have a “Selected” registration notification in order for a registrant or representative to properly file an H-1B cap-subject petition for FY 2021. Registrants and representatives will not receive non-selection notifications until the conclusion of the fiscal year. Until that time, the status of registrations not selected as part of any initial random selection process and not denied will remain as “Submitted.”
As always, feel free to contact us with any questions, to schedule a consultation, or to initiate an H-1B filing.

L’administration Trump reporte l’application du “Startup visa” d’Obama

YALI 2016Les entrepreneurs étrangers devront s’accrocher à leur H-1B ou E-2. Le Département de la Sécurité Intérieure (DHS) a indiqué dans un memo publié en ligne lundi 10 juillet que l’entrée en vigueur d’une règle adoptée sous Barack Obama permettant aux entrepreneurs dirigeant des startups prometteuses de venir ou de rester aux Etats-Unis serait reportée au 14 mars 2018. Et peut-être abandonnée à l’issue d’une période de commentaires publics. La mesure devait entrer en vigueur le 17 juillet. Continue reading

6 Start-Up Tips from the Harvard Africa Business Conference – The Art of the Side Hustle

For those old enough to recall the film ‘Trading Places’ (one of my favourites), you’ll indulge me as I reflect on how a quest for speaking at Harvard started in the 80’s after watching Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) and Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) exchange lives in an involuntary social experiment, with Winthorpe at one stage cursing “he was wearing my Harvard tie, as if he went to Harvard”.

The idea of ‘Trading Places’ was apt as we launched into our panel on ‘The Art of the Side Hustle’ at Harvard Business School’s Africa Business Conference 2016, with panellists who trade places every night between being Corporate superstars to Hustlerpreneurs. Accompanied by five of these ‘Nocturnal Superheroes’ (Nmachi Jidenma (CP Africa), Nadia Shash (Made in), Okechukwu Ofili (ofilispeaks.com/Okadabooks), Kwame Andah (Coders4Africa) and ‘say Chale, and you’ll miss a verse’ Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie), we hustled our way through a packed agenda of topics to the energetic reception of a sell-out crowd. MORE

10th Africa Business Forum at Stanford

The Africa Business Forum at Stanford is the premier event in the Bay Area for those curious and excited about business in Africa. It is an excellent opportunity to learn about various business opportunities you might want to explore. Come listen to distinguished speakers who are shaping the future of some of the world’s fastest growing countries.

As we enter the second decade of the forum, we will explore the theme of Shifting Tides: Diversifying Economies and Creating Quality Growth. We will hear from leaders in agriculture, e-commerce, education, energy, finance, healthcare, manufacturing and technology. All are welcome to attend. Whether you speak one of the 2000+ languages of Africa or cannot tell the difference between Guinea and Guinea-Bissau, we invite you to come and engage in discussion with thought leaders and entrepreneurs. The theme Shifting Tides: Diversifying Economies and Creating Quality Growth captures the rise of a new type of growth in Africa and one that is not driven by resource extraction and that can be sustained for the long run. The forum will showcase how enterprising individuals and organizations across Africa are delivering the services that Africans are demanding. MORE

Technology: African developers celebrated at Facebook’s annual F8 conference

African developers shared the stage with Facebook and developers from around the world, showcasing innovative products and services they have created for their local communities and the global market
Facebook (www.Facebook.com) celebrated the achievements and products of its growing African developer and partner ecosystem at its annual F8 developer conference (www.FBF8.com), held in San Jose, California, on 18 and 19 April. African developers shared the stage with Facebook and developers from around the world, showcasing innovative products and services they have created for their local communities and the global market.

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Jeunes entrepreneurs, voici une opportunité en or

ges2015Postulez pour participer au sommet mondial de l’entreprenariat qui aura lieu le 23 et 24 juin 2016 à la Silicon Valley aux Etats-Unis.

GES est le sigle anglais pour Global Entrepreneurship Summit. Un évènement international qui se tient une fois par an pour booster les rencontres entre les entrepreneurs du monde.

Postulez avant le 18 février 2016. Cliquez ici


First Silicon Valley Convening of Global Leaders and Entrepreneurs Invested in the Future of Africa

sanfranciscoSANTA CLARA, CA – The African Diaspora Network has partnered with International diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA) and Homestrings to bring to the Valley the inaugural African Diaspora Investment Symposium. The event will take place January 29-30th at the Biltmore Hotel and Suites in Santa Clara, California.   Continue reading

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Parler salaire c’est tabou partout et les Etats-Unis n’échappent pas à la règle. Cependant, afin de savoir s’ils sont bien ou mal payés, beaucoup de personnes aux Etats-Unis utilisent ces sites: Continue reading