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Some International Students Will Begin Accruing Unlawful Presence on August 9, 2018

Under a new memo that goes into effect tomorrow, August 9, 2018, some nonimmigrants in F (international student) status, J (cultural or educational exchange visitor) status, or M (vocational or technical school student) status may begin accruing unlawful presence (ULP)...

When Does My L Status Expire – L Visas based on Blanket L Petition

The L Visa in General The L-1 visa is a non-immigrant work visa enabling U.S. companies to transfer employees from overseas subsidiaries to the U.S. There are two types of L-1 visas—an L-1A visa available to managers or executives, and...

April 11, 2016
Stephen Tarnoff

H-1B Alternatives: What to do if your H-1B is not selected in the annual lottery this year

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced April 7 that the H-1B cap has been reached for fiscal year 2017. Although USCIS did not indicate how many H-1B petitions it had received, the number exceeds the total 85,000 available...

June 04, 2015
Derek Strain

USCIS Issues Guidance on When a Change in an H-1B Employee’s Job Location Requires Filing an Amendment

Employers of H-1B workers are subject to extremely complex rules to stay in compliance with the law. USCIS recently issued additional guidance that addresses the steps an employer must take to change an H-1B worker’s job location. This guidance follows...

May 07, 2015
Stephen Tarnoff

For H-1B Employees, Location Matters

An employer’s responsibility when an H-1B employee’s job location changes According to a recent decision by the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), employers must file an amended H-1B petition if the worksite of an H-1B employee changes to another geographical area...

April 03, 2015
Derek Strain

L-1B: Finally, some clarification on Specialized Knowledge

It’s been no secret that the L-1B classification of temporary worker visas has been difficult for employers to obtain on behalf of foreign national employees, but according to recently released information, L-1B denial rates reached an all-time high in 2014....

March 27, 2015
Beata Leja

Plan B for H-1B?

What to do if your H-1B is not selected in the annual lottery this year The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions for the 2016 Fiscal Year on April 1, 2015, and by all estimates,...

February 24, 2015
Ana Maria Echiburu Tyrrell

USCIS Announces Employment Authorization Eligibility for Certain H-4 Dependents

On February 24, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that certain H-4 dependents would be eligible to apply for work authorization beginning on May 26, 2015. H-4 dependents are spouses or children of individuals in H-1B status. Those...

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