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FY17 H-1B Cap Filings Begin April 1, 2016

U.S. employers who sponsor foreign workers for temporary H-1B work visas should be aware that April 1, 2016, is the earliest date that new H-1B petitions may be filed to count against the upcoming FY17 quota (or “cap”)....more

Understanding Temporary Employment Visas

Foreign workers who enter the United States on temporary employment visas come from various occupations. These include technology specialists, scientists, researchers, nurses, agricultural workers,religious workers, athletes,...more

H-1B Visa - 2016 Filing Season

Starting April 1, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting H-1B visa petition filings – subject to the annual cap – for the next fiscal year, which begins October 1, 2016....more

High-Skilled Foreign Workers: New Rules From USCIS on H-1B Work Visas, AC21, I-140 Petitions and EADs

The long-awaited proposed rule — “Retention of EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers” (aka I-140/AC21/EAD Proposed Rule) — was published in the Federal...more

Reminder - The Race Is On to File H-1B Work Visas on April 1, 2016

We are releasing this Alert to remind employers of the fast approaching April 1, 2016, deadline for filing H-1B work visa petitions on behalf of foreign employees who need sponsorship for long-term work authorization in the...more

Worth the Wait: Will USCIS Draft Policy Guidance Bring Greater Job Portability and Career Advancement for Foreign Workers and...

On November 20, 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a highly anticipated draft policy memorandum for public review and comment that provides guidance to USCIS Immigration Services...more

The Race to File H-1B Work Visas on April 1, 2016

We are releasing this Alert to remind employers of the fast approaching April 1, 2016 deadline for filing H-1B work visa petitions on behalf of foreign employees who need sponsorship for long-term work authorization in the...more

The Department of Homeland Security offers important guidance relevant to foreign national job portability

On November 20, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") issued a significant draft policy memorandum ("PM") containing proposed guidance on the definition of "same or similar" under INA Section 204(j), which is...more

Requirements for Applying for H-1B Visas

The H1-B Specialty Occupation Visa is a non-immigration visa that allows foreign workers in specialty occupations to temporarily work in the United States. H1-B Requirements - There are three primary requirements to qualify...more

Microsoft Lays Off Workers Amid Calls for Expanded H1-B Visas

In July, Microsoft Corporation announced it would lay off 7,800 workers worldwide. The layoffs amount to 7 percent of the technology company’s global workforce. Politicians rarely like to hear about corporate layoffs —...more

Immigration Corner: Time to Get Simeio-Compliant, Faster H-1Bs, a Permanent Resident Card Refresher and Increased Security...

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has now published a final policy memorandum designed to bring employers into compliance with the ruling in Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC and to assess whether H-1B...more

H-1B Worksite Changes: Can Employers Expect Relief Before August 19th Deadline?

As H-1B employers scramble to create a plan of action to ensure compliance with new guidelines and interpretations surrounding H-1B workers and changes in worksite, industry leaders are calling for more temperate policy...more

System Glitch Leads To Freeze On US Travel Visas

Since June 9th a computer glitch has stalled visa processing at U.S. embassies all over the world. The hardware malfunction has kept crucial biometrics information (including fingerprints) from reaching foreign U.S....more

Immigration Corner: USCIS Elaborates on When to File Amendment Under Simeio

We previously provided an alert on the precedential decision Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC and its holding that an H-1B amendment must be filed whenever a new Labor Condition Application (LCA) is required to change an H-1B...more

Resource Update: USCIS Issues Flawed Guidance on Filing Amended H-1B Petitions Post Matter of Simeio

USCIS recently published Guidance purporting to rely on Matter of Simeio Solutions, addressing when employers must file an amended H-1B petition on behalf of H-1B workers who are transferred to a new work location not listed...more

Mark Your Calendars: DHS Extends Employment Authorization Eligibility to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses Effective May 26, 2015

While many immigration practitioners wait anxiously for a resolution to the judicial challenges faced by DAPA and expanded DACA, others let out a sigh of relief at the announcement made today by U.S. Citizenship and...more

Employers Who Want to Hire Foreign Workers in H1-B Status Should Start the Process Now

Employers who wish to hire foreign workers in a “specialty occupation” this year should start the process now in order to submit their petitions on April 1, the first day that U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)...more

Urgent Notice To Employers: Annual H-1B Visa Quota Will Open on April 1

For employers looking to bring non-US citizens into the United States, an important immigration deadline is around the corner. Failure to properly plan for and meet this deadline may result in the employer’s inability to...more

Immigration And Nationality Law And Compliance Year-End Newsletter

Breaking News: President Obama's Executive Action Plan for Business Immigration - President Obama has announced a series of executive actions regarding immigration reforms, many of which focus on illegal immigration at...more

E-Verify Update and Improvements

E-Verify has been operational since 1997 as part of a Basic Pilot Program to assist employers to verify electronically that a newly hired employee is authorized to work in the US. A number of states have made use of E-Verify...more

Discrimination Enforcement: Justice Department Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim

The Department of Justice (DOJ), through its Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), recently settled a claim alleging discrimination, based on unfair documentary practices during...more

USCIS Will Begin Accepting New H-1B Filings on April 1 for Fiscal Year 2015

On April 1, 2014, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions for employment commencing on October 1, 2014. New H-1B petitions are subject to an annual limit of 65,000 new...more

Time to Begin Preparing H-1B Visa Petitions for Foreign Professionals

Employers recruiting foreign students from U.S. universities or professionals from elsewhere in the world should begin planning for March 31, 2014. ...more

Government October 2013 Shutdown to Haunt H-1B and other Foreign Workers

Effective October 1, 2013, U.S. federal government operations are experiencing a lapse in appropriations due to the inability of Congress to pass a funding bill. The shutdown is preventing employers from filing H-1B...more

Employers Rush to Fill All H-1B Foreign Worker Slots

Last week, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the “USCIS”) announced that it had already reached the statutory limit of 65,000 H-1B visas allowed to be issued for foreign workers in “specialty occupations,” and...more

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