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Dorsey & Whitney immigration professionals would like to remind you that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will begin accepting H-1B petitions that are subject to the FY 2015 numerical limitation (the...more
The U.S. government’s H-1B temporary professional worker program allows U.S. employers to hire foreign nationals in “specialty occupation” positions that require a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. Under current law, the...more
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) requires all US employers fill out Form I-9 upon hiring an employee to verify his or her employment eligibility. Although it may seem straightforward to request that an...more
Employers seeking to employ foreign workers must often obtain a positive labour market opinion (LMO) from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) before a foreign worker will receive a work permit. If you are...more
Earlier this month, Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2014 announced that the country would be ending its Immigrant Investor Program (IIP). The Canadian government made the decision to end the program in order to eliminate a...more
It is common for companies to hire college students and plan to continue their employment after graduation. Increasingly, many foreign college students are in the United States on F-1, student visas and receive 12 months of...more
On April 1, 2014, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions for employment commencing on October 1, 2014. New H-1B petitions are subject to an annual limit of 65,000 new...more
It is that time of the year again, the time to start working on the H-1B petitions. The H-1B visa is probably the most common work visa for someone who has at least a Bachelor’s degree (or a combination of some university...more
USCIS will soon post its guidance for filing cap-subject H-1B petitions on April 1, 2014 for an Oct. 1, 2014 start date. It is anticipated that the demand for H-1Bs in fiscal year (FY) 2015 (which starts on Oct. 1, 2014) will...more
The H-1B visa filing frenzy is upon us once again! Because of the chronic shortage of nonimmigrant visas for foreign workers in the specialty occupation category (H-1B visas), employers seeking to hire new H-1B workers must...more
As regularly reported in the news, the crackdown on employers by the federal government continues. If your company is targeted and I-9 violations are discovered, fines for simple paperwork violations, even if no undocumented...more
J-1 hosts should review their policies and procedures in anticipation of unannounced site visits.
The U.S. Department of State, Office of Private Sector Exchange, will begin conducting random J-1 host site visits...more
The EB-5 investor visa is a business-based immigration option for foreign nationals with significant investments in the United States.
What is the EB-5 investor program?
The EB-5 visa was created as part of the...more
Employers and foreign nationals should note that the new H-1B quota numbers for fiscal year 2015 will become available on April 1, 2014. Employers should start preparing new cap-subject H-1B cases immediately to maximize...more
In January 2014, both the Senate and Assembly introduced bills (S354 and A101) that would require all New Jersey employers to use the federal “E-Verify” system to check the employment eligibility of each new hire, within 90...more
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions for Fiscal Year 2015 starting April 1, 2014. The allotted number of H-1B petitions that the USCIS will accept, known as the “H-1B...more
I-9 investigations are at an all-time high. Audits of employer I-9 forms increased from 250 in fiscal year 2007 to more than 3,000 in 2012. From fiscal years 2009 to 2012, the total amount of fines grew to nearly $13 million...more
The 2015 H-1B visa application period is fast approaching and applicants are reminded to act quickly so that a petition can be submitting in a timely manner. It is highly recommended that applicants submit the H-1B visa...more
Many foreign nationals from India were disheartened to learn that the priority cut-off date for the EB-2 work visa recently retrogressed by nearly four years, further delaying the approval process....more
The L work visa category allows multinational companies to transfer overseas employees to the United States. These employees may be transferred to the United States on an L work visa if the employee has been employed outside...more
A reminder that filings requesting an H-1B number for Fiscal Year 2015 (beginning October 1, 2014) can be submitted to USCIS starting April 1, 2014. ...more
The State Department released the Visa Bulletin for March 2014 with little movement in employment-based second and third categories....more
As of April 1, 2014, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY2015). Upon approval, petitions for FY2015 will allow foreign nationals to work for...more
Bulletin shows minor to moderate advancement of cutoff dates in all EB-2 and EB-3 categories, with the exception of EB-2 India, which will remain unchanged.
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released its March...more
Swipe Fee Settlement Yields More Litigation -
Although the parties reached a $7.25 billion class action settlement of the antitrust suit brought by merchants against Visa and MasterCard over swipe fees, the case is far...more
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