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H-1B Visa

H-1B Workers: Understand the DOL Rules for Pay Deductions

H-1B workers are nonimmigrant visa-holders who work for United States employers. These workers obtain H-1B visas, which requires the workers to have a bachelor’s degree or another country’s equivalent degree in a specialized field. H-1B workers have the same rights as U.S. workers, and both groups of workers must be

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H-1B Visa

H-1B Workers – Understanding Employer Compliance with DOL Wage Laws

Employers wishing to hire H-1B workers from abroad must comply with numerous requirements under federal law. The H-1B visa program enables professionals to work in the United States in specialty professions that require at least a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent). Employers in the United States seek to hire H-1B workers

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H-1B Visa

H-1B Workers and Available Benefits – Read Now to Learn More

H-1B non-immigrant visas enable workers from outside of the United States to work for an employer within the country. H-1B visas are specifically for workers whose career is specialized, requiring a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent). While H-1B workers are not lawful permanent residents or citizens, they are still entitled to

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Non-immigrant Visa

News Flash: India Travel Restrictions Update

As we discussed in a recent blog “News Flash: Limited Travel from India Due to COVID-19,” in light of the public health conditions in the Republic of India and the recommendations of the CDC, President Biden issued a proclamation on May 4, 2021, limiting the ability of nonimmigrants to enter

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Immigration

Warrants and Subpoenas: Know Your Rights

There are three agencies that comprise the Department of Homeland Security (DHS): U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You may have dealt with one or more of these agencies as an immigrant, an employer, a family member,

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Investor Visa

News Flash: Will the Expired EB-5 Program Be Revived?

Congress has failed to reauthorize the EB-5 regional center program, meaning the program has expired on June 30, 2021. With this expiration comes a plethora of questions and uncertainty for individuals who are seeking or who currently hold a green card based on the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. Why Did

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Family Immigration

Removal of Conditions for Spouses

Marriage is a celebration of love, family, and the coming together of two people excited to share their life with each other. Navigating marriage when it comes to immigration law can make this happy time a bit more complicated. But with the help of a skilled immigration attorney and the

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Green Card

July 2021 Visa Bulletin Shows Strong Forward Movement

The July 2021 Visa Bulletin sheds some light on the advancement of Final Action Dates. NOTE: The monthly YouTube livestream “Chats with Charlie” in which Charles Oppenheim discusses the visa bulletin for the upcoming month was scheduled for June 18, 2021. As of the publication of this blog, that livestream

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Green Card

Removal of Conditions for Spouses

Marriage is a celebration of love, family, and the coming together of two people excited to share their life with each other. Navigating marriage when it comes to immigration law can make this happy time a bit more complicated. But with the help of a skilled immigration attorney and the

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Green Card

COVID-19 and Visa Processing Times – Read Now for an Important Update

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly slowed down the United States immigration process. Not only are consulates and embassies short-staffed, but vaccinations have not yet reached certain populations, making travel difficult. Visa processing times are still compromised. Because of continued COVID-19 precautions and limited resources, U.S. embassies and other consular posts

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Immigrant Visa

News Flash: June Visa Bulletin Updates

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) Visa Bulletin provides vital information to those seeking to file an immigrant visa petition. Each month, a bulletin is made available to the public via the Travel.State.Gov website. It summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during that month for “Final Action Dates” and “Dates for Filing Applications.” This

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Immigration

News Flash: USCIS Seeks to Improve Some Immigration Services

On Wednesday, June 9, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the most recent policy updates to the USCIS Policy Manual. Specifically, the updates are intended to improve the following immigration procedures: expedited processing; request for evidence (RFE) and notice of intent to deny (NOID); and employment authorization documents

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Non-immigrant Visa

Foreign Talent Doesn’t Harm U.S. Workers

According to a June 2021 policy brief by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) “U.S.-born IT professionals and computer and information systems majors continued to earn, on average, substantially more than other professional workers and other majors.” The brief also touches on the effect of foreign talent on the

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H-1B Visa

News Flash: Cloudgen LLC Pleads Guilty to H-1B Fraud

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, the Houston consulting and strategic solutions company has pleaded guilty to committing ongoing H-1B visa fraud for over seven years. Details of the H-1B Fraud The fraud was perpetrated from around March 2013 through December 2020. Cloudgen LLC

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Green Card

Request for Evidence (RFE) Best Practices

Join our Webinar Scheduled for June 14, 2021 @ 6:00 PM EDT Topic: A unique prospective from experienced immigration attorneys about Adjustment of Status Requests for Evidence. How to be prepared for them and how to maximize your chances of not getting them all together. Visit Page https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkzFChJe2Vg After you’ve

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Family Immigration

News Flash: Supreme Court Rules Against TPS Recipients

On Monday, June 7, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United Stated (SCOTUS) unanimously ruled that some Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients are not eligible for lawful permanent resident status, commonly known as green cards. It is important to note that this ruling does not apply to all TPS recipients.

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Green Card

News Flash: EAGLE Act May Help Indian Green Card Hopefuls

The Equal Access to Green cards for Legal Employment (EAGLE) Act of 2021 (H.R.3648) is a bipartisan piece of legislation which was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on July 1, 2021. The goal is to eliminate the per-country limit for employment-based green cards and increase the per-country limit

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