Reminder! Qualifying for the H-1B Master’s Cap

With the new electronic registration system implemented for the upcoming H-1B lottery, attorneys/employers will need to indicate whether the registrant (the prospective H-1B beneficiary) will be filed under the Master’s cap or the regular cap in order...

Immigration Impacts of the Coronavirus

            The World Health Organization (“WHO”) has declared that COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus, is a “public health emergency of international concern.” While as of February 21, 2020, only 16 cases have been confirmed in the United...

FAQ’s about FY 2021 Quota

  FY 2021 quota is just around the corner! With it comes the use of USCIS’ new H-1B online registration system. To help employers prepare, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about the H-1B registration system, registration process,...

USCIS Releases New Version of Form I-9

Today USCIS released its newest version of Form I-9. The I-9 page of USCIS’ website states that as of today, employers should begin using the Form I-9 posted on its website, which is version 10/21/2019. Employers may use either the 07/17/17N or the...

EB-1C: Multinational Manager and Executive Immigrant Petitions

EB-1C petitions are filed by employers on behalf of certain employees who are multinational managers or executives. In many respects, the EB-1C classification is similar to the L-1A classification. It should be noted, however, that an L-1A approval...

What is Immigrant Intent?

There are two main visa categories: immigrant visas and nonimmigrant visas. The type of visa that is sought will depend on the purpose of the travel. Immigrant visas are issued to foreign nationals who come to take up permanent residence in the U.S....

U.S. SUPREME COURT ALLOWS PUBLIC CHARGE RULE TO TAKE EFFECT

          On Monday, January 27, 2020, the United States Supreme Court has granted the government’s request to implement the pubic charge rule while various legal challenges to the rule remain public.           The public charge rule was set to go...

STEM OPT Site Visit FAQ’s

The current regulations governing the STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension were issued in 2016, and since that time the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has always had the right to conduct worksite visits to make sure that employers...

How the New H-1B Lottery Impacts F-1 OPT Cap-Gap

          The upcoming H-1B lottery season will be significantly different than how it has been in recent years. These changes will have a significant impact on F-1 nonimmigrants that are on OPT/STEM OPT that seek to utilize cap-gap to extend their...

Social Security No-Match Letters: What Employers Need to Know

In March 2019, the Social Security Administration began reissuing no-match letters. Receipt of a no-match letter is not an indication of an employee’s work authorization or immigration status; no-match letters signify that information on employees’...

I-9 Reverification for F-1 Students and H-1B Workers

Form I-9 is used by employers to verify the identity and employment authorization for individuals hired to work in the U.S. Two common errors that employers often make on the I-9 form are the following: employers either fail to perform reverification,...

Working Outside the U.S. While on H-1B

                An individual working outside the U.S. is not subject to U.S. immigration laws. Therefore, it is permissible for a foreign national to work for their U.S. employer while outside the country. While working for the U.S. employer an individual...

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