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An Elite Group of Professionals to Better Serve Our Community

If you are interested in finding others in the immigration community and making professional connections, including potential H-1B employers and job-seekers, then please join the “USA immigration Jobs and Visas”group on LinkedIn. In this group, members may post or browse through H-1B job listings on the group’s Bulletin Board. You may…

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State-Based Immigration Reform: A Handcrafted, Artisanal Approach

Bipartisan legislatures in both Republican and Democratic-leaning states have recently enacted legislation that would advance state-based immigration reform. With the failure of both the Bush and Obama administrations to pass a comprehensive federal immigration reform package, states are now leading the charge to create their own individualized foreign guest-worker programs.With…

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Proposed H-1B and L-1 Visa Legislation is Regression, Not Reform

In November, federal legislation was once again proposed that would drastically alter the process of employing H-1B and L-1 workers in the U.S.–increasing the burdens, costs, requirements, and penalties for employers–while effectively barring many small and mid-sized employers from hiring any of these highly-skilled and sought after foreign workers. This…

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Easing H-1B Visa Cap Restrictions Would Provide Tremendous Benefits to the National Economy

Foreign Workers Boost Our Economy Each year, the U.S. turns away many thousands of highly-skilled and educated foreign workers, many of them with advanced degrees, because of an arbitrary visa cap set back in 1990. With demand far exceeding the limited supply of only 85,000 H-1B visas allowed per year,…

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Sudden Change-of-Heart by DOS results in Class-Action Lawsuit

The American Dream is under fire after a government decision to backtrack on its promise to thousands of skilled immigrants, but justice may be coming in the form of a class-action lawsuit. Following an initial publishing of the October Visa Bulletin (OVB) from the U.S. State Department (DOS) on September…

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Two Potential Issues with Alien Workers

LCA Compliance Something that all H-1B and EB-2/EB-3 immigrant sponsors must keep track of is compliance with labor condition application (LCA) regulations. The labor certification process is designed to protect U.S. workers in two ways. It makes sure that aliens aren’t taking jobs that qualified U.S. workers are seeking and…

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Understanding the Visa Bulletin, Part II: Detailed Explanation

When a foreign national (FN) begins the immigration process, his or her case will be assigned what is called a priority date. This date is generally the calendar day Citizenship and Immigration Services received the original immigration petition–and represents the FN’s place in his or her line. In both case…

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Understanding the Visa Bulletin, Part I: Introduction to the System

Immigration to the United States is a complex and lengthy process (for most). Sometimes, when this topic is discussed, a “line” to receive a green card is spoken of. Though simplistic, this characterization is not incorrect. The fates of most immigration cases are tied to the Visa Bulletin, which represents…