H-1B Department of Homeland Security

The H-1B visa program allows U.S. employers to hire temporary nonimmigrant workers for specialty occupations. Specialty occupations are defined as occupations requiring the application of a "body of highly... more +
The H-1B visa program allows U.S. employers to hire temporary nonimmigrant workers for specialty occupations. Specialty occupations are defined as occupations requiring the application of a "body of highly specialized knowledge and the attainment of at least a bachelor's degree or its equivalent." Examples of specialty occupations include chemistry, mathematics, engineering, medicine, and architecture, to name a few. Individuals may not apply for H-1B visas; they are distributed only through the approval of employer petitions. In order to protect U.S. workers from unfair competition resulting from the program, the rules require that employers pay nonimmigrant workers equivalent wages to similarly-situated U.S. workers or the industry's prevailing wage. H-1B visas are subject to a yearly cap which is currently set at 85,000.   less -
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New Regulations Clarify Which Employers Are Exempt From Yearly H-1B Quota

On November 18, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) issued its long-awaited rule seeking to improve certain aspects of the employment-based immigration system. The new rule, which becomes effective on January...more

New DHS Rule Gives Employers, Employees Flexibility in the Face of Immigrant Visa Backlogs

The Department of Homeland Security published a final rule on November 18, 2016, relating to certain employment-based visa programs. The new regulations will go into effect on January 17, 2017. The rule focuses on job...more

New Employment-Based Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visa Regulation

On November 18, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its Final Rule amending regulations related to certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs. The new rule will take effect on January...more

USCIS Publishes Final Rule For Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

USCIS has published a final rule to modernize and improve several aspects of certain employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs and to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers who...more

Long-Awaited DHS Regulation to Ease Job Portability Announced

The final regulation, which will take effect on January 17, 2017, clarifies USCIS policies and improves job portability for highly skilled foreign workers....more

USCIS Publishes Final Rule For Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

On Friday, November 18, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the press release below. USCIS has published a final rule to modernize and improve several aspects of certain employment-based...more

Cap-Exempt H-1B Employment Clarified by DHS

In light of the general unavailability of H-1B visas due to the limited and inadequate H-1B visa quota, it is more important than ever that U.S. employers and highly skilled foreign nationals be able to take maximum advantage...more

DHS Codifies and Clarifies the Parameters of Cap-Exempt H-1B Employment

In a final regulation published on November 18, 2016 which takes effect on January 17, 2017, DHS has clarified the requirements and parameters associated with cap-exempt employment of H-1B workers by nonprofit entities that...more

Long-Awaited High Skilled Worker Regulations Published by the Department of Homeland Security

In a welcome development, on November 18, 2016 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule benefitting many highly skilled nonimmigrant foreign workers and EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 employment-based immigrant...more

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Issues Final Rule on Immigrant Visa Petition Retention and Program Improvements Affecting...

On November 18, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its final rule in the Federal Register which addresses the retention and portability of high-skilled foreign workers. The new regulations, which take...more

Job Flexibility Rule for Immigrant Workers Finalized

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule that will effect skilled foreign workers in the United States. The final rule provides benefits to certain employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant visa...more

President-Elect Trump and Immigration Policy: The First Six Months – What Can we Really Expect

There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that immigration policy has been a core issue for President-Elect Trump. So, what can we expect, as a practical matter?...more

Proposed USCIS Rule for Entrepreneurs Would Benefit Very Few if Finalized

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced a new proposed rule for entrepreneurs. If the rule becomes law, qualified entrepreneurs would be considered for parole (temporary permission to be...more

Parole for Entrepreneurs

At MintzEdge, we are already thinking about how a recent immigration law development may help our clients grow their ventures. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced a new rule for...more

September 2016 Special Immigration Alert

I. DOS Announces 2018 Diversity Lottery - The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) just released its instructions for the DV-2018 Diversity Visa (DV-2018) lottery. The registration period begins on Tuesday, October 4,...more

Lawsuits Question Procedure and Substance of H-1B Lottery

Late this spring, two lawsuits were filed against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) seeking information about and challenging the administration of the H-1B visa...more

Fines for I-9 and Other Immigration Violations Have Increased as of August 1, 2016

The U.S. Departments of Homeland Security (DHS), Labor (DOL) and Justice (DOJ) have increased the civil fines for employers that commit immigration-related offenses, such as unfair employment or discrimination practices, H-1B...more

Immigration Update: August 2016 Visa Bulletin; Increased Fines for I-9 and Other Immigration Violations; USCIS Returns Unselected...

Tracking newsworthy developments in the ever-changing world of business immigration and its impact on employers and employees. This month: August 2016 Visa Bulletin; Increased Fines for I-9 and Other Immigration...more

Immigration Penalties Adjusted for Inflation Increases to Take Effect August 1

On June 30 and July 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) each published separate interim final rules in the Federal Register to...more

Increased Fines for I-9 and Other Immigration Violations Effective August 1, 2016

The U.S. Departments of Homeland Security (DHS), Justice (DOJ), and Labor (DOL) announced increased civil fines against employers who commit immigration-related offenses, such as Form I-9 and E-Verify violations, H-1B visa...more

Lawsuit Against DHS and USCIS Seeks Transparency in H-1B Lottery Process

The American Immigration Council and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) have brought a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The...more

Government Filing Fee Changes May Be Coming Soon

On May 3, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a proposed rule that seeks to increase filing and processing fees for certain applications. The proposed rule will be open to comment from the public until...more

U.S. Government Expands Job Opportunities for Foreign STEM Students

As HR Legalist has reported, the H-1B Cap has been met for FY2017. USCIS received over 236,000 petitions. From among this number were selected the congressionally mandated limit of 65,000 regular cap H-1B petitions, and an...more

Pilot Program May Soon Help Streamline Employment-based Visa Process

On March 3, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched a pilot program called “Known Employer” to streamline the process by which employers who sponsor foreign national workers send documents and...more

DHS Releases Published F-1 Visa STEM OPT Regulation

On March 11, 2016, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the final regulation for F-1 nonimmigrant students on optional practical training (OPT) with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or...more

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