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),...

A life in limbo

For H1-B visa holders, a layoff means a severe career derailment. By Lydia DePillis Until March, Ashwani Chandra’s life was proceeding according to plan. After getting a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, he worked for three years...

Reminder: H-1B Amendment Required for “Material Change” in Employment Terms

An H-1B amendment is required when there will be a material change in the terms and conditions of authorized employment. Material changes could include, in some circumstances, a change in worksite location, a significant change in job duties or a change in occupational...

Workers in India chasing American dream vie for visa

HYDERABAD, India – It is a balmy spring morning in this hilly southern India capital of some 7 million. Once a cultural and gem trading center known as the City of Pearls, it is now better known as the home of the high-technology hub dubbed “Cyberabad.” Google,...

FY-2017 H-1B Premium Processing Adjudications to Begin May 12th

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) has announced that CIS will begin premium processing adjudications for FY-2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions on May 12th. This is an update from the previously announced date of May 16, 2016. This means that employers may expect...

The 4 Things You Need to Know About Hiring Employees From Abroad

By Zoë Henry After escaping from what was then Czechoslovakia as a political refugee in 1986, Jiri Stejskal dreamed of starting a company that could foster better com­munication across cultures. Today, Stejskal’s Cetra Language Solutions is a 35-person translation company...

H-1B filing season — What the CEO should know

By: Delisa Bressler The H-1B filing season for new petitions starts on April 1 and lasts for only five business days. H-1B is a non-immigrant visa in the United States under the Immigration and Nationality Act, section 101(a)(15)(H). It allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ...

Toys ‘R’ Us Brings Temporary Foreign Workers to U.S. to Move Jobs Overseas

WAYNE, N.J. — When Congress designed temporary work visa programs, the idea was to bring in foreigners with specialized, hard-to-find skills who would help American companies grow, creating jobs to expand the economy. Now, though, some companies are bringing in workers on those...

Two H-1B Spouses and One Labor Certification: Both Spouses Should Be Able to Seek Seventh-Year H-1B Extensions Under AC21

By Gary Endelman and Cyrus D. Mehta We post some of the ideas that we have proposed in the forthcoming article, The Tyranny of Priority Dates, http://www.cyrusmehta.com/news.aspx?SubIdx=ocyrus20103925436, on this blog. This post advocates that an H-1B seeking an extension beyond...
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