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On October 8, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is expected to publish a new, interim final rule that will impose stricter requirements on those seeking to qualify for H-1B classification. The effective date of the new rule is expected to be December 7, 2020.  Change in H-1B “Specialty Occupation” Definition and Criteria  […]

On October 8, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is expected to publish a new, interim final rule that will impose higher wage requirements for H-1B workers and “green card” applicants whose applications are based on labor certification.  The new rule will be effective immediately.    Before employing an H-1B temporary worker, an employer must file and […]

Nearly four months after U.S. consular posts around the world shut down routine visa services due to COVID-19, the U.S. State Department announced via Twitter on July 13 that beginning on July 15, certain U.S. consulates may begin the phased resumption of routine visa services. U.S. consulates will not reopen in unison, but rather each consulate’s reopening will be based on the specific local conditions […]