H-1B

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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Labor & Employment E-Note - February 2017

Amidst a first-week flurry of executive orders on trade, immigration, and construction of a U.S.- Mexico border wall, President Trump signed an executive order aimed at peeling back many Obama-era regulations. Please see...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

The first four weeks of the Trump administration have brought a flurry of policy and regulatory activity through Executive Orders (EO), proposed new legislation and review of existing regulation. After eight years of the...more

How President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration May Impact Employers

Throughout his campaign, and now as President, Donald Trump has indicated that his immigration reform efforts will focus mainly on illegal immigration, as well as tighter immigration screening. President Trump delivered on...more

Four Hot Labor and Employment Issues in Automotive in 2017 - Part 2

Friday we took a look at two important labor and employment questions for automotive employers and suggested next steps to consider during 2017. Today we’ll examine questions three and four....more

[Webinar] Meritas Capability Webinar - How The Trump Administration is Changing US Immigration - March 1st, 1:00pm CST

This Webinar will provide a review of the first 40 days of the Trump administration action on US immigration law and what this means for both US and non-US companies and employers. This includes changes in visa issuance,...more

Three Key Immigration Developments in President Trump’s First Weeks

Immigration has been in the forefront of the news since President Trump took office and will likely remain so in the near future. Here, we discuss three key business immigration issues that have seen significant developments...more

Opposition to Travel Ban EO Includes Tech Firms and Others

After oral arguments on February 9th, the Ninth Circuit denied the government’s request to reinstate the travel ban EO. State of Washington v. Trump. More than 135,000 people listened to the Ninth Circuit oral argument,...more

Increased Enforcement Highlights The Need For Employers To Have Immigration Compliance Programs

This past weekend the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched raids in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina arresting hundreds of undocumented immigrants. While...more

Court Deals Setback to Trump's Immigration Policy

A federal appeals court on Thursday, February 9 unanimously ruled against President Trump’s controversial “travel ban” Executive Order that attempted to bar foreign nationals from a list of seven countries from entering the...more

Compliance News Flash - February 2017

This week’s news flash – a quick overview of timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important to your organization. 1. The President’s Executive Order (EO) on immigration remains on hold. A...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - February, 2017

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Why Was the Winter for Venture Capital Funding so Short? While we all thought winter was coming, it looks like VCs are already enjoying spring thanks to the...more

“H-1B Season” to begin April 1, 2017 – Employer Action Needed Now

NOW is the time to identify employees who may need H-1B status to continue working in the United States and begin preparations to file an H-1B petition on April 1st. U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign...more

Updates and Guidance on the Executive Order Suspending the Entry of Immigrants and Non-Immigrants from Seven Countries

On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order (the “Order”) entitled, Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States by Foreign Nationals. The Order suspends entry into the United...more

Immigration-Related FAQs In Response to President Trump’s Recent Executive Orders, as of February 2, 2017

Seyfarth Synopsis: This Management Alert addresses Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from employers and foreign nationals regarding President Trump’s recent Executive Order on immigration....more

Sheppard Mullin Travel Advisory and Immigration Update

The last two weeks in Washington have been very eventful in the immigration field. In light of the travel restrictions recently imposed by the President’s executive order, we are now advising our U.S. clients who have...more

You’ve Got Mail … if You’re an Employer: Seventh Circuit Rules Employees Are Not Entitled to Same Visa Revocation Notice

On August 3, 2016, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that only employers are to be provided notice and receive information on decisions on visa petitions issued by United States Citizenship and...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

Client Alert:  Executive Order on Immigration

On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order titled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”  The Executive Order was effective immediately and the Department of...more

Looking Ahead: Proposed Changes to Employment-based Visas

Recent activity in Congress and from the Trump Administration have signaled potential changes to several work visa categories. Much of the attention on these proposed changes focuses on the H-1B visa, one of the most...more

Analyzing President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration - What it means for you, your business and your employees

On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” that significantly changes U.S. immigration policy for at...more

Congress Considers Visa Bill Ahead of Expected Immigration Executive Order

Perhaps anticipating an Executive Order from the White House on business immigration reforms, Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Cal.), who represents Silicon Valley, has introduced a bill that calls for many reforms....more

Update on U.S. Entry Travel Ban

On January 31st, DHS Secretary John Kelly held a press conference to clarify that legal permanent residents ("green card holders") from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia would be allowed to board planes and...more

President Trump’s Executive Orders – Business Immigration

Additional Executive Orders (“EO”) are apparently circulating among administration officials, including more related to immigration and one specifically related to business immigration. It is unclear when or exactly what...more

President Trump Signs Executive Order Calling for Travel Ban, Increased Foreign National Vetting Procedures and Visa Processing...

President Trump’s Executive Order (“Order”) of January 27, 2017, “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States,” could have a significant impact on the American immigration system. Employers...more

Trump Suspends Entry from Seven Muslim Nations and Visa Interview Waiver Program

On January 27, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order suspending the entry of foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen to the United States for a minimum period of 90 days....more

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