Benesch B-Cast 07: Immigration Deadlines and Demands Employers Need to Know
The filing period for “new” H-1B petitions to be counted against the annual H-1B quota (the “H-1B cap”) for FY 2016 will begin on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Cap-subject H-1B petitions will have an employment start date of...more
The H-1B visa is one of the most sought after work visas in the country. Employees sponsored to work in the U.S. on an H-1B work visa are allowed to work in the U.S. for a maximum of six years, but the term can be extended...more
The Obama administration has touted a number of new initiatives aimed at encouraging immigrant entrepreneurship and retention of high-tech workers in the U.S. These are commendable and this author applauds these efforts....more
When a foreign national comes into the U.S. under a temporary work visa, the individual often wants to bring his or her family into the U.S. as well. Depending on the work visa obtained, the duration of the stay, and the...more
After years of debate over comprehensive immigration reform, it appears that – at least according to some reports – immigration reform is “officially dead.” At least any kind of House-approved immigration reform, that...more
The Critical Skills Work Visa is a newly introduced category which will replace the Quota and Exceptional Skills work permits. The role must be listed on the current Critical Skills list, and the applicant must obtain written...more
In This Issue:
- Immigration. New proposal aimed at attracting highly-skilled immigrants.
- State Round-Up. Learn about the latest employment law news in your state.
- Traditional. J. Hamilton Stewart and Matthew...more
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
On May 6, 2014, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the publication of two proposed immigration rules, with the goal of attracting and retaining highly skilled immigrants and attracting new businesses and...more
With the future of immigration reform still up in the air the Obama administration is forging ahead on its own. On May 6th, as part of an ongoing effort to attract and retain highly skilled immigrants, the Department of...more
DHS Proposes to Issue Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Spouses -
On May 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") proposed a rule that would authorize employment authorization for certain H-4...more
Given that the H-1B visa cap was, once again, met quickly, many U.S. employers are scrambling to figure out how to hire and retain the foreign national employees that they need. As we recently reported, the U.S. Citizenship...more
Changes to the Immigration Rules mean that Tier 1 (General) migrants will no longer be able to apply to extend their leave in the UK after 5 April 2015....more
New instructions revise caps and eligible occupations for federal immigrant worker programs.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has released new instructions regarding the processing of applications under the...more
USCIS received approximately 172,500 H-1B cap-subject petitions during the filing period that began April 1 and conducted its computer-generated random selection process on April 10.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that 172,500 H-1B petitions were received during the filing period which began April 1, 2014. This number includes petitions filed under the advanced degree...more
On Monday, April 7th, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it had received enough H-1B petitions to reach the cap of 65,000 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, as well as the 20,000 limit for those...more
Benesch's Rick Hepp discusses Immigration Deadlines and Demands Employers Need to Know....more
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year ("FY") 2015. USCIS also announced that it had received...more
As expected, on Monday, April 7, 2014, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that a sufficient number of H-1B petitions had been received from April 1, 2014, through April 7, 2014, to meet the...more
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2015. USCIS has also received more than the limit of...more
U.S. employers should take note of the House GOP’s announcement on January 30, 2014, because it could signal a move towards mandatory participation in E-Verify and an increase in the number of visas available to foreign...more
Senate Bill No. 744, known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, was introduced in the Senate on April 16, 2013, and passed by the Senate in late June, paving the way for further...more
On Thursday, May 9, 2013, the Senate Judiciary Committee began examining about 300 proposed amendments to the 844-page immigration reform bill, an overhaul of the existing immigration system which would increase the number of...more
In the February/March 2013 issue of the Immigration eAuthority, we outlined the respective proposals for immigration reform put forward by both the President and a bipartisan group of eight senators. We also noted that...more
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