Characteristics of H-1B Specialty Occupation Workers for FY 2012 – Where Do We Go From Here?

In a month or two, new freshman class of international students will be swarming all the college campuses excited about their future.  Sophomores will be deciding their majors, most hoping to follow their passions.  Some juniors may have a change of heart and look to switch majors as they face practical realities.  The entering...

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U.S. Permanent Residence – What’s Going On With The U.S. Department of Labor?

Even though the U.S. economy continues to display signs of improvement in an uneven economic environment, the waters remain murky when it comes to understanding the decision making process at the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) on . What is the USDOL looking for when processing U.S. labor certifications or “PERM” applications? ...

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Interesting Immigration News Tidbits

Thomas Gard, a manager of Hallmark Industrial Services Inc., pled guilty in federal district court in August 2013 to harboring 42 undocumented workers, who were engaged in cleanup work on an oil spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Previously, the owner of Hallmark Industrial, Philip Hallmark, had pleaded guilty to similar crimes. According...

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Common Travel Questions From Foreign National Employees

Many foreign national employees will be traveling overseas in December and January for vacation or to be with family members during the holiday season. We often get questions related to travel and visa applications, and we thought it would be helpful to share the two most common questions that are asked, as well as other travel-relat...

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LCAs for the H-1B CAP FY 2015

With this year’s season fast approaching following last year’s CAP that was reached within five days of April 1st, it is understandable that there are many questions being passed around regarding this year’s CAP season. How can I make sure that my H-1B CAP petition is filed as soon as the CAP opens? What steps sho...

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USCIS Worksite Visits for L-1 Employers Now a True Reality

As we have mentioned in previous articles, it has come to our attention that USCIS officers have begun to make unannounced workplace visits to L-1 employers.  The USCIS has a program known as the site inspection program, which traditionally has primarily concentrated on  We believe, however, that in the coming months...

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2015年度新規H-1B申請に向けての注意点

皆さんの多くがご存知でしょうが、2014年度(2013年10月1日~2014年9月30日)の新規H-1Bビザ申請は受付開始日の2013年4月1日から5日間で申請数が新規H-1B年間発給上限数に到達したことから正式に申請書類を受け付けるランダム抽選が実施されました(実...

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Provisional Waivers for Unlawful Presence: One Year Later

Last year, on March 4, 2013, USCIS began a new provisional unlawful presence waiver program for certain relatives of U.S. citizens.  This program is for individuals who are not eligible to adjust their status to lawful permanent residence (also known as a “green card”) in the United States and who must apply for their green card...

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Travel Restrictions for H-1B Applicants

Please be advised that there are travel restrictions while your H-1B petition is pending (and until approval period start date of Oct. 1, 2014).  This is because immigration law is overseen by multiple government agencies with overlapping jurisdictions.  Therefore, whether you are physically in the U.S. or outside the U.S. during t...

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H-1B Cap Reached for FY 2015 – Need for a Plan B

As predicted, more than half of the H-1B petitions filed during the first week of April 2014 will be returned without ever being reviewed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  On April 7, 2014, USCIS announced that the fiscal year (FY) 2015 H-1B cap was reached. USCIS received about 1...

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