New H-1B Rule Likely Unlawful And More Costly For Employers

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed a new regulation that would change the way H-1B petitions are counted against the annual limit. USCIS would change the counting order when petitions are received in excess of the 65,000-limit and the 20,000 exemption...

H-1B visa fraud: Feds indict Sunnyvale man for bringing in 600 workers illegally

In a sign of the continuing crackdown on H-1B visa fraud, a Sunnyvale man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for an alleged scheme to illegally bring in 600 foreign workers to Silicon Valley over the past decade. Kishore Kumar Kavuru, 46, billed himself as a “staffing...

H-1B: Big Tech pushes back against ‘dramatic increase’ in visa denials

President Donald Trump’s crackdown on the controversial H-1B visa is wreaking havoc on U.S. employers, says a group whose members include many of Silicon Valley’s largest technology firms. In a letter to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration and the Department of Homeland Security,...

Expansion of Premium Processing Suspension for H-1B Petitions

On Tuesday, August 28, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) announced that the suspension of premium processing for H-1B cap petitions would be extended from the original date of September 11, 2018, through the estimated date of February 19, 2019.  Additionally,...

H-1B visa-reliant Cisco ‘secured visas for foreign workers instead of hiring U.S. citizens’: report

Federal investigators found San Jose tech giant Cisco discriminated against American workers by favoring visa-carrying foreign nationals, according to a new report. The U.S. Department of Labor concluded that Cisco “secured visas for foreign workers instead of hiring U.S....

H-1B use skyrocketed among Bay Area tech giants

By Ethan Baron | Bay Area News Group Even as the White House began cracking down on U.S. work visas, major Silicon Valley technology firms last year dramatically ramped up hiring of workers under the controversial H-1B visa program, according to newly released data. The data show...

Skilled Visa Denials Spiked in Late 2017, Report Finds

Law360 (July 27, 2018, 5:45 PM EDT) — The Trump administration has denied or questioned more visas for highly skilled immigrant workers since President Donald Trump signed his “Buy American and Hire American” executive order last year, a policy report released Wednesday has...

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Recovers $173,044 in Wages For 12 Technology Employees Due to Violations of the H-1B Visa Program

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – IT employer Cloudwick Technologies Inc., based in Newark, California, will pay $173,044 to 12 employees for violations of the federal H-1B foreign labor certification program after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division...

CIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions on October 3

On Wednesday, September 27th, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced the return of premium processing for all H-1B petitions, effective October 3rd.  This includes H-1B petitions seeking a change of status, change of employer, or amendment to current status. ...

CIS Returns Premium Processing for FY-2018 H-1B Cap Petitions

On Monday, September 18th, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced the return of premium processing for H-1B petitions filed under the Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Master’s and Regular Cap.  Previously the CIS had resumed premium processing for H-1B petitions filed...
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