Immigration Blog

H-1B Cap Season: How Prioritizing H-1B Applications Gave Asurion an Immigration Advantage

By |November 29, 2016|

“You’ve seen the commercials on TV, where the family’s going on vacation and the dad says: ‘Did we shut the lights off? Did we turn the air down? Did we lock the doors?’ And they do it all from their phones,” says Jo Ann Rainwater, senior HR generalist at Asurion. “We are the company that is technical support for consumers trying to connect every electronic gadget in their house.”

Thanksgiving Roundup: How Immigrants Across the US Gives Thanks

By |November 23, 2016|

Thanksgiving dinner celebrations are at the core of U.S. history. As a secular holiday, it allows people from all backgrounds to get together and say thanks over a communal meal. Recent immigrants often reinterpret the meal by mixing the traditional aspects of the holiday with their own cultural touches. Here’s a roundup of immigrants celebrating Thanksgiving across the United States.

USCIS Final Rule Adds Greater Work Authorization Flexibility for Visa Holders and Green Card Applicants

By |November 22, 2016|

The New Year will bring greater work authorization flexibility for foreign workers and their employers. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Homeland Security published Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workersa final rule that modernizes the U.S. immigration system to help employers hire and retain global talent. The rule is slated to take effect Jan. 17, 2017.

H-1B Cap Season: 6 Ways Technology Improves the Application Process

By |November 21, 2016|

H-1B cap season is here. What will you do differently this year to improve your efficiency of the H-1B application process? We have a suggestion.

Use technology. It’s there to make your life easier.

What’s New With VISANOW 3.0: Documents Get More Visible

By |November 16, 2016|

Our team is dedicated to improving our platform at every chance while keeping you in the loop of what’s changed. Check out all our improvements and fixes in our November release notes from the VISANOW product and development teams.

December Visa Bulletin: Year-End Review and 2017 Forecast

By |November 16, 2016|

The December Visa Bulletin is now live. As the New Year approaches, we’re conducting a year-end review to study how priority dates have shifted throughout the year while looking to the future to forecast what’s ahead.

H-1B Cap Season Best Practices

By |November 14, 2016|

In a previous post, we explained why it’s best to start preparing your H-1B visa cap applications now. So, let’s get started. First, it’s important to understand the structure of the process, which includes gathering documentation, filing a Labor Condition Application (LCA) and sending the completed petition to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). While there are not many steps involved, there are smart ways to approach the process to guarantee the best experience for yourself, your employee and your organization.

Inside China’s New Work Permit System

By |November 9, 2016|

On Nov. 1, China launched a limited release of its unified work authorization application policy. The change is touted as a major overhaul of the previously regionally-based immigration program that will hopefully streamline the Chinese work permit application process. Now moving to a federal model administered by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA), the two current permit categories — the foreign work permit and the foreign expert certificate — will form into one program available to three occupation groups.

H-1B Cap Season: Why You Should Prepare Applications Now

By |November 9, 2016|

In less than five months on April 1, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) begins accepting applications for the H-1B Specialty Occupation visa — the most common work authorization sponsorship route for employers seeking to hire global talent. Each year, thousands of petitions are filed with USCIS, yet only 65,000 applications are chosen for processing, with an additional 20,000 accepted for individuals with advanced degrees.

VISANOW TechServe Alliance 2016 Recap

By |November 8, 2016|

We had a great time at the TechServe Alliance 2016. And we took some great photos of all the fun we had at our booth. Can you find yours among the bunch? Feel free to download and share them with your friends and on your social media channels using #VISANOWLive.