Immigration Blog

Use This Handy Checklist to Help You Get Ready for the H-1B Cap Filing Season

To start to give you some peace of mind and make this process go as smoothly as possible for you, we have created an initial checklist of documents and information that employers and employees should be gathering now.  Download the checklist.

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Webinar: Preparing for the FY22 H-1B Season

This webinar will break down: the registration process (if there is one), the H-1B cap process (and application of the new rule, if there is one), overcoming current challenges,  F-1 students and cap gap, and more! It will take place on Thursday, January 28 from 2-3 pm. Mark your calendars, and be on the lookout for a signup email in the near future.

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USCIS Conducts an Unprecedented 2nd H-1B Cap Lottery: What It Means for You

On August 14, 2020, without notice or warning, USCIS conducted an unprecedented second H-1B cap lottery for FY2021. Here’s what made the second lottery possible.  After the initial lottery, certain employers chose not to file some of their selected H-1B cap petition(s). This resulted in unused H-1B visa numbers. The second lottery selected candidates from the remaining, previously unselected registrations. How did it work? USCIS uploaded new Registration Selection Notices to the USCIS Online Accounts. […]

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Can I Keep Someone with an Expired H-4 EAD Employed?

Considering the delays, challenges, and exemptions with work authorization extensions of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), employers are asking if they can keep certain workers employed with an expired EAD. If the person’s EAD has expired and they do not yet have the new EAD or another valid, acceptable document to present for verification, they may not be able to continue working. However, there are some exceptions.  All U.S. workers must present acceptable documents to prove […]

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How Do I Complete the I-9 Verification of an F-1 Student Under the H-1B Cap-Gap?

Some F-1 students whose H-1B petitions were timely filed with an October 1 start date and requested change of status are eligible for a cap-gap extension of status and employment authorization. The cap-gap is the period between when the F-1 student status would end and the H-1B status begins on October 1. Qualifying students are legally able to live and work in the United States during the “cap-gap” period. The cap-gap extension ends on September […]

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Will Those on Work Visas Get a COVID-19 Stimulus Check?

Through the COVID-19 economic relief package, many Americans will receive financial assistance from the government, subject to income restrictions. It’s a little more complicated for tax-paying foreign nationals, such as those here on a H-1B or F-1 visa. The distribution of the stimulus money is not directly dependent on immigration status but on whether the applicant:  is a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or qualifying U.S. resident alien;  is not claimed as a dependent on someone […]

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