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Immigration Outlook for 2018

As we begin 2018, we expect ongoing efforts to transform and limit our legal immigration system without Congress’ approval. Some of the policies and changes being looked at include: Eliminating the work authorizations for certain H-1B spouses; Overhauling the H-1B program, including a new definition of “specialty occupation” and reworking the definitions of “employment” and “employer-employee relationship”; A modified H-1B cap selection process based upon degrees and wages; Reform for the F-1 student program that […]

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Summary of 2017’s Major Immigration Policy Changes

The current administration has set a goal of slowing down the legal immigration process to achieve a reduction in immigration and arguably protect US jobs. As a result, last year saw its fair share of policy upheavals, including: Three successive travel bans; The six-month suspension of premium processing for all H-1B petitions, including those counted against the annual H-1B cap; The unprecedented Level Wage 1 H-1B visa requests for further evidence (RFEs), which has led […]

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Update: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

On October 3, USCIS resumed premium processing for alltypes of H–1B petitions. Premium processing for H–1B petitions and other selected types of employment-based cases is available for an additional government filing fee of $1,225. In exchange, your petition is processed within fifteen calendar days.

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Book Excerpt: Benefits of an O-1 Visa over an H-1B

Considering the limitations of the H-1B visa, we encourage our clients to consider alternative work visas, such as the O-1 visa. Here is an excerpt from the “O-1 Visa for Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievements” chapter in Giselle Carson’s book Beyond the H-1B: A Guide to Work Visa Options for Employers, Foreign Nationals, and Graduating Students, which is available for purchase on Amazon. Overview The O-1 visa is especially helpful for highly accomplished athletes, […]

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Top Occupations, States, and Employers for H-1B

The Department of Labor recently released the top occupations, states, and employers submitted for the H-1B. Perhaps not surprisingly, the top five occupations are related to computer sciences. California submitted nearly 25% of the applications received. And some of the top employers include Deloitte Consulting, LLP; Cognizant Technology Solutions, US Corporation; and Apply, Inc. Here are the complete Top 10 lists:

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Are You Eligible for a 10- or 60-Day Grace Period?

The new High-Skilled Workers rule granted new grace periods that those in non-immigrant status may not be aware of yet. You can use your grace period to prepare to begin employment in the country, plan to depart the United States, or take action to extend, change, or otherwise maintain lawful status. However, it is important to note that you are not authorized to work during that grace period. Who is eligible for a 60-day grace […]

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