Immigration Blog

USCIS Provides Additional Guidance for L-1B’s ‘Specialized Knowledge’ Requirement

By |August 28th, 2015|

Recently, United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) reported that the denial rate for L-1B visas, for intracompany transfers with specialized knowledge, hit a record high of 35 percent in 2014. In direct response, on August 31, USCIS will implement a policy memorandum to guide its officers in adjudicating L-1B petitions.

L-1B classification enables multinational companies […]

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District Court Invalidates F-1 OPT STEM Extension, DHS Plans Next Steps

By |August 18th, 2015|

On August 12, the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., ruled that the program granting 17-month extensions in F-1 Optional Practical Training for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students was invalid, citing that the program failed to follow the proper enactment procedures.

The F-1 OPT program allowed F-1 students who have majored in STEM fields […]

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3 Steps to an Efficient Immigration Process

By |August 10th, 2015|

The immigration process can be stressful for new and seasoned HR professionals alike, due to strict regulations, tedious application requirements and more. However, it’s possible to bring efficiency to the process with a few simple adjustments.

Here are three ways to help you manage immigration for your company while saving time and money:

1. Fix Poor Communication
Inefficient […]

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August 2015 Visa Bulletin Update

By |July 30th, 2015|

The August 2015 Visa Bulletin is now live. For updated family- and employment-based green card processing times, view the charts below.

Since the U.S. Department of State (DOS) receives thousands of green card applications every year and there are limits on the number of petitions filed annually, per country, there’s a multi-year backlog for certain categories. […]

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USCIS Stats Reveal L-1B Denial Rates Remain High

By |July 20th, 2015|

United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) designates a special visa classification, the L-1, for “intracompany transferees,” i.e. individuals who work for a company outside the U.S. that is related to a U.S. company, so that those individuals can work for the related company in the United States.

At first glance this category may seem straightforward […]

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LMO to LMIA: The 4 Biggest Changes to Canada’s Labour Market Assessment

By |July 8th, 2015|

If you’re a Canadian employer who regularly hires foreign talent, you’ve probably had to complete the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) in the past to ensure your recruitment of foreign workers doesn’t displace a Canadian citizen from the local workforce. However, the government has made changes to the market test to add more regulations and rigorous […]

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What HRs Need to Know About the F-1 OPT, H-1B Cap-Gap

By |July 1st, 2015|

While the H-1B lottery season is over, if you sponsored an H-1B petition for a student with an F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) status, there are a few things you should know about the “Cap-Gap.”

What’s the Cap-Gap?
When an HR professional sponsors an F-1 OPT holder and the H-1B application is selected for processing and subsequently […]

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July 2015 Visa Bulletin Update

By |June 25th, 2015|

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) receives thousands of family- and employment-based green card applications every year, which creates a backlog. As a result, the U.S. Department of State issues the monthly Visa Bulletin, allowing applicants to learn when their petition will be processed.

Each date indicates how long the current backlog is, as […]

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VISANOW Celebrates Immigrant Heritage Month

By |June 17th, 2015|

June is Immigrant Heritage Month and VISANOW is joining the nationwide celebration. The holiday was founded last year by nonprofits Welcome.us and FWD.us, which are dedicated to promoting immigration and tech communities in the U.S., respectively.

All month long, people around the country will share their personal immigration stories and how they’re keeping their cultural traditions […]

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USCIS Revises Filing Requirements for H-1B Holder Worksite Changes

By |June 3rd, 2015|

Recently, USCIS changed the required filing process for when an H-1B employee changes work locations outside the area of intended employment. If any of your employees have changed work locations since the most recent H-1B filing, you may need to file an amended petition.

Here’s what you need to know:

This new policy change is retroactive, which […]

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