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USCIS Issues Draft Guidance on L-1B Specialized Knowledge Visas

The L-1 (“intracompany transferee”) nonimmigrant visa classification permits multinational companies to transfer certain categories of employees from their foreign operations to their operations in the United States....more

Férias de Verão! - Pensando nas posibilidades do Visto Estudantil

Resumo - Quando se trata de America Latina temos o ditado, “ Por mais que as coisas mudem, mais ficam iguais. Uma das consequências dessa instabilidade política e econômica e incerteza é que os latinos buscam qualquer...more

USCIS Releases Much-Anticipated L-1B Specialized Knowledge Proposed Guidance Memorandum

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a much-anticipated proposed policy memorandum on adjudication of the L-1B “specialized knowledge” nonimmigrant visa category. USCIS Director León Rodríguez said...more

L-1B Policy Development: USCIS Issues L-1B Adjudications Memo for Comment

Today, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum that provides guidance to field adjudicators on things to consider while adjudicating an L-1B petition. Specifically, the new L-1B...more

DOS Establishes Timeline for 2015 Poverty Guidelines

When processing immigrant visa cases subject to the Affidavit of Support Form I-864 requirement, consular posts must use the numbers representing 125 percent of poverty guidelines as the minimum income that a petitioner...more

Department of State Releases April 2015 Visa Bulletin

Cutoff dates in the EB-2 India category advance by eight months, cutoff dates in EB-3 for the Rest of the World advance by four months, cutoff dates in the EB-2 China advance by seven months, and cutoff dates for China EB-3...more

Russian Legislation Update - 2 – 15 March 2015

In This Issue: - Civil Code Reform: contracts and obligations - New Development Bank BRICS - Employment/Foreign Citizens - Securities: bondholders; information disclosure - Excerpt from New Development Bank...more

Common Immigration Mistakes Employers Make and How to Avoid Them

Employers looking to hire foreign nationals have a number of work visa options available to them in order to bring the foreign national into the country for employment. The process of choosing the appropriate work visa can be...more

Premium Processing Delayed for FY16 Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will begin accepting cap-subject H-1B petitions on April 1, 2015, for start dates of October 1, 2015 or later. ...more

Immigration Update: USCIS accepting FY2016 H-1Bs as of April 1, 2015

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) will accept cap-subject H-1B Petitions on April 1st, 2015 for start dates of October 1st, 2015 or later. ...more

H-1Bs, H-4s and H-2Bs – Oh, My! Big developments in the H Nonimmigrant Visa Classifications, and Expanded DACA and DAPA are...

Effective May 26, 2015, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting work authorization for H-4 spouses of two groups of H-1B nonimmigrant workers: those who have an approved I-140 petition...more

What H-4 Visa Holders Need to Know about Employment Authorization

Under new rules announced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at the end of February, beginning May 26, 2015, H-4 visa holders who are the dependent spouses of H-1B visa holders will be eligible for employment...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

USCIS Predicts Random Lottery for H-1B Cap and Announces Premium Processing to Start on May 11

April 1, 2015, is the first day U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept H-1B cap-subject petitions for next year's allotment of visas for foreign national professionals in specialty occupations. ...more

What Employment Visas Are Available for Foreign Worker?

Employers are, with increasing frequency, looking overseas to fill their employment needs. Not only can hiring foreign nationals help a company fill a specific position, but hiring highly-skilled foreign nationals –...more

The Schengen Agreement

If you have ever checked Visa requirements for a European country, you have likely seen the phrase “the Schengen area.” The following 26 countries are members of the Schengen area: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark,...more

Adjudication of H-2B Petitions Temporarily Suspended

On March 4, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) suffered a major blow as result of a ruling by a federal district court in the Northern District of Florida. Specifically, in Perez v. Perez, No. 3:14-cv-682 (N.D. Fla. Mar. 4,...more

Congressman Jolly’s Bill Could Change Lives of E-2 Visa Holders

Congressman David Jolly of Florida is working on a bill that would provide a pathway for E-2 visa holders to obtain permanent residence based on the length of their residency in the United States and their economic stability....more

Avoiding an Immigration Nightmare: The Importance of Knowing When a Work Visa is Necessary

On January 30, 2015, Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Joel Peralta faced what many business immigration practitioners would refer to as an avoidable immigration nightmare....more

H-1B Crunch Time Is Upon Us; Act Now Or Be On The Sidelines Until 2016

With the United States job market continuing to recover slowly but steadily, and immigration reform legislation becoming an increasingly more distant possibility in the 114th Congress, it is extremely likely that H-1B visas...more

USCIS Announces Employment Authorization Eligibility For Certain H-4 Spouses

As part of President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced eligibility for select H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B visa holders to obtain employment...more

DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants

On February 24, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule that extends eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based...more

DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Holders Seeking Permanent Residence

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced earlier this week that, pursuant to a published regulation effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending...more

Certain Dependent Spouses of H-1B Workers Will Become Eligible for Employment Authorization Effective May 26, 2015

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) amended the regulations to allow certain H-4 dependent spouses to work in the United States. This is excellent news, particularly for spouses of H-1B workers from India...more

FAQs on H-4 Work Permit Final Rule from DHS

On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published a Final Rule confirming that certain H-4 spouses will be eligible to apply for U.S. work authorization. Following is an outline of this new Final Rule...more

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