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HTMLH-1B Applications Hit Record 233,000 In First Week
Roger Tsai; Holland & Hart LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 17, 2015, previously published on April 14, 2015
Nearly 233,000 H-1B applications were filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the first week of April. With only 85,000 H-1B visas available, nearly two-thirds of all applications will be rejected.

 

HTMLA Change in H-1B Work Location Requires an Amended Petition, USCIS Appeals Tribunal Rules
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 14, 2015, previously published on April 9, 2015
USCIS today announced a significant change in policy affecting organizations whose H-1B employees change worksite locations. In a decision with precedential effect, USCIS’s Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) has ruled that employers must file an amended petition with the agency when an H-1B...

 

HTMLH-1B Cap Hit for Fiscal Year 2016
Kevin R. McNamara; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 14, 2015, previously published on April 07, 2015
On April 7, 2015, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has received more than enough H-1B petitions to meet the numerical limit for fiscal year 2016 cap-subject H-1B visas, which includes both the 65,000 general H-1B cap petitions as well as the 20,000 US master’s...

 

HTMLSecond Quarter Quota Nearly Exhausted
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 14, 2015, previously published on April 8, 2015
Following the Swiss Federal Council’s release of 500 L-Permits for the second quarter of 2015, only 280 L-Permits remain available as of April 2 for EU nationals on assignments lasting more than four months.

 

HTMLSEC Declares Open Season on Employee Agreements
Duane Morris LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 14, 2015, previously published on April 6, 2015
On April 1, 2015, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced an enforcement action¿the first of its kind¿against KBR, Inc., for requiring employees involved in internal investigations to maintain confidentiality, which is in violation of the SEC's whistleblower rules.

 

HTMLMay Visa Bulletin: Eb-5 China Gets A Cut-Off Date, EB-3 Philippines Retrogresses, Other Categories Advance
Foster LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 14, 2015, previously published on April 14, 2015
The U.S. Department of State has published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for May 2015, announcing a cut-off date for the EB-5 (Investor) category for applicants born in China. Additionally, visa availability under the EB-3 category for applicants born in the Philippines retrogresses dramatically, with...

 

HTMLThe USCIS Decision on H-1B Location Changes: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 14, 2015, previously published on April 10, 2015
As we have reported, USCIS’s Administrative Appeals Office yesterday ruled that employers must file an amended petition with the agency when an H-1B employee moves to a new worksite that was not specified in the initial petition and an accompanying labor condition application (LCA) certified...

 

HTMLTechnical Visitor Visa Applications No Longer Require Proof of Urgency
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 14, 2015, previously published on April 9, 2015
Foreign nationals applying for TP-13 visas no longer need to prove the urgency of their assignment, according to a resolution that eliminated this requirement. Applicants must still prove that their technical assistance is indispensable to a specific project.

 

HTMLPIO Card Holders Must Eventually Apply for OCI Card
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 14, 2015, previously published on April 10, 2015
Following the merger of the Person of India Origin (PIO) card and the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card, PIO card holders can apply for an OCI card under the OCI in lieu of the PIO category. Eventually, all PIO card holders will be required to apply for an OCI card using the OCI card process to...

 

HTMLThe FY 2016 H-1B Cap Has Been Reached
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 14, 2015, previously published on April 7, 2015
USCIS has announced that the annual limit for Fiscal Year 2016 H-1B employment has been met. Since April 1, employers have submitted more than enough petitions to meet the quota of 65,000 standard H-1B cap numbers and the cap exemption of 20,000 for holders of U.S. advanced degrees. USCIS has not...

 


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