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The H1B Hunger Games: May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor:

May 4, 2016|Contributed by: Jeff D. Joseph, Esq.

Every year, on April 1st, when our office files our H-1B applications, I am reminded of the scene from Hunger Games where Effie Trinket, the escort for the District 12 Tributes, draws the names of the Tributes at the annual reaping. Those Tributes will go on to participate in the Hunger Games and,...

Greater Missouri Medical Pro-Care Providers, Inc. (GMM) v. Perez (2015) Explained

January 26, 2016|Contributed by: Joseph Law Firm

In this case, GMM hired physical and occupational therapists from the Philippines through the H-1B program for temporary foreign workers.  In 2006, one of these workers filed a complaint alleging GMM had violated several H-1B requirements by making her pay for the filing fees and attorney fees for...

Premium Processing Temporarily Suspended for H-1B Extension of Status Requests

May 26, 2015|Contributed by: Jennaweh Hondrogiannis, Esq.

In order to implement the Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Spouses final rule, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has temporarily suspended premium processing for H-1B nonimmigrants applying to extend their status. Premium processing provides expedited processing of...

USCIS Has Reached the H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2016

April 8, 2015|Contributed by: Joseph Law Firm

Contributed by Kim Tremblay, Associate Attorney As expected, USCIS announced today that it had reached the 65,000 visa cap on H-1B petitions for the upcoming fiscal year.  The 20,000 visa cap for the advanced degree exemption for applicants with a United States Master’s degree or higher was...

H-4 Employment Authorization for Certain Spouses

February 24, 2015|Contributed by: Joseph Law Firm

Contributed by Melanie Corrin, Partner United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, effective May 26, 2015 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin allowing certain H-4 dependent spouses to apply for employment...

H-1B Season is Upon Us

February 16, 2015|Contributed by: Joseph Law Firm

Contributed by Melanie Corrin, Partner For businesses, there is nothing more important than having a strong, dedicated workforce.  For many employers with professional positions to offer, this means racing to the Citizenship & Immigration Service to file for a potential employee’s H-1B visa...

Changing Status from an L-1 to an H-1B: It Just Makes Sense

February 3, 2015|Contributed by: Joseph Law Firm

Contributed by Koby Polaski, Senior Attorney, Edwards For someone on an L-1 visa, especially a worker nearing the maximum amount of authorized stay in the United States, a change of status from L-1 to H-1B might be a smart, strategic decision. There are a few similarities between the L-1 and the...

The Alternatives to the Elusive H-1B

January 29, 2015|Contributed by: Joseph Law Firm

Contributed by Amber L. Blasingame, Associate Attorney, Colorado Springs March Madness is just around the corner. For business immigration attorneys, March Madness does not include the Sweet Sixteen or Final Four, but the furious month dedicated to preparing and assembling cap-subject H-1B...

Will We See Changes to the H-1B Program Before the New Year?

October 24, 2014|Contributed by: Joseph Law Firm

Contributed by Koby Polaski, Senior Attorney In early October, President Obama announced his plans to make the H-1B system “more efficient” through executive action. In a White House transcript, Obama specifically said, “What I’ve committed to is, is that assuming Congress doesn’t act, I...

USCIS Has Reached the H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2015

April 7, 2014|Contributed by: Joseph Law Firm

Contributed by Kim Tremblay, Associate Attorney As expected, the United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it had reached the 65,000 visa cap on H-1B petitions for the upcoming fiscal year.  The 20,000 visa cap for the advanced degree exemption for applicants...

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