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Navigating Employment-Based Visas for Startups

Startups often seek to hire highly educated employees with degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering and science) fields in order to compete with their established competitors. Post-graduate international students...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2014

The America Invents Act (AIA) came into law back in September 2011, but it was not until last March that its provisions were completely phased in. The changes last year included not only the switch from a “first-to-invent” to...more

OPT STEM Extension Applications Denied in Error

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced recently that it has come to the attention of its Service Center Operations (SCOPS) that certain optional practical training (OPT) science, technology,...more

H-1B Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Cap Season Opens on April 1, 2014

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin to accept H-1B cap subject petitions on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Employers should begin to plan immediately as the demand for new H-1B's is expected to be significant. The...more

New EEOC Report Examines Obstacles Facing Women in Federal Workplace

Six Impediments, Underlying Issues, Recommendations Identified by Work Group - WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today issued a comprehensive report addressing major obstacles...more

USCIS Clarifies Eligibility Requirements For STEM OPT Extension

A recent interim policy memorandum, released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), clarifies the degree completion requirements for the 17-month extension of Optional Practical Training (OPT) available to...more

President Obama Urges Congress to More Forward with Immigration Reform Legislation

As we recently reported, immigration reform has stalled in recent months and some doubt whether immigration reform will be enacted this year. But with the government shutdown behind us, President Obama is again urging members...more

USCIS Publishes Interim Policy Memorandum Discussing STEM Extensions

On October 21, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted an interim memorandum for comment, entitled “17-Month Extension of Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) for F-1 Students enrolled in...more

U.S. Losing Immigrant Scientists to Canada – Reform Needed Now

For many years now, U.S. employers have increasingly looked to hire immigrant professionals with degrees in the so-called STEM fields: science; technology; engineering; and math. This is not a matter of discrimination against...more

How Will the Immigration Reform Proposals Impact Businesses & Employees?

Much of the debate surrounding immigration reform has centered around providing a pathway to Citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people in the country. While a significant part of the legislation is focused on this...more

Apply early for visas at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv

The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv advises visa applicants with scientific and technology backgrounds to apply early and well before anticipated travel to the United States. The issue is that many applicants are subject to...more

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Provides Opportunities for President, Republicans, High-Tech Companies, Labor Unions

With the current Congressional focus on discretionary spending and revenue issues surrounding Sequestration, it may seem like little attention can be paid to other policy reforms. In comprehensive immigration reform,...more

Immigration Reform in the 113th Congress

In 2007, when a bipartisan group of senators and then President Bush tried to pass major immigration reform legislation, vocal opposition to the effort doomed the bill and any real attempt at reform since. The 2012 election...more

Post-Election Immigration Reform - What’s At Issue?

The prospect of comprehensive immigration reform appears to be gaining momentum. In January, a bipartisan group of eight senators announced a broad proposal for immigration reform (“Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive...more

April 1 Deadline for Filing H-1B Visa Petitions Approaches

As of April 1, 2013, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY2014). Petitions for FY2014 will allow foreign nationals to work for petitioning...more

Immigration Alert: Immigration Reform Discussions Underway in Washington

In the weeks since President Obama and the Senate’s bipartisan Gang of Eight both announced their set of principles for comprehensive immigration reform, a heightened debate of how reform will come to fruition has taken hold...more

Temporary Non-Immigrant Visas: Beyond The Basics

Foreign nationals must meet the regulatory requirements for admission into the U.S. in nonimmigrant status. The purpose of this paper is to provide the Top 10 things to consider with respect to the most common nonimmigrant...more

New Hope for Lasting Immigration Reform

Late last month, the press reported that a bipartisan group of senators had reached agreement on the outline for immigration reform legislation that could provide a lasting solution to multiple long-standing immigration...more

U.S. Needs More College-Educated Foreign Nationals

According to a recent study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) roughly 25 percent of the 255 million people in the world with a bachelor’s degree currently reside in the U.S., a proportion...more

High-Skilled Immigration Reform Measure Promises Beneficial Changes

On January 29, the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 (I-Squared Act) was introduced by a bipartisan group of senators, including Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Chris Coons (D-DE)....more

USCIS Offers New E-Verify Tool

Just recently, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the “USCIS”) launched its new E-Verify search tool, which enables users to determine whether employers are enrolled in the E-Verify system....more

Workplace Policy Institute: Immigration Reform in 2013 - What U.S. Employers Can Expect

For the past decade, lawmakers have discussed immigration reform, but changes to U.S. immigration laws have been minimal. During the 2012 election campaign President Obama pledged to place immigration reform at the top of his...more

President Obama Announces Plan for STEM Master Teacher Corps

Today the White House announced the President's plan to dedicate $1 billion to create a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Master Teacher Corps. The program will begin in 50 locations with 50 exceptional STEM...more

Immigration Reforms and Updates from DHS and DOS

In a press release dated January 31, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a number of proposed administrative reforms designed to enable the United States to attract and retain highly skilled foreign...more

DHS PROPOSES IMMIGRATION REFORMS TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN HIGHLY SKILLED IMMIGRANTS

On January 31, 2012 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced several proposed reforms recommended by President Obama to assist in the retention of highly educated foreign nationals. While the federal regulatory...more

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