How a Reluctance to Deport Pop Stars Strengthens US Immigration Policy
In today’s tenuous economic climate – and any time, for that matter – lay-offs are, unfortunately, an unavoidable part of business operations.
As we reported last month, lay-offs are particularly stressful and...more
Foreign nationals and immigration practitioners often wonder why USCIS requests all immigration status documents ever issued to an applicant when applying for adjustment of status based on employment. There is a long-standing...more
The United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit has found the owner of a medical clinic personally liable for a $1.1 million award for back pay and fines because H-1B visa and J-1 waiver fees were deducted from the pay of...more
The United States has free trade agreements with a number of countries around the world. Many of these agreements create programs to create additional immigration options for foreign nationals from those countries. For...more
The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Visa Bulletin sets out per country priority date cut-offs that regulate when an individual can begin the final phase of the lawful permanent residence (“green card”) process, either...more
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security recently reached a $115,000 civil settlement agreement with a California-based global technology company on the basis that it violated several export control...more
When a foreign national comes into the U.S. under a temporary work visa, the individual often wants to bring his or her family into the U.S. as well. Depending on the work visa obtained, the duration of the stay, and the...more
The Department of State has released its May 2014 Visa Bulletin. Each monthly visa bulletin provides the priority cutoff dates for specific countries in order to regulate the flow of visa applications. Foreign nationals are...more
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions for Fiscal Year 2015 starting April 1, 2014. The allotted number of H-1B petitions that the USCIS will accept, known as the “H-1B...more
Many foreign nationals from India were disheartened to learn that the priority cut-off date for the EB-2 work visa recently retrogressed by nearly four years, further delaying the approval process....more
Bulletin shows minor to moderate advancement of cutoff dates in all EB-2 and EB-3 categories, with the exception of EB-2 India, which will remain unchanged.
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released its March...more
I. H-1B Nonimmigrant Season Opens on April 1, 2014, for Fiscal Year 2015 -
As most H-1B employers know, there is an annual quota on the number of new H-1B petitions that can be approved each federal fiscal year. The...more
On November 7, 2013, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), issued an unpublished decision sustaining the denial of an adjustment application and holding that the respondent had failed to maintain lawful status during the...more
It has never been clear what activities are permitted while traveling to the US as a Business Visitor within the B-1 visa classification. However, Infosys Corporation (“Infosys”) is the first company to feel the wrath of the...more
In addition to the regular business start-up issues, foreign nationals who want to start or expand their businesses in America often find themselves trying to navigate the complicated regulatory scheme that includes...more
Each year millions of people come to the United States to work. But before you arrive in the United States to begin employment, there are several things that you need to know. The Chicago employment-based immigration lawyers...more
The Department of State has released its January 2014 Visa Bulletin. Each monthly visa bulletin provides the priority cutoff dates for specific countries in order to regulate the flow of visa applications. Foreign nationals...more
In August, the Office of Inspector General issued a report on L-1 visas that will undoubtedly affect the future availability and adjudication process of such visas in the future. The L-1 visa category is used by...more
There are numerous opportunities for employers to hire foreign nationals who are legally authorized to work in the U.S., but understanding the various eligible classifications and complying with verification procedures can be...more
The H-1B non-immigrant visa is available to foreign workers who are employed by U.S. companies in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields, such as scientists, engineers, or...more
The Department of State ("DOS") has announced the registration period for the DV-2015 Diversity Visa ("DV-2015") lottery. It will begin on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. EDT (GMT-4), and will conclude on Saturday,...more
There is no significant movement in cutoff dates in the employment-based categories; spouses and children of permanent resident family-based sponsors no longer remain current.
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has...more
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently learned of a new telephone scam targeting individuals and employers with applications pending with the USCIS. ...more
The O-1A visa category is available to foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, education, business, or athletics who want to work in the United States....more
EB-3 category for individuals from most countries advances significantly, and EB-2 category for individuals from India advances by five-and-a-half months.
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released its September...more
Back to Top