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Book Excerpt: What Is the L-1 Visa?

Giselle Carson discusses the L-1 visa in depth in her book, Beyond the H-1B: A Guide to Work Visa Options for Employers, Foreign Nationals, and Graduating Students, available on Amazon.Here is a brief excerpt from the L-1 visa chapter. L-1 Visas are a useful and effective vehicle for multinational companies to establish or expand their presence in the U.S., and to bring in qualified personnel. For example, the owner or manager of a manufacturing company abroad […]

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How Long Should Employers Retain Their Immigration Records?

Your filing cabinet is overflowing. Boxes are taking over your workspace. And you’re left wondering, “Do I really need to keep all this stuff?” As an HR professional, an important part of your job is ensuring compliance with business immigration laws. This means: Keeping immigration records for current and former employees who are foreign nationals working in the US Ensuring files are accessible at either the principal place of business or the worksite Storing immigration […]

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FAQs about the Cap-Gap and H-1B Petitions Still Pending Adjudication

Are you and your employees still waiting for a cap-subject H-1B petition adjudication? You are not alone. Foreign nationals and their employers have been facing more uncertainty, scrutiny, and challenges over the last two years. Since filings currently cannot be upgraded to premium processing, we may be waiting well beyond September 30, 2018 for USCIS to complete the adjudication of these pending petitions. Here are answers to FAQs to help you and your employees plan […]

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Flowchart of O-1A Process

The O-1A is a work visa for those with extraordinary achievement in science, education, business, or athletics. Download a PDF of the flowchart.  

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What You Need to Know about the New InfoPass Appointment Process

Jacksonville was one of five local USCIS field offices selected to implement a new InfoPass appointment pilot program. Some information about the program conflicts with our actual experience with the system, so we wanted to share our tips for making and going to your appointment. Not all appointment types are currently accepted. The Jacksonville office is temporarily not accepting InfoPass appointments for information services. You can only schedule appointments for document services (such as passport […]

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What You Need to Know about the Travel Ban

The US Supreme Court upheld the third, re-engineered version of President Trump’s travel ban by a vote of 5 to 4. This decision will add another brick to the invisible wall creating negative disruption to businesses, families, and our country’s prosperity. We already had and now will have an enhanced “extreme vetting” process for all visa processing. The United States has some of the most comprehensive visa screening procedures in the world, which include identity, security, and […]

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