USCIS Rescinds Memo on Deference for Renewals

Although it has not received as much news coverage as travel bans and the DACA decision, the administration has also been making it harder for companies utilizing the legal immigration system. The latest example came at the end of October, when the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services released a Policy Memorandum stating that officers will no longer give deference [...]

By |2017-11-13T10:48:42-07:00November 13, 2017|

USCIS Reverses Long-Standing Policy for Adjustment of Status Applicants

In a change of long-standing policy, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has elected to stop granting advance parole to adjustment of status applicants who travel internationally while their application is pending. This means that individuals with an H-1B or L-1 visa who travel while the advance parole application is pending, or individuals seeking to renew their advance parole documents, [...]

By |2017-08-29T14:59:44-07:00August 30, 2017|

DOL and DHS Promise to Detect Fraud in Worker Visa Programs

A number of technology companies rely heavily on foreign workers — and the H-1B program — to fill positions requiring specialized, highly trained employees. However, a recent executive order asking for an overhaul of the H-1B program is beginning to take effect, and it could become increasingly difficult for tech companies to easily and affordably obtain a skilled workforce. Moreover, [...]

By |2017-08-02T10:46:55-07:00August 2, 2017|

USCIS to Suspend Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced recently that it is temporarily suspending premium processing for all H-1B petitions starting on April 3. This means that petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker that requests H-1B status. Per USCIS, the suspension could last up [...]

By |2017-03-10T09:52:38-07:00March 10, 2017|

H-1B Season is Here! Applications Open April 3

It’s H-1B season, and as a reminder, the H-1B visa is for professional workers coming to work in specialty occupations. Congress only allocates 65,000 visas per year and an additional 20,000 for individuals with an advanced degree from a United States university who have not previously been counted against the cap. The H-1B is often the visa of choice for companies [...]

By |2017-02-13T14:52:09-07:00February 10, 2017|

News Articles Highlight Immigration Facts and Skilled Immigrant Labor Contributions

Immigration reform is a hot-button topic in large part due to current presidential politics, with many predicting that despite setbacks to reform in recent years, the issue will come before the United States Congress in 2017. Many organizations, including tech companies, universities and hospitals that benefit from skilled immigrants who fill the void for certain specialized knowledge are pushing for [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:19-07:00August 29, 2016|

USCIS Completes Lottery Processing of Record Number of H-1B Visa Applications Filed in 2016

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced that they have completed the process of data entry and providing receipts for H-1B applications selected in this year’s H-1B lottery.  As expected, applications for H-1B visas for U.S. organizations exceeded the allocated supply significantly. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that handles applications for the visas, announced it received more than 236,000 [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:25-07:00May 9, 2016|

Applications for H-1B Visa Accepted Beginning on April 1

On April 1, USCIS will begin to accept applications for H-1B visas for Fiscal Year 2016, and it is widely accepted that the annual allotment will be taken quickly. As a reminder, the H-1B visa is for professional workers coming to work in specialty occupations. Congress only allocates 65,000 visas per year and an additional 20,000 for individuals with an [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:28-07:00February 1, 2016|

Terminating an H-1B employee: Obligations of the Employer

With the H-1B season behind us, now is a good time to look at the other end of the spectrum – the conclusion of H-1B employment.  While obtaining an H-1B visa to hire a skilled foreign worker can be a process in itself, employers should know that there are some obligations they need to meet when choosing to terminate an [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:38-07:00May 19, 2015|

What Employers Should Know About International Medical Graduates and J-1 Waivers

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who enter the United States with a J-1 visa are a potentially talented pool of applicants for United States employers, but the visa requirements are not ideal for immediate or continued employment once the J-1 status ends. Luckily, however, there are several waivers for the J-1 visa that employers or the IMG can pursue. For background, [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:38-07:00May 14, 2015|