News & Resources

Tag: Work Visas

FAQ – H-1B Visas Going…Going…Gone. Now What?

Alternative Work Visas to Consider  With the option of obtaining a cap-subject H-1B visa off the table, you may wonder: what options are available to employers seeking work visas for skilled foreign nationals? What should the plan of action be for professionals seeking an employment visa? Download our quick guide to alternative work visa options to consider below. You can also learn more details about these work visas in my book, Beyond the H-1B: A Guide to Work Visa Options for Employers, Foreign Nationals, and Graduating Students, available on Amazon. Download Now

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

WEBINAR – How to Prepare for the New H-1B Cap Season: What You Need to Know

The Trump Administration policy “Buy American, Hire American” is leading to many changes in immigration, particularly with H-1B processing. Join us for a one-hour webinar to discuss the following and more: H-1B application timeline New required documentation Proving the professional nature of the occupation My H-1B is filed, now what? What’s next? Wednesday, February 21, 2018 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST   Register Now

Continue Reading

Prepare for the H-1B the Lottery: H-1B FAQs – Part 1

The demand for cap-subject H-1Bs continues to be high. Therefore, it is imperative that employers, employees, and their immigration counsel start petition preparations early. Job descriptions, salary, O*Net codes, Department of Labor (DOL) registration, the posting of required notices, and credential verification are only a few of the details that must be considered during preparation. Read part 1 of our FAQs, and check back next month for part 2. 1. What is the H-1B visa? […]

Continue Reading

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, […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading