Update—Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); Deferred Action for Parents of Americans & Permanent Residents (DAPA)

President Trump chose the five year anniversary of the creation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to announce that the program will remain in effect. The announcement on June 15, 2017 came as a surprise since one of President Read More…

H-1B Season: Are You Ready?

It’s H-1B filing season. Once again, the number of H-1B visas is subject to an annual cap. Under the regular H-1B cap, 65,000 H-1B visas are available. An exemption from the H-1B cap is available for the first 20,000 petitions Read More…

H-1B Update

This year,  United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)  received over 236,000  H-1B applications from April 1 through April 7, 2016. Of those, the law permits only 85,000 total H-1Bs to actually be selected for consideration. As of May 2, Read More…

Is Your Business Prepared for the Upcoming H-1B Visa Season?

It is H-1B season again! On April 1, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B visa applications for new employment beginning on October 1, 2016. As usual, there is a strict annual limit or Read More…

Work Authorization to Become Available to Certain H-4 Visa Holders on May 26, 2015

A change in U.S. immigration policy effective next week will for the first time allow an estimated 180,000 H-4 visa holders apply for authorization to work in the United States.   H-4 visas are issued to the spouses of H-1B Read More…

President Obama Announces Broader Deferred Action Policy

On November 21, 2014, President Obama announced executive action on immigration. The action includes a number of facets, but among the most notable are measures to ease the deportation risks for certain individuals in the country illegally. President Obama announced Read More…

Alternatives to the H-1B Visa

The USCIS recently announced that, once again, filings for H-1B visas during the first week of the H-1B “season” exceeded the annual statutory cap.  USCIS again used a lottery system to randomly select which of this year’s petitions will be Read More…

Don’t Let this Happen to Your Business! Company Must Pay $34 Million for Alleged Misuse of B-1 Business Visitor Visas

The recent settlement between the Department of Justice and Infosys, an India-based worldwide company, sounded the alarm to employers across the country—don’t skirt immigration regulations, it’s not worth it!  Late last year, Infosys agreed to pay $34 million to settle Read More…

Your Need For Specialized Foreign Workers May Be Left To Chance, But Only If You Prepare Now! Sound Confusing? It Is.

If your business relies on skilled foreign workers or you anticipate the need to hire new foreign workers within the next year, the window for your business to claim limited available immigration visa slots could pass you by, just as Read More…

USCIS Releases New I-9 Form

The USCIS has recently released a new version of the I-9 form which employers must now use. Changes to this new I-9 include expanded instructions to help ensure accurate completion and a two page section for employee input which is Read More…