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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H-4 Visa Holders Soon To Be Able To Work

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will extend eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment based lawful permanent...more

Employment Authorization For Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses

Effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent...more

Continued Rollout of Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

Today, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced that starting May 26, 2015 it will be accepting applications for employment authorization (EAD) for H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants...more

FAQs on H-4 Work Permit Final Rule from DHS

On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published a Final Rule confirming that certain H-4 spouses will be eligible to apply for U.S. work authorization. Following is an outline of this new Final Rule...more

USCIS Announces New Work Card Eligibility for H4 Spouses

On Tuesday, February 24, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, effective May 26, 2015, USCIS will begin accepting applications for work authorization of H-4 spouses of two groups of...more

USCIS Announces Work Permits for Qualifying Spouses of H-1B Employees

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on February 24 that certain qualifying spouses of H-1B workers will be allowed to apply for a work permit beginning on May 26, 2015....more

Some H4 Spouses of H-1Bs Can Apply for Work Cards Beginning May 26, 2015

On Tuesday, February 24, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, effective May 26, 2015, USCIS will begin accepting applications for work authorization of H-4 spouses of two groups of...more

H-1B Visa Season (And Employment Authorization For Certain H-4 Spouses) Is Here!

H-1B visa season is upon us, and Wiggin and Dana would like to encourage employers subject to the annual visa quota (or cap) to evaluate potential employee candidates as soon as possible. The demand for H-1B visas remains...more

Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses Eligible for Work Authorization | USCIS Will Accept Filings on May 2015

The long-awaited final rule on H-4 work authorization has now been introduced by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS Director León Rodríguez has announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)...more

Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Who Apply for Residency Can Apply for Work Permits Starting May 26

On February 24, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will start accepting applications for work authorization from certain spouses of H-1B visa holders beginning May 26, 2015. This regulatory...more

DHS Extends Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Spouses

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced that, effective May 26, 2015, the agency is extending employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants....more

Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses Eligible for Work Authorization USCIS Will Accept Filings on May 2015

In May 2014, DHS issued a proposed rule to amend current immigration regulations to allow for the employment authorization of certain H-4 dependent spouses. DHS accepted comments on the proposed rule until mid-July. ...more

Immigration Update: Department of Homeland Security announces action on employment authorization for certain H-4 spouses

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that effective on May 26, 2015, certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants will be eligible for employment authorization. DHS will focus on employment...more

DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants Seeking...

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, pursuant to a published regulation that will be effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending...more

H-4 Spouses of Certain H-1B Workers May Apply for Work Authorization Beginning on May 2015

On February 24, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced that effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will extend employment authorization to H-4...more

DHS Extends Employment Authorization Documents For Certain Dependent Spouses Of H-1B Visa Holders

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will allow H-4 dependent spouses of certain H-1B nonimmigrants...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

Breaking Up Is Still So Hard to Do: DOL Clarifies H-1B Bona Fide Termination Rule

Employers must navigate through a maze of complex regulations when seeking H-1B temporary authorization to hire foreign nationals in specialty occupations. Yet, as hard as it is to hire H-1B employees, it can be even more...more

Immigration Developments for Highly Skilled Workers: Changes the Business Community Can Expect as a Result of President Obama’s...

On Thursday, November 20th, coinciding with President Obama’s announcement regarding his forthcoming executive action on immigration, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson issued a memo to the directors...more

The President’s immigration orders: 5 measures that will impact higher ed

As employers and educators of hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals each year, U.S. colleges and universities will be uniquely impacted by President Obama’s new actions targeting the U.S. immigration system....more

Obama Legalizes Undocumented, Tweaks EB Categories

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a bold series of measures to change removal priorities, temporarily legalize and grant work authorization to millions of undocumented persons, and make some other changes to...more

Important Proposed Changes to the H-1B Visa

On May 6th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced two proposed rule changes in hopes to attract new investment and business to the United States. The proposals would extend employment authorization to spouses of...more

DHS Publishes Proposed Rules to Attract and Retain Highly-Skilled Immigrants

On May 6, 2014, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the publication of two proposed rules that reflect the Obama Administration’s “continuing commitment to attract and retain highly skilled immigrants.” ...more

Overview of U.S. Immigration Law & Procedures for Employers

In This Presentation: - Government Agencies Involved - Terms & Definitions - U.S. Citizens - Lawful Permanent Residents (Immigrants or “Green Card” Holders) - Paths to Permanent Residency -...more

Special Immigration Alert: DHS Issues Proposed Rules to Retain Highly Skilled Foreign Workers

DHS Proposes to Issue Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Spouses - On May 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") proposed a rule that would authorize employment authorization for certain H-4...more

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