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Immigration Update: Entrepreneurs May Have a New Way to Start Up in the United States

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule that could provide an unusual type of immigration benefit called "parole" to individuals seeking a key role in start-up entities in the United States backed...more

International Entrepreneurs New Proposed Work Authorization for Founders of Start-Up’s And a Comparison to Other Visa Options

On August 31, 2016 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed an “International Entrepreneur” (I.E.) rule that would allow qualifying foreign investors to develop and grow their start-up companies in the United...more

New Blanket L Form Reflects Heightened Scrutiny of Outsourcing Companies

In recent years the L-1 Intra-Company transfer visa program has come under scrutiny. Critics of the program, which allows a multinational company to transfer an executive, manager, or worker with “special knowledge” from a...more

New Form I-129s for Intracompany Transferees Required for Blanket Petitions at US Embassies after August 29, 2016

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a revised Form I-129S, NONIMMIGRANT PETITION BASED ON BLANKET L PETITION. USCIS announced that this form must be used exclusively in applications...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

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a policy memorandum in the decision of Matter of Z-A, Inc.

On April 14, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a policy memorandum designating the decision of the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) in Matter of Z-A-, Inc. as an adopted decision...more

US Government Raises Fees for Business Visas

Businesses across the country are coming to grips with increased fees for H-1B and L-1 visas granted to non-immigrant applicants. The fees have been raised following concerns that holders of these visas were “squeezing”...more

2016 Federal Spending Bill Will Impact Immigration Programs

The fiscal year 2016 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Bill funds the Government’s immigration provisions, among others, through September 30, 2016. It will saddle many immigration programs with harsh fees...more

The Omnibus Spending/Budget Bill: Summary of Immigration Riders

The Omnibus Spending/Budget Bill (“Bill”) that Congress passed today contained many significant immigration components, including extensions of the following vital programs...more

Immigration Issues Included in the Omnibus Appropriation Bill

Congress has agreed on the omnibus appropriations bill, which will provide discretionary funding for the government through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2016. The bill includes a number of immigration-related...more

Why E-2s Are An Excellent Option

On a panel recently at a conference sponsored by the American Immigration Lawyers (AILA) Conference in London, I was asked why I might advise a client to file an E-2 visa application instead of seeking an L-1 visa. The answer...more

Legislation Proposed to Reform H-1B and L-1 Visa Programs

In November, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Assistant Democratic Leader, introduced a new bipartisan legislation seeking to reform and reduce fraud...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

L-1B Specialized Knowledge Visa Category Guidance Goes into Effect August 31, 2015: Brave New World?

While the L-1B Adjudications Policy Memorandum published by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services on August 17, 2015, effective as of August 31, 2015, has many positive components, petitioners and practitioners...more

Obergefell Expands The Number Of Individuals Potentially Eligible To Apply For Immigration Benefits

Obergefell effectively expands the number of individuals who would be eligible to submit immigration applications on behalf of a same-sex spouse because same sex marriage is now legal across the country, rather than in a...more

Recent trends involving the L-1 Visa category for intra-company transferees

This article is the second in a two-part series involving the L-1 visa category for intra-company transferees. The previous article provided an overview of the L-1 visa category and suggested strategies to maximize its use...more

Do I Really Need A Work Visa To Work In The USA?

This seems like an obvious question that only has a “YES” answer. After all, why do we have all these employment-based visa categories: H-1Bs for professionals, L-1s for intra-company transfers, E-1s and E-2s for treaty...more

Q&A With Kirton McConkie's Jacob Muklewicz

Jacob T. Muklewicz is a Shareholder in Kirton McConkie PC's Salt Lake City office. Muklewicz's practice focuses on business and investor immigration. He helps employers and investors obtain the proper visas for their...more

Recent changes to employing foreign workers

This month, we take a survey of recent changes affecting employers’ ability to attract and retain foreign workers. L-1B visa denials According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) data released under a...more

FY 2016 H-1B Cap Petition Not Selected: What Are the Options?

Most “new” H-1B petitions must be counted against an annual H-1B cap. This limit, or “cap,” administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is currently set at 65,000 plus an additional 20,000 reserved...more

Alternatives to the H-1B Visa: A New L-1B Adjudication Standard?

As expected, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has met the FY2016 H-1B cap during the first week of the new filing season. Over the next few weeks, many employers who filed H-1B...more

Coming to America (for Business) - Using the L1 Visa as an Alternative to EB 5

Overview - As a long term veteran of the financial services industry, I have learned that in many cases, people do not “buy” a product or service but instead are “sold”” the product or service that the advisor is...more

CBP Now Using Checklist for U.S.-Canada Port-of-Entry L-1 Applications

The L-1 visa is for employees of multinational corporations who wish to come to the U.S. to work for a U.S. parent, branch, or subsidiary corporation. In order to obtain an L-1 visa, you must either be coming to the U.S. in a...more

Immigration Developments for Highly Skilled Workers: Changes the Business Community Can Expect as a Result of President Obama’s...

On Thursday, November 20th, coinciding with President Obama’s announcement regarding his forthcoming executive action on immigration, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson issued a memo to the directors...more

Court Holds that USCIS Should Consider “Life Experience” as Part of Specialized Knowledge Requirement for L-1B Visa

The L-1 visa is often used to facilitate intra-company transfers of foreign national employees to work in a U.S. facility. In order to be eligible for the L-1B visa, the sponsored employee must have been employed by the...more

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