Nina Thekdi

Nina Thekdi

Varnum LLP

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New DHS Rule Gives Employers, Employees Flexibility in the Face of Immigrant Visa Backlogs

The Department of Homeland Security published a final rule on November 18, 2016, relating to certain employment-based visa programs. The new regulations will go into effect on January 17, 2017. The rule focuses on job...more

11/30/2016 - DHS E-1 E-2 E-3 Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) Grace Period H-1B H-1B1 I-140 L-1 TN-Visas Visas

Immigration Update: USCIS Announces Filing Fee Increases

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) published new fee schedule for immigration and naturalization benefit requests. The fee schedule was last adjusted on November 23, 2010. The rule is in effect for applications or...more

10/28/2016 - Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) Fees Form I-765 H-1B I-129 I-130 I-140 I-485 Applications Immigrants Immigration Procedures L-Visas USCIS USCIS Immigrant Fee Visa Applications Visas

Immigration as Mechanism for Growth in the Automotive Industry

Detroit, Michigan is often described as the heart of the automotive industry. With this title comes the inevitable responsibility of continuing to boost the industry's growth. Often, this growth includes hiring an increasing...more

8/23/2016 - Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Foreign Workers H-1B Hiring & Firing Immigrants L-Visas TN-Visas

Last Call for New Cap H-1Bs and International Student STEM Optional Practical Training Changes

April 1 is the filing date for new H-1B cap subject applications. There is a 7-day process that must be completed through Department of Labor prior to filing. If you have any potential H-1B petitions (foreign students on...more

3/14/2016 - DHS Foreign Students H-1B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa OPT Popular STEM Visa Caps

Employers: April 1 Start Date for 2016 H-1B Visa Applications

Employers may first apply for 2016 H-1B visas for individuals not currently in H-1B status on April 1, 2015 with a start date of October 1, 2015. USCIS received approximately 172,500 H-1B petitions during the first week...more

1/12/2015 - Filing Deadlines H-1B Hiring & Firing Lottery USCIS Visa Caps Visas

Employers: April 1 Start Date For 2015 H-1B Visa Applications

Employers may first apply for 2015 H-1B visas for individuals not currently in H-1B status on April 1, 2014 with a start date of October 1, 2014. USCIS received approximately 124,000 H-1B petitions during the first week...more

2/11/2014 - H-1B Immigrants USCIS Visas

FY 2014 H-1B Visa Cap Closed And Lottery Selection Process

On April 5, 2013, USCIS closed FY 2014 H-1B filings after receipt of approximately 124,000 petitions. USCIS conducted a lottery process to determine the 20,000 U.S. Master Degree and 65,000 general category H-1Bs to be...more

4/9/2013 - H-1B Immigration Reform Lottery USCIS Visas

2014 H-1B Visas

Employers may first apply for 2014 H-1B visas for individuals not currently in H-1B status on April 1, 2013 with a start date of October 1, 2013. The 2013 H-1B visa cap was reached on June 11, 2012 and this year we expect the...more

1/31/2013 - H-1B Visas

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