Tag Archives: H-1B
In a procedure designed to “protect” American workers from the inappropriate hiring and treatment of foreign workers, H-1B employers are required to maintain a file, referred to as the “public access file.” It is to be made available for public inspection, most commonly by the US Department of Labor or US Citizenship and Immigration Services […]
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Congressional Republicans are outraged that President Obama may take “executive action” on immigration reform after the mid-term elections—perhaps by deferring deportations and providing work authorization to millions of unauthorized immigrants with strong family ties to the United States. However, past Republican presidents have not been shy to use the White House’s power to retool immigration […]
On July 11, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum providing guidance on the adjudication of H-1B petitions for nursing positions. The memo assists USCIS officers in determining whether a nursing position meets the definition of a specialty occupation. The memo states that it supersedes any prior guidance on the subject […]
Beneficiaries of approved H-1B petitions with an October 1, 2014 start date may now begin filing their visa applications at U.S. consular posts. According to a State Department regulation: “Posts are authorized to accept H visa petitions and issue visas to qualified applicants up to 90 days in advance of applicants’ beginning of employment status. […]
A recent article by The American Immigration Council discusses two new reports by The National Foundation for American Policy. One report highlights the increasing importance of immigrants to science and engineering in America. Among the report’s various findings are that 42 percent of researchers at the top seven cancer research centers are foreign-born. Additionally, the […]
Two years ago, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an initiative to support small and start-up business to obtain the workers they need. Most foreign, professional level workers are hired through the H-1B Visa process. To date, smaller or start-up companies still encounter certain difficulties when applying for H-1B visas: USCIS sometimes claims that there […]
Visa Office Update on Priority Dates and Demand (Updated 11/27/13) During a recent conversation with Roberta Freedman, AILA Students & Scholars Committee member, Charlie Oppenheim of the Department of State’s Visa Office provided the following information and updates regarding demand in the employment-based immigrant visa categories. Please note that these notes are based on Mr. […]
USCIS announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for FY2015 for both the general category and the advanced degree exemption category, and will close the filing period after today. A random selection “lottery” will occur at a later date.
Morris Deutsch and Carolyn Killea recently published “Employing High-level or Professional International Workers,” the 1st chapter in a book called “Employing International Workers: Leading Lawyers on Complying with Regulations When Hiring International Employees.” Anyone interested may purchase the book on the Thomson Reuters site.