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2018 H-1B Lottery Completed – Anxiously Awaiting Lottery Results!

In the weeks following the opening and closing of the annual H-1B filing window, which I affectionately describe as “Duck Season for Immigration Lawyers,” we immigration lawyers, our clients and the clients’ international employees, anxiously await results on who won the lottery – the H-1B lottery. The […]

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The State of H-4 Employment Authorization

It was long the case that H-4 Visa holders were not eligible to work in the United States. H-4 Visa holders are the spouses and minor (unmarried) children of H-1B Visas holders. In May 2015 the Department of Homeland Security announced that certain H-4 Spouses would be […]

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Computer Programmers:  Not a Slam Dunk for H-1Bs

The USCIS, by Memorandum dated March 31, 2017, rescinded a December 22, 2000 Memorandum titled “Guidance memo on H1B computer related positions.”  The 2000 Memorandum provided guidance on whether certain computer-related occupations qualified as “specialty occupations” – namely the role of Computer Programmer. The impetus for the […]

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USCIS Initiates Lockout on Dormant E-Verify User Accounts

E-Verify announced in June 2016 that it will start locking (deactivating) user IDs that have not been accessed for 270 days. The deactivation process begins on August 1, 2016 and is a retroactive look-back as of August 1st. This means that as of August 1, 2016, a […]

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File Now, Save Later!

USCIS Aims to Increase Fees on Majority of USCIS Forms[i]   “Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” ~ P. J. O’Rourke   Despite the folly of giving your money to the government, you will soon be handing […]

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March Madness – It Isn’t All Fun and Games!

The mention of March Madness brings to mind a joyous frenzy of basketball predictions, odds and good-hearted banter. To immigration lawyers, HR Staff, Recruiters and highly skilled workers, March Madness entails a systematic, yet frenzied, unpredictable approach to the hiring of and employment of those highly-skilled workers. […]

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H-1B and L-1 Government Fees Skyrocket!

On December 18, 2015 President Obama signed into law the FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which includes a provision reinstating the Supplemental Fees charged to U.S. employers who are considered “heavy” users of the H-1B and L visa programs. First, let’s talk facts: The new fees were effective […]

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New Year’s Resolutions – With a Little Help From Your Immigration Counsel!

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” ~ Melody Beattie The holidays have passed.  The decorations are down and packed away.  Folks are settling into the new year with […]

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Oh the Joy of Immigration Policy!

“Think ahead. Don’t let day-to-day operations drive out planning. ”  Donald Rumsfeld Developing company policies is a multi-faceted process that requires time, thought, insight, debate and a desire to develop systems that reliably manage people, a program or a process.  Immigration is one of those programs and […]

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