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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 -

NAFTA and the Trump Administration

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The Trump Administration announced this week its intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. After some speculation of the administration's intent to withdraw entirely from...more

Reminder: New (Cap) H-1B Filings - April 3-7 Deadline

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

February 28, 2017 U.S. employers that wish to pursue new H-1B visas on behalf of prospective or existing employees should do so as soon as possible, and contact counsel for assistance if desired. April 3 through 7, 2017 is...more

Immigration Fact and Fiction for the U.S. Employer: Know Your Rights – 5 Things to Tell Your Foreign National Employee in the...

On February 21, 2017, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released two memoranda signed by DHS Secretary Kelly addressing immigration enforcement. While a sitting President cannot independently modify laws or regulations...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

Expansive New Rule for Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

by FordHarrison on

Effective yesterday, January 17, 2017, a new USCIS rule seeks to improve multiple employment-based temporary nonimmigrant and immigrant visa (“green card”) programs. The new regulations are designed to help U.S. employers...more

What to Expect on the Immigration Front from President Trump?

by Burr & Forman on

With the inauguration just days away, what will the immigration landscape look like in the first 100 days of the Trump Administration? We can expect a lot of talk about enforcement, about the repeal of various executive...more

U.S. Immigration & The Trump Administration

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

With the announcement of President-elect Trump's plan for his first 100 days in office and his selection for Secretary of Department of Homeland Security, it appears the new administration will focus not only on illegal...more

CIS Announces New Rule Impacting Employment-based Nonimmigrants and Immigrants

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

USCIS has published a final rule focused on the retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 immigrant workers and the improvement of existing temporary visa programs for high-skilled nonimmigrant workers. The new rule takes effect on...more

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Publishes Final Rule Improving Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers and foreign nationals should take note of critical changes to DHS’ regulations impacting employment-based immigration for highly skilled workers. On January 17, 2017, the Department of...more

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

by Varnum LLP on

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

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

by Bracewell LLP on

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

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

by Kirton McConkie PC on

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

What will U.S. Business Immigration Look Like Under A Trump Administration?

by Carlton Fields on

More than 10 days have passed since the election results were revealed, and the United States now has a businessman as its president-elect ready to take office on January 20, 2017. However, despite his business background, it...more

When Rolling the Dice Didn’t Lead to Success: Visa Options After the H-1B Cap Lottery

Employers seek predictability when hiring employees. You don’t need to be a mathematician (although that might help qualify you as an outstanding researcher) to know that the odds of being selected in U.S. Citizenship and...more

H-1B Cap FY2017 and Aftermath

by Baker Donelson on

The USCIS received over 236,000 H-1B petitions during this year’s FY2017 filing period for the annual supply of 85,000 new H-1B visas (65,000 for regular cap plus an additional 20,000 for workers with a U.S. Master’s degree)....more

E- 3, H-1B and H-1B1: Occupations That Require a Degree or Equivalent Can Be Filled, With Some Limitations

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

A good business plan involves consideration of both short-term and long-term goals. Your plans should do the same for your management and business employees; getting them into the U.S. as you start or grow your business, and...more

My Company Wishes to Hire Foreign National Workers – Now What? Navigating the U.S. Visa Alphabet Soup

Many employers are reluctant to hire foreign national workers because they are intimidated by the difficult and uncertain nature of immigration law. Our clients often find that with proper strategic direction from counsel and...more

Didn’t Make the H-1B Cut? Here are Some Alternatives

As previously reported, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap, including the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption for...more

Record Number of H-1B Applications Emphasizes Importance of Considering Alternatives for Applicants Not Selected in Lottery

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

USCIS has announced that it received nearly 233,000 H-1B applications during the first week of April, nearly three times the available quota. This means that nearly two-thirds of all applications submitted to the agency will...more

Important Proposed Changes to the H-1B Visa

by Cozen O'Connor on

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

USCIS H-1B Premium Processing has begun for FY 2015 Petitions

by Ronald Shapiro on

On April 28, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began premium processing for H-1B visa petitions subject to the 2015 cap, including H-1B petitions seeking an exemption from the fiscal year cap for...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

USCIS Regulations Slowly Catching up/Catching on to Current Immigration Realities

In recent days, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has published several proposed rules in the Federal Register, which, if adopted, will bring welcome and much needed regulatory changes....more

USCIS Proposes Changes to Allow Some H-4 Spouses to Work

On May 12, 2014, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published two notices of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register. The public is able to comment on the proposed rules during the 60-day comment period. The...more

DHS Announces Proposed Rules

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced this week that it will be publishing two proposed rules—one to extend employment authorization to spouses of certain H-1B workers, and another to enhance opportunities for...more

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