Immigration Blog

Are You Eligible for the 60-Day Grace Period?

Fact pattern: Our top candidate is on H-1B status and says his prior job was terminated. He is on his 60-day grace period and anxious to start working for us. How does the H-1B 60-day grace period work?  What do we need to know to hire this candidate?  Here are some key things to know about the 60-day grace period.  What is the 60- day grace period? First, let me say – this is a […]

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What should you know about the easing of COVID-19 travel restrictions for certain foreign nationals?

The White House announced plans to ease travel restrictions on certain international travelers coming into the United States beginning in early November 2021. The plan will rescind the current geographic COVID-19 related travel bans implemented for individuals from Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the U.K., and will instead move forward with solutions to deter the spread of COVID-19 based on individuals, rather than restrictions placed on entire countries or […]

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Foreign Nationals: Things You Should Know Before Travelling Abroad

Many foreign nationals travel abroad and renew their visas during this time of year. This process, however, is becoming more challenging, restrictive, and time-consuming with COVID still raging around the world. In January, the Biden Administration reinstated COVID-19 Travel Bans from Brazil, Ireland, the U.K., and the Schengen Area. Additionally, they added South Africa to that list. Travelers physically present in the affected countries will be banned from entering the U.S. until the ban is […]

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Answers to the Most Common Business Immigration Questions from HR Professionals

In celebration of a brighter future, I am starting a new section dedicated to answering questions that I receive from our clients. This way, you can open the newsletter and see what other similarly situated professionals want to know — answers to questions that will also help you! Here is the first question and answer, based on ongoing shifts on our workforce:     What Is the Impact of Furloughs on Our Nonimmigrant Employees? Furloughs (or unpaid […]

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What You Need to Know about This Years’ Cap-Gap and H-1B Cap Petitions Pending Adjudication

We are happy to report that we have begun to receive receipt notices for some H-1B FY2021 cap-subject petitions! Below are answers to FAQs to help employers and their F-1 cap-gap students continue to plan for the H-1B cap-gap. Have receipt notices from the Vermont Service Center come in yet?  No. We’re still waiting for the receipt notices for the H-1B cap petitions filed with the Vermont Service Center (VSC), which has reported having issues […]

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Why Is the I-94 So Important?

Simply put, an I-94 record contains all of the most important information related to a nonimmigrant’s stay in the United States, including detailing how long they can remain in the country and what kinds of things they can do while here.  Moreover, it serves as proof of their lawful admission to the United States. If this form contains errors that aren’t noticed until too late, the person holding it and their employer can find themselves […]

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