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USCIS’ No Deference Memorandum

If you are filing an extension request, you can no longer rely on a smooth process. Previously, adjudicators gave deference to the findings of the earlier approved petition, unless there was evidence of an error, fraud, or changes to key elements. However, under a new USCIS memo, adjudicators must apply an elevated level of scrutiny to extension requests. All the prior evidence and much more will have to be reproved and resubmitted. The USCIS’ officers will readjudicate the petition […]

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Combined EAD and SSN Application Form Will Allow Faster Onboarding of New Employees

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) have teamed up to allow eligible foreign workers to apply for both an employment authorization document (EAD) and a Social Security number (SSN) using one new Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. Previously, applicants had to file Form I-765 with USCIS to obtain their EAD, and then visit their local Social Security office in person and complete additional paperwork to get their SSN […]

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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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Book Release!

I’m excited to announce the release of my book, Beyond the H-1B: A Guide to Work Visa Options for Employers, Foreign Nationals, and Graduating Students. As you prepare for 2017 hires, it will be helpful to understand the work visa options available to your employees. The book is currently available on Amazon, both in print and Kindle versions. Buy now.

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Trouble Getting a License for H-1B

The 2017 H-1B petition filing season is here! To maximize your chance of success, you need to prepare now. Starting April 3, USCIS will accept H-1B visa petition filings – subject to the annual cap – for the next fiscal year, which begins October 1, 2017. To maximize the chance that your petition will be accepted in this year’s anticipated lottery, we strongly recommend that H-1B visa petitions subject to the cap be ready to be […]

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