Quick Update: Revalidation of L-1 Blanket Visa Stamps

Currently, when an is approved by the U.S. Consulate, a five (5) year visa stamp is issued.  However, while the visa stamp (in the passport) is valid for a five-year period, the visa petition (I-129S) must be revalidated after three (3) years in order for the beneficiary and family to continue to use the visa and lawfully stay in t...

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Visa Bulletin Retrogression for June 2014

The U.S. Department of State has released the , and unfortunately, for some categories the priority dates have retrogressed.  The Priority Date cut-off for (except India and Philippines) is currently October 1st, 2012.  However, starting June 1st, 2014, only those applicants whose Priority Dates are earlie...

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Recent U.S. Supreme Court decision is a major setback to principles of family reunification

In , a divided Supreme Court ruled last week that young immigrants who were included in their parents’ visa petition, but “aged out” – that is, turned 21 – before their visas became current, would not be able to retain the original priority date of their parents’ petition.  This is a tremendous setback for immigrant fami...

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The Latest News on E-Verify

What is E-Verify? is a free service provided by the U.S government for designated agents and employers to access U.S. employment-eligibility records via the Internet. E-Verify evolved in 2006 from the Basic Pilot Program established by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the former Immigration and Naturalization Ser...

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Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decision is a Major Setback to Principles of Family Reunification

June 17, 2014 In , a divided Supreme Court ruled last week that young immigrants who were included in their parents’ visa petition, but “aged out” – that is, turned 21 – before their visas became current, would not be able to retain the original priority date of their parents’ petition.  This is a tremendous setback for...

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What Entrepreneurs Need to Consider When Hiring a Foreign Worker who needs U.S. Permanent Residence (“greencard”) Sponsorship

As an entrepreneur, one of the key factors to consider is how to get the right people on board to help you grow your business.  Say you just received your second round of financing for your start up that is going to make the world a better place, but in order to embark on this noble and significant endeavor, you need to hire a team ...

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Potential changes in definition of specialized knowledge in the L-1b category

An visa (a type of nonimmigrant visa) may be issued to an alien employee of a multinational company, to allow the employee to transfer from the company abroad to an affiliate company in the United States, if the employee works "in a capacity that . . . involves specialized knowledge."  The relevant regulation defines "specialized k...

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DOL Agrees to Review PERM Regulations

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Latest Information Regarding Work Authorization for H-4 Visa Holders

Dependents of H-1B visa holders (individuals working in a specialty occupation) are currently eligible for H-4 status, but unable to obtain work authorization from USCIS. However, USCIS is currently completing work to finalize a new regulation that would allow H-4 visa holders to apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), ...

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Department of Labor to Pursue Modernized Recruitment and Application Requirements for the PERM Program

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the PERM regulations, which govern the labor certification process for the permanent employment of immigrant foreign workers and establish responsibilities of employers who wish to employ these workers permanently in the United States. The Department has not comprehensively examined and modifie...

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