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HTMLFY-2017 H-1B Cap Reached
Foster LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 14, 2016, previously published on April 7, 2016
On April 7, 2016, 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 2017 (October 1, 2016, through September 30, 2017). No new...

 

HTMLOvercoming Employment Obstacles Provoked by US Immigration Issues
Helene N. Dang; Foster LLP;
White Paper
April 14, 2016, previously published by Corporate Counsel on March 31, 2016
One of the biggest challenges facing companies hiring foreign workers in the United States is working within an outdated immigration system that does not fully complement modern business practices. As such, companies must adjust their recruitment strategies to give them the widest access to the...

 

HTMLApril 2016 Visa Bulletin Shows Modest Advancement for All Categories
Foster LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 14, 2016, previously published on March 14, 2016
The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) recently published Monthly Visa Bulletin for April 2016 reports modest advancement to the “final action cutoff date” for applicants in all employment-based categories experiencing a backlog. The largest progression in the “final action...

 

HTMLH-1B filing season — What the CEO should know
Delisa J. F. Bressler; Foster LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 24, 2016, previously published by SMART BUSINESS NETWORK INC on February 18, 2016
The H-1B filing season for new petitions starts on April 1 and lasts for only five business days.

 

HTMLBrazil Extends Visa-Free Travel during Olympics Season to Citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan
Foster LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 12, 2016, previously published on February 9, 2016
The Brazilian Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Tourism, and the Ministry of Foreign Relations have published an Administrative Decision expanding the current Visa Waiver Program during the Olympic and Paralympic Games to include four additional countries. This Administrative Decision clarifies...

 

HTMLU.S. Passport Application Processing Times Expected to Increase in 2016-2017
Foster LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 12, 2016, previously published on February 5, 2016
Individuals with a U.S. passport set to expire in 2016 or 2017 may face longer passport renewal adjudication times due to an anticipated surge in passport renewal applications. The reason for the expected increase in renewal adjudication times over the next 18-24 months can be traced to the swell...

 

HTMLRefugees Are Not a Threat-They Are a Staffing Opportunity
Robert F. Loughran; Foster LLP;
White Paper
February 11, 2016, previously published by Worldwide ERC Mobility Magazine on February 01, 2016
The White House announced in September that the U.S. will prepare to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S. for the 2016 fiscal year. These 10,000 displaced individuals would be eligible for work authorization for any employer, without sponsorship. After having waited abroad for multiple...

 

HTMLChanges to Visa Waiver Program: Travellers to and Nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria are Now Ineligible
Foster LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 27, 2016, previously published on January 22, 2016
On Thursday January 21, 2016 the U.S. government began implementing significant changes to the Visa Waiver Program under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 that was signed into law this past December. These changes will affect individuals who have...

 

HTML17-Month Opt Stem Extension Rule Remains in Place until May 10, 2016
Foster LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 27, 2016, previously published on January 25, 2016
On January 23, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) additional time until May 10, 2016, before the court’s vacatur of the 2008, 17-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) STEM Extension rule would go into effect.

 

HTMLProposed Regulations Include New ¿Grace Period¿ For Job Changes and Clarify Permanent Residency Portability
Foster LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 26, 2016, previously published on January 22, 2016
On December 31, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published in the Federal Register a long awaited proposed rule to provide guidance for immigration Acts enacted over 15 years ago - the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000 (AC-21), as amended, as well...

 


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