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Important Changes to the Foreign Worker Program

Employers seeking to employ foreign workers must often obtain a positive labour market opinion (LMO) from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) before a foreign worker will receive a work permit. If you are...more

The Light Went Out On My Star: Don't Lose F-1 Employees While Waiting On H-1B Approval

It is common for companies to hire college students and plan to continue their employment after graduation. Increasingly, many foreign college students are in the United States on F-1, student visas and receive 12 months of...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

Be Global - October 2013

Be Global is a publication by DLA Piper's Global Employment Group, designed to keep you informed on recent developments around the world. Be Global complements uKNOW, our online international employment, pensions and...more

Tied to Your Desk? Blocked at the Door? Changes in China’s Visa Policies for Foreigners

Expatriates and foreign investors beware! China’s new immigration law and policies have changed the visa requirements for foreigners who would like to work in the PRC and adopted heightened penalties for those who violate the...more

Farewell to the I-94 Card - What It Means for the Form I-9 Process for Foreign Workers

Earlier this year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) started phasing out the I-94 cards issued to nonimmigrant visitors and implementing a new on-line procedure....more

Healthcare Reform And Seasonal Guest Workers

Many employers are eagerly watching the U.S. Congress as it debates comprehensive immigration reform legislation. However, employers of foreign workers need to be aware of another comprehensive reform already enacted—the...more

Senate Immigration Proposal Offers Both Exciting Options And More Regulation For Employers

Last month, the so-called “Gang of Eight” Democratic and Republican Senators released their comprehensive immigration reform bill entitled the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of...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

FY 2014 H-1B Cap Reached Within the First Week

On April 5, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received enough petitions to meet the statutory H-1B cap of 65,000 new H-1B visas to be issued each year. The H-1B visa category is...more

AAO Finds USCIS Impermissibly Redefines Showing of Specialized Knowledge

The Administrative Appeals Office of U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, otherwise known as the AAO, recently reversed a finding by U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) that had denied approval of an L-1B...more

Work and Resident Permit Applications of Foreign Employees in China

The most important issue for foreigners working in China is to apply for work and resident permits with Chinese authorities. Compare with the procedures and documents required for foreigners who work for a foreign...more

H-1B Season & Cap are Fast Approaching – Are You Ready? Top 10 Questions and Answers About H-1B Visas

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that permits a company to hire workers in specialty occupations. This visa category requires that the beneficiary (the foreign worker) have a Bachelor’s degree, and the Petitioner (the...more

The EB-1 Visa Opportunity

While demand for immigrant labor has steadily increased in recent years, resulting in a shortage of needed H-1B visas for foreign workers in specialty occupations, the number of people seeking entry into the U.S. under the...more

H-1B Filing Season Is Here

Now is the time for employers to assess their FY 2014 H-1B needs and to start preparing their petitions for submission on April 1. ...more

Monitoring Evolving Changes in the Department of State’s Administration of the J-1 Trainee and Intern Visa Programs

U.S. companies that offer appropriate internships or traineeships to junior-level foreign employees who come to the U.S. to gain on-the-job training often utilize J-1 exchange visitor visa programs for interns and trainees....more

Key Timing Considerations for Foreign Religious Workers - Part 3

In our previous blog post we began a discussion of key timing considerations for religious workers. Our next practice tip with regard to timing concerns the filing of immigrant I-360 petitions on behalf of religious workers....more

Key Timing Considerations for Foreign Religious Workers - Part 2

In our previous blog post we began a discussion of key timing considerations for religious workers. Our next practice tip with regard to timing concerns the ability to use the USCIS Premium Processing Service to expedite...more

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