Playing the H-1B Lottery Is Worth the Gamble

By Delisa J.F. Bressler, Partner The annual H-1B quota is perennially oversubscribed.  In fact, in the first week that new H-1B petitions are allowed each year, the number of H-1B petitions received is more than twice the number that could be approved under the quota for the...

ICE is Coming – 5 Ways Employers Can Prepare

By James K. Larsen, Attorney When Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director Thomas Homan called for a 400 percent increase in worksite enforcement, ICE responded in dramatic fashion. ICE agents raided close to 100 convenience stores throughout the United States in...

USCIS Approval Notice Now Has Two Expiration Dates

USCIS recently began issuing some approval notices bearing two different expiration dates for certain nonimmigrant classifications, including H-1B and L-1.  The expiration date at the top of the Approval Notice reflects the dates requested in the petition and the period of work...

Venezuelan immigrants in the US are affected by the lack of passports

Even from afar Venezuelans suffer daily the deterioration of their country in all aspects of life including the loss of institutionality, the decadent economy and the constant violation of human rights. Nevertheless beyond the emotional impact, Venezuelan immigrants in the United...

Prepare for More Site Visits to Demonstrate Immigration Compliance

In recent years the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Labor have significantly increased the frequency and number of site visits.  These site visits are conducted to review foreign national employees specifically to ensure that the employer is complying...

Increased scrutiny by CBP for frequent ESTA business travelers

After less than two months into the new Trump Administration, the President has issued two Executive Orders imposing a temporary travel ban on foreign nationals from certain predominantly Muslim countries, and both have been subject to Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO).   With...

Why the FY-2018 H-1B Cap Season Is Unlike Any Other

It’s a typical Saturday morning in March, and immigration attorneys and their staff at Foster LLP in Austin and Houston, just like their nationwide colleagues, are feverishly working to prepare Labor Condition Applications (LCA) for filing with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL),...

New Form I-9 with Enhanced Features is an Improvement

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued a new, fillable Form I-9.  While not a true electronic Form I-9, employees and their employer representatives can complete the form online at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9, and then print and sign the form for...

Five Tips for Managing the Holiday Travel – and Visa Application – Season

Planning holiday travel?  You aren’t the only one.  Many temporary workers and students in the United States will travel internationally during the holiday season.  And many will need to apply for new visas before returning to work or school in January.  This annual rush of...

Could Immigration Be the Issue Trump Uses to Make Good on Promises to Unify the Country?

With the election results in, it’s no surprise that half the country is going to work and school this morning deflated.  In a sense, that was bound to happen no matter the final outcome, largely due to the polarized nature of American politics and the current America...
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