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Monthly Archives from March 2017

FAQs about the New Rule’s Impact on H-1B Cap Exemptions

The H-1B visa is highly sought-after. For several years now, the annual cap of 85,000 has been reach within days of the start of the filing season every April. One way to help employers apply to obtain a cap-exempt H-1B visa is to help them determine if they can be considered a cap-exempt organization or whether a foreign national could qualify to work concurrently for both cap-subject and cap-exempt organizations. The new High-Skilled Workers rule […]

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Employer Alert: Trump’s Budget and E-Verify

The President’s budget allocates $15 million to “begin implementation of mandatory nationwide use of the E-Verify Program.” E–Verify is a government web-based system that compares information from the Form I-9 to data from US government databases to confirm the applicant’s work eligibility. Currently, participation is primarily voluntary. The President will need Congress approval to mandate E–Verify nationwide. Senator Charles Grassley has re-introduced legislation to authorize a national E–Verify program. 

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Immigration Success Story: Cap-Exempt H-1B for Skilled Workers and Professionals

The Marks Gray Immigration Team regularly helps employers who qualify for cap-exempt H-1B visas. This month, we are highlighting the success story of a college and a mathematics professor from Ethiopia. The H-1B allows US employers to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. Certain organizations are exempt from the highly competitive annual H-1B visa lottery, including institutions of higher education, non-profit entities related to or affiliated with a higher education institution, and nonprofit or government […]

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FAQs about the New High-Skilled Workers Rule and Its Impact on New H-1B Visas

On January 17, 2017, the final Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule entitled “Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers” took effect. The rule amended regulations related to various employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs, including the H-1B. Since this is the first filing season where it will be in effect, we wanted to provide answers to the commonly asked questions about the changes.

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Alert to Trademark Owners

Crystal Broughan, Esq. March 2017 Trademark owners who have multiple products and services listed in a single class may now have to prove that their products or services are actually being used in commerce.  The newly published final rule recently issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) establishes a permanent random audit program for: 1- Statements of Use filed after a Notice of Allowance is issued for Intent to Use Applications; and […]

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