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February 24, 2015
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

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...

March 21, 2014
Stephen Tarnoff

USCIS Adjudication of Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions Set to Begin for FY-2015

The filing period for H-1B Petitions subject to the H-1B Cap for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2014 (FY-2015), will begin on April 1, 2014. The number of H-1B petitions for the coming fiscal year is expected to significantly...

March 07, 2014
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

L-1B Statistics Show High Denial Rate

'Specialized Knowledge' needed to understand USCIS criteria for L-1B Recent statistical information obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request shows a very high denial rate for petitions for Intracompany Transferees of Specialized Knowledge Capacity (L-1B) filed with USCIS,...

January 16, 2014
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

H-1B Season Has Arrived for Fiscal Year 2015

Filings Will Begin on April 1, 2014 While many know April 1st as April Fools' Day, we immigration attorneys know this date as the first date to file H-1B petitions for the upcoming fiscal year. The H-1B is one of...

November 12, 2013
Stephen Tarnoff

Beware of Bringing Business Visitors to Work in the U.S.

Employers thinking they can avoid the nation’s immigration laws by bringing individuals to the U.S. on B-1 visas while actually having them take on productive work better think again before engaging in such actions. The warning comes after Bangalore, India-based...

August 28, 2013
Stephen Tarnoff

Temporary Work in the U.S. Under a B-1 Visa

Employers should be aware that in certain limited circumstances, foreign nationals employed abroad can enter the U.S. as business visitors (with visas known as B-1 visas) and perform productive work that normally requires a work visa, such as an H-1B....

The Risks of Letting your Employees Choose Their Own Immigration Counsel

Some employers permit their foreign national employees to choose their own immigration attorneys to prepare various employment-based petitions on their behalf (e.g. petitions for H-1B, H-3, L-1, TN, E, O-1, P, J-1, or other temporary status, or for lawful permanent...

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