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The H-1B visa program allows U.S. employers to hire temporary nonimmigrant workers for specialty occupations. Specialty occupations are defined as occupations requiring the application of a "body of highly... more +
The H-1B visa program allows U.S. employers to hire temporary nonimmigrant workers for specialty occupations. Specialty occupations are defined as occupations requiring the application of a "body of highly specialized knowledge and the attainment of at least a bachelor's degree or its equivalent." Examples of specialty occupations include chemistry, mathematics, engineering, medicine, and architecture, to name a few. Individuals may not apply for H-1B visas; they are distributed only through the approval of employer petitions. In order to protect U.S. workers from unfair competition resulting from the program, the rules require that employers pay nonimmigrant workers equivalent wages to similarly-situated U.S. workers or the industry's prevailing wage. H-1B visas are subject to a yearly cap which is currently set at 85,000.   less -

DHS Uses the Power of Policy to Alter Immigration Without Legislation

Efforts to reform our nation’s immigration system through legislation are frequently contentious and can become embroiled in larger legislative debates that make the passage of a bill into law a complicated process and,...more

Trump Administration Plans Large Scale Shift in Immigration Laws

President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are now exploring different options to fundamentally transform the immigration system in the United States without legislative action by Congress, according to CNN...more

Timing is Everything

In immigration news, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 that it has resumed its premium processing program for all H-1B visa petitions. USCIS had previously suspended...more

Feeling Discouraged About Immigration?

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Feeling Discouraged About Immigration? You are not alone. Many agree that the U.S.’s current immigration system is in need of comprehensive legislative reform....more

Will Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Lose Their Right to Work?

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Work permits for H-4 visa holders could soon disappear. While the H-1B visa allows families of immigrant employees to live in America, these family members were often restricted by H-4 visas, which are issued to spouses of...more

Vedder Price Business Immigration Alert - September 2017

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1. September 18, 2017: Employers Must Use New I-9 Form. As you may recall, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) recently released yet another revised version (edition 07/17/17) of Form I-9, Employment...more

Recent Developments In U.S. Immigration Law: H-1B Visa Category, Nonimmigrant Visa Applications Abroad And Suspension Of...

U.S. immigration law practitioners are expecting a turbulent fall ahead with upcoming H-1B adjudications challenges by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a suspension of nonimmigrant visa applications in Russia and...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 21

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US Budget Deficit Narrowed to $42.9 Billion in July: The federal budget deficit fell sharp­ly in July from a year earlier, largely because of a quirk in the calendar. The U.S. Treasury Department said that the budget gap came...more

U.S. Immigration Solution: Canada is Open for Business

The competition for professional foreign workers continues to increase in many U.S. business sectors. In light of changing U.S. immigration laws and impending reform, however, American companies hiring foreign talent are...more

June 2017 Special Immigration Alert

by Epstein Becker & Green on

President Trump Notifies Congress of Intent to Renegotiate NAFTA - On May 18, 2017, President Trump officially notified Congress of the administration’s intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement...more

The First 100 Days on Planet Immigration

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The first months of President Trump’s administration have been a whirlwind of activity, and certainly immigration has been the subject of several executive orders and much controversy. The natural question that arises from...more

Potential Government Shutdown: Immigration Consequences for Employers and their Foreign National Employees

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: If Congress fails to pass a funding bill by midnight on Friday, April 28, resulting in a federal government shutdown, it would trigger numerous immigration-related ripple effects on employers, both large...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - April 21, 2017 Vol. 1, Issue 5

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White House Demands Disrupt Shutdown Negotiations: Congressional leaders' efforts to hatch a massive spending deal have been thrown off course by the Trump administration's 11th-hour intervention, leaving the bipartisan bill...more

How Do Recent Government Announcements and Actions Affect the H-1B Visa Program?

Speaking at his Joint Address to Congress in February 2017, President Donald Trump expressed his intention to tackle legal immigration beyond his Executive Orders on border security and international travel. Recent...more

Trump Targets Tech Teams (And Others) Through H-1B Crackdown

by Fisher Phillips on

President Trump signed an executive order this week directing a full review of the H-1B visa program as part of a continued push to clamp down companies that hire foreign labor instead of American workers. The centerpiece of...more

Trump Administration Announces Changes to the H-1B Program

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In connection with the Trump Administration’s desire to crack-down on its perceived misuse of the H-1B visa category, various U.S. government agencies have announced a coordinated effort in re-interpreting regulations as well...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

Congress entered into its spring recess on April 7 having delivered regulatory reforms to President Trump’s desk. In the first 75 days of the Trump administration, legislators approved 13 Congressional Review Act resolutions,...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 3

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Budget/Appropriations - Spending Talks: House and Senate appropriators continue efforts to nail down an agreement on a stopgap spending measure to avert a government shutdown after the expiration of the current...more

USCIS Issues Guidance on H-1B Petition Adjudication, Announces ‘Targeted’ Site Visits

by Morgan Lewis on

USCIS issued a policy memorandum to increase scrutiny of H-1B petitions for computer-related positions and an announcement regarding increased H-1B employer site visits—what will these changes mean for foreign worker visa...more

Quick Guidance: What To Do In The Event of a Visit By The DHS-ICE Agents

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the administration generally, signals increases in immigration enforcement activity, businesses are advised to implement clear protocols for the conduct of...more

USCIS Processing Times Remain Backlogged

Processing times at the various U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) service centers remain quite backlogged despite the agency’s continued efforts to improve its administration of immigration benefits. Every...more

Breaking Immigration Developments: President Trump’s Second Travel Ban Halted

by Snell & Wilmer on

In an unprecedented development last week, a Federal District Judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide restraining order halting President Trump’s second travel ban. The successful challenge, brought by the State of Hawaii, once...more

DHS Site Visits and Inspections — Be Prepared

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From time to time, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conducts site visits at the offices of employers petitioning for temporary work visas on behalf of their employees. These visits are funded by the $500 “anti-fraud”...more

Compliance News Flash

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

This week’s news flash – a quick overview of timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important to your organization. 1. President Trump signed a revised executive order restricting travel—known...more

March 2017 Special Immigration Alert

by Epstein Becker & Green on

President Trump Issues Revised Executive Order on Travel - Today, President Trump issued a revised executive order on travel that becomes effective at 12:01 a.m. EDT on March 16, 2017 (“March 16 EO”). The March 16 EO...more

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