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Labor Certification Offers Employers More Permanent Options For Skilled Workers

The foreign worker program in the United States allows employers to hire non-American workers for a variety of skilled and unskilled positions. Most employers are familiar with the H-1 temporary work visa program; however,...more

USCIS Announces FY 2017 H-1B Visa Cap Reached

On April 7, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory quota of 65,000 standard H-1B petitions and the cap exemption of...more

New STEM OPT Rules: More than Just an Extra Seven Months of Work Authorization

On March 11, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its final rule on enhancements to the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for F-1 international students in science, technology, engineering...more

H-1B Cap Reached — Lottery Initiated and Premium Processing Delayed

On April 7, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it reached the statutory cap of H-1B petitions for fiscal year (FY) 2017. As predicted, the USCIS received a heavy demand for the...more

DHS Issues STEM OPT Final Rule

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") recently issued its long-awaited F–1 nonimmigrant student visa regulations on optional practical training (“OPT”) for certain students with degrees in science, technology,...more

USCIS Guidance on “Same or a Similar” Occupation for AC21 Welcomed

In a welcome move, on March 18, 2016 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released policy guidance for its officers to help them decide “green card portability” cases....more

Final STEM OPT Rule Released - Effective May 10, 2016

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a final rule that allows foreign graduates of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (“STEM”) programs from U.S. universities an additional 24 months of F-1 Optional...more

Immigration Bulletin – USCIS Announces New STEM OPT Regulations

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued new F-1 student visa regulations that increase the amount of Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment authorization available to foreign students with...more

New DHS Rule Creates Extended Work Authorization for STEM Graduates - Side Benefit is a Potential H-1B Workaround

On March 11, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security issued a long-anticipated final rule allowing certain foreign students with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees earned in the U.S. to extend their...more

Breaking News: DHS Publishes New STEM OPT Rule with effective date of May 10, 2016

On March 10, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security published the new STEM Optional Practical Training (“OPT”) final rule in the Federal Register. The effective date of this new final rule is May 10, 2016, the date that...more

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

New 24-month F-1 STEM OPT Rule Effective May 10, 2016

On March 9, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted to the Federal Register an advance copy of its final rule regarding certain F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) extensions. The new rule replaces the...more

Prepare H-1B Visa Petitions Now to Meet April 2016 Filing Deadline

The H-1B visa filing period for Fiscal Year 2017 begins on April 1, 2016, and filing H-1B visa petitions on that date is the best plan for U.S. employers interested in hiring degreed skilled foreign workers....more

Revised Rules for H-1B1, E-3 and CW-1 Workers and EB-1 Petitioners

DHS recently published amended regulations affecting certain highly skilled workers in specialty occupations from Chile, Singapore (H-1B1) and Australia (E-3), nonimmigrant workers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana...more

DHS Launches Trial Program to Streamline Employment Visa Applications

On March 3, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its launch of the Known Employer Program, under which certain employers are eligible to use an online platform to submit information that can be used...more

USCIS Prepares To Close Discussion On Business Visa Overhaul

Washington, DC – February 22, 2016—The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Department is set to close discussion on rules changes to employment visas for immigrants and non-immigrants. The changes would...more

Important Reminders for Employers Regarding this Year's H-1B Cap

As we head into the final month before petitions for H-1B visas must be filed for Fiscal Year 2017, employers should keep the following information in mind: FEIN Validation - If an employer has not filed a labor...more

H-1B Season and a Lesson from Disney

H-1B Cap season is approaching, and, with a similar flurry to file petitions for eligible specialized knowledge workers expected for April 1 as we experienced in 2015, H-1B employers should carefully consider the obligations...more

H-1B Work Permit Filings: Will You Beat the Cap?

This Management Alert is intended to enable employers to identify any current employees and employment candidates who may require H-1B work permit sponsorship before October 1, 2017. We recommend that employers identify any...more

Reminder: H-1B Petition Deadline is April 1: Employers Need to Act Now

This is a quick reminder that employers should prepare now if they plan to file H-1B petitions on April 1, 2016 for the fiscal year commencing October 1, 2016. It is expected that the demand for H-1Bs will be very strong once...more

H-1B Visa Filings on an Upward Trend

United States businesses who are in need of workers with specialty skills often face quite a dilemma due to the shortage of qualified American workers in certain fields. Many of these businesses turn to the H-1B Visa program...more

Immigration Update: H-1B Cap Season and a Cautionary Fairy Tale; Changing ESTA/VWP Questions Answered; Improvements to E-3, H-1B1,...

H-1B Cap season is approaching, and, with a similar flurry to file petitions for eligible specialized knowledge workers expected for April 1 as we experienced in 2015, H-1B employers should carefully consider the obligations...more

US Government Raises Fees for Business Visas

Businesses across the country are coming to grips with increased fees for H-1B and L-1 visas granted to non-immigrant applicants. The fees have been raised following concerns that holders of these visas were “squeezing”...more

Department of Homeland Security Issues Proposed Regulations Regarding Retention and Portability of High-Skilled Workers

On December 31, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) issued proposed regulations to address the retention and portability of high-skilled foreign workers. The new regulations were promulgated in furtherance of...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - February 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Common Ground - Negotiating Reasonable Deal Terms (may require free registration) - Any number of terms can be critical to a good deal. Christoper...more

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