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May 17, 2022
Courtney Wachal

An Overview of O-1 Nonimmigrant Status

If you were not selected in the H-1B lottery, you feel you may have exhausted all other visa options and you consider yourself to be at the top of your field, then an O-1 visa may be the right option...

January 10, 2022
Courtney Wachal

O-1 vs. H-1B: Which Visa is Best for Me?

If you are a highly skilled foreign national, you may have wondered whether you should pursue an O-1 or H-1B visa to work in the U.S. The two visas have very different requirements, benefits and limitations, and evaluating these visas...

June 02, 2020
Aaron Lawee

Administration Expands Opportunities for Certain Temporary Workers

For most people trying to use our immigration system, the Corona Virus (COVID-19) has resulted in agonizing delays with no end in sight: consulates have shut down; new “travel bans” have been enacted; interview, oath ceremonies, and fingerprints/biometrics appointments have...

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)...

June 05, 2017
Tahreem Kalam

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
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

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...

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