Foreign Students Who Work Stymied on Post-Graduation Employment

International students primed for work in the U.S. are having a tough time getting visas under a strict, unannounced change in government policy. For at least the past couple of months, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has been denying H-1B skilled guestworker visas to...

September 2018 Visa Bulletin – Worldwide Retrogression for EB-2, EB-3, and Other Workers

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for September 2018, reflecting worldwide retrogression for EB-2, EB-3, and Other Workers, which follows previous retrogression in the EB-1 category. This retrogression may create a temporary opportunity during...

On the Horizon – A Return to Restrictions on H-4 Spouses

By Benjamin J. Schatz, Senior Attorney The H-1B category is one of the most sought-after nonimmigrant classifications for foreign workers in the United States, but for years, a major limitation of the category was the fact that spouses of H-1B holders couldn’t work. Beyond...

Fair Play

By Delisa Bressler, Partner Life’s not always fair. There’s nothing like two decades of immigration law practice to hammer that home. Even so, while we know life’s circumstances are not always fair, we do expect a certain sense of fair play in U.S. government...

Limited Work Visas Limit Economic Growth

By Matthew Myers, Attorney During a time of historically low unemployment rates, U.S. employers are struggling to find available, qualified workers in the United States.  Even when employers identify an available, qualified worker from another country, outdated immigration laws...

FY-2019 H-1B Lottery Complete – USCIS to Begin Adjudicating Accepted Petitions, Returning Rejected Ones

On April 12, 2018, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the USCIS had completed the “lottery” to select the H-1B cap petitions to be allocated H-1B visa numbers under the 20,000 Master’s Cap and the 65,000 Regular H-1B Cap. USCIS will now begin the...

FY-2019 H-1B Cap Reached

On April 6, 2018, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced that the CIS had received enough H-1B petitions to exhaust the 85,000 H-1B quota (which includes 20,000 set aside for U.S. advance degree holders) for Fiscal Year 2019 (October 1, 2018, through...

Big Banks in U.S. Forced to Reevaluate Hiring Foreign Workers

By Yueqi Yang and Dimitrios Pogkas, Bloomberg Big banks in the U.S., which have been seeking to hire more foreign workers in recent years under the H-1B visa program, are now being forced to reconsider their approach after the Trump administration made it harder to obtain the...

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...

U.S. tech trade groups urge Trump to let spouses of H1b holders to work

By Salvador Rodriguz, Yeganeh Torbati, Reuters SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – U.S. technology trade groups on Thursday urged the Trump administration to retain an Obama-era rule that allows certain spouses of highly skilled guest workers to also work legally in the United...
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