When Immigration Matters

Trump Immigration Policy May Have Negative Implications for Businesses Trying To Employ Workers Via H-1B Visa Program

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

Trump’s proposed changes to business visas may have significant negative implications for businesses trying to employ skilled immigrants.  The H-1B visa in the United States is a visa which allows U.S. employers to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations.  The regulations define a “specialty occupation” as requiring theoretical and practical knowledge in a field of human endeavor including, but not limited to: biotechnology, chemistry, computing, architecture, engineering, statistics, physical sciences, journalism, medicine and health, economics, education, research, law, accounting, business specialties, technical writing, theology and the arts, and requiring the attainment of at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, and state licensure, if required to practice in that field.

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H-1B Visa Season is upon us. Are you ready to file by April 1, 2018?

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 @ 9:48 PM

On April 1, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) begins accepting H-1B visa applications for the 2019 fiscal year (which starts on October 1, 2018). Last year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received in excess of 200,000 petitions during the five-day filing period and as in past years conducted a random lottery to select the 85,000 petitions that would be eligible for processing. 20,000 of those visas are reserved for Beneficiaries with a Master degree from a U.S. University. We expect that there will be just as many applications this year. During FY 2019, cases will be considered accepted on the date that USCIS takes possession of the petition, as opposed to the date it was postmarked.

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Sponsoring an Employee on an H-1B Visa | Public Access File

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

The H-1B is a non-immigrant visa that allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in a specialty occupation for a period of three years. The visa can be extended for an additional three years. The employer can also employ the employee part-time.

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Sponsoring an Employee on an H-1B Visa | Employer Responsibilities

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Jun 12, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

The H-1B is a non-immigrant visa that allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in a specialty occupation for a period of three years. The visa can be extended for an additional three years. The employer can also employ the employee part-time.

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Sponsoring an Employee on an H-1B Visa | Filing Fees

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Sun, Jun 11, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

The H-1B is a non-immigrant visa that allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in a specialty occupation for a period of three years. The visa can be extended for an additional three years. The employer can also employ the employee part-time.

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Sponsoring an Employee on an H-1B Visa | Who Qualifies?

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Sat, Jun 10, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

The H-1B is a non-immigrant visa that allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in a specialty occupation for a period of three years. The visa can be extended for an additional three years. The employer can also employ the employee part-time.

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FATCA Tax Reporting for US. Residents with Foreign Bank Accounts

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 @ 5:48 PM

Today I asked my colleague and friend International Tax Attorney Richard Rubin to explain in an article the new FATCA tax reporting rules that goes into effect on June 30, 2015.  FATCA impact US citizens, Green Card holders and other US tax resident individuals who have accounts with non-US banks or financial institutions.

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Employment Authorization for Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders?

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, May 06, 2014 @ 11:06 AM

Today May , 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the publication of two proposed rules, including a rule to extend employment authorization to spouses of certain H-1B workers, and a proposal to enhance opportunities for certain groups of highly-skilled workers by removing obstacles to their remaining in the United States. It is hoped that Together these actions will help attract new businesses and new investment to the U.S. and ensure that the U.S. has the most skilled workforce in the world.

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USCIS Announces H-1B Lottery

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 @ 2:34 PM

USCIS announced on April 7 that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2015. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the advanced degree exemption.

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USCIS ANNOUNCES H1B CAP REACHED FOR NEW H1B VISAS

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Apr 07, 2014 @ 11:40 AM

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2015.  USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U. S. advanced degree exemption.   

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