H-1B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa

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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CIS Announces New Rule Impacting Employment-based Nonimmigrants and Immigrants

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...

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

A Closer Look at the USCIS Final Rule on High-Skilled Immigration

On November 18, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule that significantly affects the ability of employers to employ and retain foreign national workers in the United States (Final Rule)....more

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

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

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

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

American Businesses Should be Concerned by Trump’s Announcement That He Will Nominate Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

President-elect Donald Trump has announced that he intends to nominate Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. If confirmed, the conservative Senator from Alabama would serve as the country’s top law enforcement official....more

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

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

USCIS Publishes Long-Awaited High-Skilled Immigration Rule

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published its long-awaited “High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers” regulation today, Nov. 18, 2016. This regulation was proposed on Dec. 31, 2015. It will become...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

Plan Ahead: H-1B Season is Around the Corner

As a reminder to all U.S. employers, H-1B season is around the corner! United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will start accepting new H-1B petitions for fiscal year 2018 on Saturday, April 1, 2017. As...more

The Advantages of H1B and L Visas

L1 and H1B visas are among the most popular visas for employers and their foreign employees. Available for highly skilled individuals, these visas make it possible for the pursuit of high-paying careers within the United...more

CAP H-1B Rejections Starting to Arrive, June Visa Bulletin - Heightened Demand for Employment-Based Adjustments of Status Causes...

On June 14, 2016, Clark Hill started to receive rejected CAP H-1B petitions. If an H-1B petition was filed on your behalf by Clark Hill, we will send you an e-mail when we receive an update on your case. On April 7,...more

Recent Study Says American Economy Needs More Skilled Immigrants

A recent report by a Dartmouth College professor suggests that current H-1B are too restrictive, limit productivity grown and are cost businesses in the United States thousands of dollars per worker. At a time when...more

Immigration Laws Stifle US Business

US immigration laws have not been created with the growing global economy’s need for foreign talent in mind, and should be reformed to promote hiring the best minds for the US economy. With globalization of the modern...more

Corporate Immigration: Changing the Way America Does Business

The United States is undoubtedly a country filled with opportunity, prosperity, and diverse culture. Although America is one of the richest, most economically powerful countries in the world, it is important to recognize that...more

USCIS Announces FY 2017 H-1B Visa Cap Lottery Complete

On May 2, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has completed the data entry of all FY 2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions for both the “advanced degree” exemption petitions as well as the...more

H-1B Cap FY2017 and Aftermath

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

Premium Processing of Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions Will Begin on May 12, 2016

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced that premium processing of cap-subject H-1B petitions selected for fiscal year 2017 will begin on May 12, 2016. This means that, absent a request for evidence,...more

Labor Certification Offers Employers More Permanent Options For Skilled Workers

The foreign worker program in the United States allows employers to hire non-American workers for a variety of skilled and unskilled positions. Most employers are familiar with the H-1 temporary work visa program; however,...more

USCIS Announces Date for Start of H-1B Cap Premium Processing

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that on May 12, 2016, it will it will begin the 15 calendar day processing timeline for cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting premium processing. USCIS...more

USCIS Announces Completion of H-1B Lottery for Fiscal Year 2017

On April 12, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it had received more than 236,000 H-1B petitions subject to the quota for fiscal year 2017 (i.e., 65,000 for regular H-1B petitions,...more

USCIS Has Completed FY 2017 H-1B Cap Lottery

On April 7, 2016, USCIS announced that it had received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for FY 2017. They also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the advanced...more

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