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303, 2015

Employment Authorization for H-4 Spouses: Final Rule Published

By |March 3rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a final rule allowing certain H-4 spouses of H-1B temporary work visa holders to apply for an employment authorization document (EAD) beginning May 26, 2015. To minimize delays, eligible H-4 spouses [...]

1901, 2015

The Top 5 Mistakes Employers Make When Preparing H-1B Petitions

By |January 19th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Image source: calendarpedia.com The H-1B season is off and running!  With a strong U.S. employment report, this may well be another lottery year.   I am recommending that all petitions be ready for submission [...]

2611, 2014

Executive Action on Immigration to Affect Millions

By |November 26th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments

Did you watch the President address the nation live last week? On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions, including: cracking down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritizing deportation of [...]

1011, 2014

Spousal H-4 Visa Holders: Important Changes on the Horizon Regarding Employment Authorization For Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses

By |November 10th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

In May 2014, the Department of Homeland Security announced a proposed rule to allow for work authorization for certain spouses of H-1B visa holders. The work permit is called an Employment Authorization Document or EAD. [...]

411, 2014

U.S. Department of Sate Passport and Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) Crash update as of August 4th, 2014

By |November 4th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Department of State (DOS) continues to work and make progress to restore the visa system to full capacity and functionality. It is anticipated it will take weeks to resume full visa processing capacity. Visa [...]

2810, 2014

GOING, GOING, GONE! USCIS’ FY 2015 H-1B CAP

By |October 28th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7, 2014, that it had received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year 2015, which begins on October 1, [...]

2710, 2014

DOMA is DEAD

By |October 27th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court unequivocally affirmed there is no legitimate reason for the federal government to discriminate against married couples based on sexual orientation. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) of 1996 [...]

2010, 2014

Fiscal Year 2015: H-1B filing date coming up quickly

By |October 20th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The H-1B visa category is used by employers hiring a foreign national in a professional level position (“specialty occupation”) requiring at least a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) [...]

2009, 2014

OSC electronic I-9

By |September 20th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

An 8/20/13 Technical Assistance Letter (TAL) from the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Office of Special Counsel, Deputy Special Counsel Seema Nanda, discourages pre-population of employee information in Section 1 of the I-9 Form by electronic [...]

1308, 2014

H-1B Deadline Fast Approaching!

By |August 13th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The H-1B visa category is used by employers hiring a foreign national in a professional level position (“specialty occupation”) requiring at least a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. This year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration [...]

2806, 2014

DS-160, The New Non-Immigrant Visa Application

By |June 28th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Department of State (“DOS”) will require that all U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad use the new online DS-160 for nonimmigrant visa applications by April 30, 2010. The DS-160 will replace the paper based application, [...]

2805, 2014

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Launches ‘I-9 Central’ on USCIS.gov

By |May 28th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Since 1986, U.S. employers have been required to verify the identity and employment authorization of every worker hired, regardless of the employee’s immigration status. To comply with the law, employers must complete form I-9, available [...]

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