H-1B United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Visas

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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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

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

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

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

What Employers Should Know About How the January 27 Executive Order Reshapes the Current State of Immigration in the United States

On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) dramatically reshaping the current state of immigration in the United States. The EO's main points are...more

New DHS Rule Extends H-1B Cap Exemptions

One of the biggest drawbacks for employers trying to utilize the H-1B visa program is the numerical cap. The current law limits the number of H-1B visas available to 65,000 annually with an additional 20,000 available to...more

The 2017 H-1B Petition Filing Season Is Here! To Maximize Your Chance Of Success, Please Contact Us By February 15.

Starting April 3, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting H-1B visa petition filings – subject to the annual cap – for the next fiscal year, which begins October 1, 2017. To maximize the chance...more

Employers: April 3 Start Date for 2018 H-1B Visa Applications

Employers may first apply for Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B visas for individuals not currently in H-1B status on Monday, April 3, 2017 for a start date of October 1, 2017....more

Immigration Under the New Administration: H-1B Visas and What to Expect

With the Trump Administration taking office, it is expected that changes to immigration policies will be carried out swiftly and, to a large extent, in an unapologetically straightforward manner. While the initial public...more

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

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

Critical Filing Dates for FY 2018 H-1B Cap

Employers that wish to sponsor H-1B workers for Fiscal Year 2018 can begin filing petitions on April 1, 2017, for a start date of October 1, 2017.  The H-1B visa is used by businesses that wish to employ foreign nationals to...more

USCIS Issues Major New Immigration Regulations for Highly Skilled Workers

On November 18, 2016, USCIS issued an extensive set of revisions to immigration regulations affecting highly skilled workers. The new rules, which go into effect on January 17, 2017, clarify longstanding agency practices and...more

It’s Time to Prepare H-1B Visa Petitions for Fiscal Year 2018

H-1B visas have long been the U.S. employment visa of choice due to their flexibility for professionals to work in “specialty occupations”. Lately, however, for those employers and prospective employees who are subject to the...more

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

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

New USCIS Rule Amending Several Employment-Based and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs Will Take Effect on January 17, 2017

Beginning on January 17, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will implement a new rule that amends certain regulations relating to employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs. The rule's goal...more

Employment Law 2016 Review

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 Filing Season Is Here - December 2016

Now is the time for employers to assess their FY2018 H-1B needs and start preparing their petitions for submission on April 3....more

Will the New Executive Administration Impact the H-1B Lottery?

Human Resources professionals with U.S. companies that are reliant upon skilled foreign workers often spend the last few months of the calendar year and the beginning of the new calendar year identifying individuals who will...more

Expansive Final Rule Affecting Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs Published – good news for H-1B visa...

On November 18, 2016, US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule to “improve aspects of certain employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs.” This final rule also “amended regulations to...more

DHS Finalizes Rules on Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visas

In November, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its final rules on the employment-based, non-immigrant and immigrant visa programs available in the United States. The changes were intended to make it easier for...more

New Employment-Based Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visa Regulation

On November 18, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its Final Rule amending regulations related to certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs. The new rule will take effect on January...more

USCIS New Rule Implements Old Laws with a Few Twists

USCIS has published a final rule, to take effect January 17, 2017, ensconcing in regulations most of the policies it had long ago worked out in memorandums implementing provisions of 1998 and 2001 laws intended to bridge some...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

Cap-Exempt H-1B Employment Clarified by DHS

In light of the general unavailability of H-1B visas due to the limited and inadequate H-1B visa quota, it is more important than ever that U.S. employers and highly skilled foreign nationals be able to take maximum advantage...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

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