H-1B Amendment USCIS Guidelines IT Serve Conference Call
Date & time: May 22nd 2015 at 3:00PM (Central time)
Conference dial-in number: 559-726-1300
Participant access code: 882911
Sudhakar Pennam, President, ITServe Alliance
Satish Mandava, Founding President & Political Affairs, ITServe Alliance
Emily Neumann, Partner & Attorney at Law, Reddy & Neumann, P.C.
Rebecca Chen, Partner & Attorney at Law, Reddy & Neumann, P.C.
On April 9, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) ruled that H-1B petitioners must file an amended I-129 petition along with a new certified LCA to reflect a change in an H-1B employee’s work location. On April 30, the USCIS Ombudsman’s office held a teleconference to discuss the new amendment policy, during which the panel speakers articulated the need for clearer guidance from the Service concerning how the new ruling will specifically be implemented.
Yesterday, May 21, USCIS issued a web alert addressing many of the questions raised during the teleconference, including when an amended petition must be filed, when an amended petition is not necessary, and timing of filing. In particular, USCIS has given an August 19 deadline for H-1B employers to become compliant with the guidelines.
Our speakers, attorneys Emily Neumann and Rebecca Chen, will discuss the implications of these amendment guidelines and advise concerning practical filing and compliance strategies.
About our Speakers:
Emily Neumann is a Partner with Reddy & Neumann, P.C. She has over ten years of experience with the firm and advises U.S. businesses concerning both temporary and permanent employment-based work visas. She has authored articles and e-books on business immigration and has been a frequent speaker at gatherings of IT and HR professionals on immigration matters. She has also been involved with lobbying efforts with government officials concerning immigration policy affecting the information technology industry.
Rebecca Chen is a Partner with Reddy & Neumann, P.C. She has worked with the firm in its nonimmigrant visa department since 2009, with a particular focus on H-1B adjudications in light of the 2010 Neufeld memo concerning the H-1B employment relationship. She advises clients throughout the visa process, including responding to Requests for Evidence and guiding clients through consular processing.
Please feel free to extend this invitation to non-IT Serve member companies and encourage them to be a part of our efforts.
Reddy & Neumann, P.C. is an immigration law firm in Houston, Texas. For over 15 years, our firm has successfully represented corporate clients across the United States in their efforts to bring foreign workers and business professionals to the United States. Reddy & Neumann, P.C. is highly experienced in working with employment-based visas, adjustment of status, green cards, and PERM labor certification. From filing, through approval, and on to appeal, we do everything possible to ensure that your company can bring the best and brightest in the world to the United States.