Immigration Blog

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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Select H-4 Dependent Spouses Now Eligible for Work Authorization

By |May 26th, 2015|

Calling all H-1B and H-4 holders! The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced that select H-4 dependents are now eligible to apply for work authorization. Beginning May 26, some H-4 holders can start filing their applications and be on their way to obtaining employment authorization.

Who Qualifies?
H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants can file for […]

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June 2015 Visa Bulletin Update

By |May 22nd, 2015|

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) receives thousands of green card applications every year, which creates a significant backlog. In result, the U.S. Department of State issues the monthly Visa Bulletin, providing updated priority dates and application quota numbers.

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

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H-1B Lottery Season Nears End as USCIS Completes Data Entry

By |May 14th, 2015|

Did you know that 66% of filed H-1B lottery applications won’t be considered for processing this year? That’s because the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received more than 233,000 H-1B petitions for FY 2016, which is a staggering two-thirds more than the 85,000 limit.

Why is there a limit?
There are many skilled workers from […]

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May 2015 Visa Bulletin Update

By |May 8th, 2015|

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) receives a massive volume of green card applications every year, creating a significant backlog. As a result, the U.S. Department of State issues the monthly Visa Bulletin, which provides updates regarding priority date timelines and application quota numbers.

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

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Employment-Based Green Cards: 3 Tips to Help You Master the PERM Process

By |May 6th, 2015|

Sponsoring a foreign national for an employment-based green card is a great way to retain skilled talent. However, for most green card categories (including EB-2 and EB-3), employers are required to complete a rigorous PERM labor certification process. This important step, which must be completed before starting the green card process, helps the U.S. government make sure […]

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