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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 -

Immigration Related Initiatives (so far) by the Trump Presidency that Affect US Employers - Site Visits and Expanded Enforcement...

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

The topic of immigration has become a flashpoint for many since President Trump was elected, just as it formed a major component of his platform as a presidential candidate. The focus of this article is limited to how the new...more

Latest Executive Order Poised to Reform H-1B Visa Program

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Buy American and Hire American” whereby the executive branch confirmed its intent to “rigorously enforce and administer the laws governing entry into the...more

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Department of Labor Announce Further Measures to Detect H-1B Visa Fraud and Tighten...

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

While the H-1B petitions submitted for the lottery this cap season were still in transit to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), both the USCIS and the Department of Labor (DOL) announced several measures...more

Trump Administration Announces Changes to the H-1B Program

by Dickinson Wright on

In connection with the Trump Administration’s desire to crack-down on its perceived misuse of the H-1B visa category, various U.S. government agencies have announced a coordinated effort in re-interpreting regulations as well...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 3

by Clark Hill PLC on

Budget/Appropriations - Spending Talks: House and Senate appropriators continue efforts to nail down an agreement on a stopgap spending measure to avert a government shutdown after the expiration of the current...more

Immigration Fact and Fiction for the U.S. Employer: All Those Announcements About H-1B’s – Is the Program Really Being...

Timed to coincide with the date when thousands upon thousands of H-1B petitions, subject to the quota cap limitation are filed with Service Centers of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, various government...more

Employee Visa Delays In Store for Employers

by Akerman LLP on

Changes in processing times for H1-B petitions are the latest immigration challenge for employers. Starting April 3, no longer can employers take advantage of "Premium Processing" – a 15-day expedited service formerly...more

March = Last Call for H-1B Cap Cases

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Employers must initiate new H-1B Cap cases with their lawyers, and a filing with the Department of Labor is required before the H-1B petition can be filed with USCIS. So, time is running out if employers want to ensure that...more

Possible Changes to U.S. Business Immigration Law and Policy Under the New Administration

by Littler on

This article covers proposed legislation, sub-regulatory changes, and—from a practical standpoint—the process/timing for implementing changes under the new administration. Please note that while legislative immigration...more

Immigration 2017: What Businesses Need To Know

Since this past weekend, worldwide media has been fixated on President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Orders, including the temporary suspension of travel to the US by individuals from seven designated countries. Given no...more

Another Executive Order on Immigration Expected

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Within the next week, President Trump is expected to issue another Executive Order (“EO”) concerning high-skilled workers and foreign students, most likely to be titled "Protecting American Jobs and Workers by Strengthening...more

Immigration Law Update: USCIS Publishes Final Rule, New AAO NIW Standard

by Clark Hill PLC on

On November 18, 2016, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule aimed at improving several aspects of certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs. This rule codifies...more

The Race to File H-1B Work Visas on April 1, 2017

by FordHarrison on

We are releasing this Alert to remind employers of the fast-approaching April 1, 2017, opening date for filing H-1B work visa petitions on behalf of foreign employees who need sponsorship for work authorization in the U.S....more

2016/2017 Labor & Employment Observer

by Cozen O'Connor on

Activist NLRB Created More Problems For All Employers in 2016 - What Happens Under President Trump? During 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) maintained its generally pro-union, anti-employer...more

Time to Prepare H-1B Petitions

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

April 1, 2017 will be here before you know it. That’s the date when the annual H1-B quota becomes available and employers nationwide compete for the coveted 3-year work authorizations which will be effective October 1, 2017....more

Employment Law 2016 Review

by Barley Snyder on

Preparing for Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania - Marijuana legalization reached Pennsylvania in 2016, bringing with it a host of new questions employers are going to have to answer. Signed into law on April 17, the...more

H-1B Cap Planning Starts Now

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Although we are still officially in the year 2016, it is a good time for employers to start preparing for the H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2018, which begins October 1, 2017. Demand for the H-1B has steadily increased over the...more

Employment Law Changes in the Trump Administration

by Burr & Forman on

When Donald Trump takes office in January 2017 he will enjoy Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, which should allow him to take quick action on a number of employment law issues. Although there issome...more

Presidential Pulse: 10 Key Ways the Trump Administration May Impact The Way You Do Business in 2017

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Today marks just over a month since Donald Trump was elected as the next President of the United States. As each cabinet appointment is announced, we get more clues to help us predict which direction the Trump...more

New Obama Administration Employment-based Visa Rule and Trump's Plan to Target Visa Abuse Create Uncertainty For Employers

by King & Spalding on

President-elect Trump made enforcement of immigration laws a centerpiece of his campaign. On November 21, 2016, Mr. Trump stated that he will make investigation of abuses in “visa programs that undercut the American worker”...more

What Employers Can Expect From The Trump Administration

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Like the rest of the country, employers and HR professionals are left wondering what Donald Trump’s unexpected election as President means for the country. The Trump campaign was often light on detailed policy proposals, but...more

Employers’ Guide To The 1st Presidential Debate

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: For a multitude of reasons, the stakes are exceedingly high for employers in the upcoming Presidential election. Legal compliance strategies and effective control of workplace litigation risks inevitably...more

September 2016 Special Immigration Alert

by Epstein Becker & Green on

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

Are Foreign Nationals on H-1B Work Visas Eligible for FMLA Leave?

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Over the past few months, I’ve been asked by clients whether foreign nationals who are in the United States on work visas are eligible for FMLA leave. Honestly, I didn’t know the answer to the question when I was first...more

H-1B Employer Found Liable for Substantial Back Wages After Failing to Notify USCIS of Termination

As we have advised in the past, a bona fide termination of an H-1B employee by an employer only occurs when the employer does all of the following: (1) gives notice of termination to the H-1B worker; (2) notifies U.S....more

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