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Expect Stricter Scrutiny of Foreign Student Enrollment and Work Authorization Programs in 2014

In light of both a recent Government Accountability Office report on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Optional Practical Training (OPT) program as well as the newly-launched Student and Exchange Visitor Program...more

Could Einstein Get a Green Card? Proposed DHS Changes Signal New Opportunities for American Colleges and Universities

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proposing to expand the current list of evidentiary criteria for employment-based first preference (EB-1) outstanding professors and researchers to include a “comparable...more

Work and Travel Guidance for F-1 Students with Pending H-1B “Change of Status” Applications and “Cap-Gap” Employment Authorization

This advisory summarizes key travel and employment issues if you are an F-1 student with Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment eligibility and an H-1B filing on your behalf has been accepted by US Citizenship and...more

Traveling outside the United States for F-1 Students during Cap-Gap Extension

As you may know, F-1 students who filed H-1B petitions and were accepted as part of the lottery are eligible for cap-gap extension coverage. This allows F-1 students who have a pending or approved H-1B petition to have their...more

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: H-1B Cap Reached in the First Week of Filing

On April 5, 2013, USCIS announced that it had received more than the allotted 65,000 “regular” and 20,000 US master’s degree applications for H-1B status. ...more

Proposed Reform to Fuel Entrepreneurship

In a bid to reduce the loss of talent and jobs to countries like Canada, Chile and the United Kingdom, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators, including Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Mark Warner, D-Va., Chris Coons, D-Del. and Roy Blunt,...more

The Immigration Innovation Act

Just days ago, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators announced their support for a bill that would greatly increase the number of highly-skilled immigrants who could legally enter and reside in the U.S....more

More H-1B Visas Would Benefit U.S. Economy

The U.S. system of colleges and universities is one of the country’s greatest strengths, attracting the best and the brightest students from around the world. Unfortunately, when those students are finished studying here,...more

Hospitality Update, No. 3, September 2012: The Benefits Of J-1 Workers – And The Costs

Many hospitality employers use the Exchange Visitor Program which is intended to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by educational and cultural exchanges....more

Hospitality Update - September 2012, No. 3

In This Issue: - Baristas and Buttons: NLRB v. Starbucks By Craig A. Cowart (Memphis)- The next time you stop in for your morning “must-have” caffeine, take a look at your Starbucks barista. He or she is likely to...more

UK Government Introduces Further Changes to Immigration Rules

New changes to Immigration Rules affect migrant workers and students and include minimum salary thresholds for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) applicants, a new visitor category, and a Graduate Entrepreneur route. In...more

Immigration Reforms and Updates from DHS and DOS

In a press release dated January 31, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a number of proposed administrative reforms designed to enable the United States to attract and retain highly skilled foreign...more

International Students - Timing is Everything: Social Security Numbers and Driver's Licenses.

New F, M and J nonimmigrants often apply for a driver’s license or Social Security number (SSN) either too early after entering the United States or without the proper documentation. The purpose of the following information...more

Visitor B-1/B-2 VISAS

B-1/B-2 visas are the most common nonimmigrant visas used for temporary entry into the United States. B-1 visas are typically used for business-related visits while B-2 visas are used for pleasure-related visits. With few...more

Training Programs in the U.S. for Doctors, Nurses and Administrators from China: It’s not just another Exchange Program

It seems simple. Use existing resources and talents at your university, medical school, or healthcare system to make more money, maybe a lot more money. No risk. Just a product extension. Experience as an outside...more

Update: Foreign Worker Slots Remaining for FY 2012 -- November 17th, 2011

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) still has slots available in fiscal year 2012 for foreign workers in specialty occupations under the H-1B program, but the window of opportunity is closing rapidly....more

Attention H-1B Employers - FY 2012 Visa Cap Likely to Be Reached Before End of 2011!

Does your company rely on H-1B workers to fill critical positions? Do you anticipate hiring foreign nationals in the upcoming months? Fiscal Year 2012 H-1B visas are going fast and expected to be exhausted by the end of...more

H-1B Cap Reached for U.S. Master’s Degrees; Remaining Numbers Are Diminishing

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the allotment of 20,000 H-1B petition approvals available to foreign nationals holding a U.S. master's or higher degree has been exhausted for fiscal year...more

H-1B Numbers May Run Out Before End of 2011: Quota for Master’s Degree Filled

Under immigration law, the H-1B program allows U.S. employers to hire foreign nationals in “specialty occupation” positions, which require a bachelor's degree or the equivalent. Under current law, there is a cap on the number...more

Free Business Immigration Law Event in New Jersey on December 9th, 2011

Current Trends in Business Immigration Law: Transformation, E-Verify and IMAGE - FREE SEMINAR - by David H. Nachman on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 4:43pm Current Trends in Business Immigration Law: Transformation,...more

Get A Passing Grade When Employing H-1B Teachers

Employers of foreign teachers learned some hard lessons this year about following the rules for H-1B visa holders. In March, the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) assessed over $1.7 million in civil money...more

Education Update - October 2011, No. 4

In This Issue: - Is The “Post” Man Coming To Your School? By William Blackie (Cleveland) Imagine that on November 14, 2011, as the Director of the St. James Interdenominational Faith Academy, one of the school’s...more

Stem Expansion and I-9 Central

On May 12th, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an updated STEM Designated Degree Program List including additional degrees which will now qualify for a 17-month extension of Optional Practical Training...more

GAY MARRIAGES GET RECOGNITION: CIS OFFICES ACCEPT SAME SEX MARRIAGE GREEN CARD PETITIONS - Whoever said that hell would not freeze...

GAY MARRIAGES GET RECOGNITION: CIS OFFICES ACCEPT SAME SEX MARRIAGE GREEN CARD PETITIONS - Whoever said that hell would not freeze over? There is a great deal of hype on the web that seems to have its genesis in a report...more

Teaching Hospitals Still Exempt from H-1B Caps

A liaison for the American Immigration Lawyers Association has reported that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the “USCIS”) will be sending out a clarification that teaching hospitals affiliated with a medical...more

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