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ATTENTION: DOL investigations under the new administration

The H-1B temporary (non-immigrant) workers program responsibilities are divided among various government agencies:  the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment Training Administration (ETA); the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS); the U.S. Department of State (DOS); and the DOL Employment Standards Administration’s Wage and Hour Division (WH). … Continue reading

ATTENTION: DOL SWITCHES TO ELECTRONIC NOTIFICATIONS

ATTENTION: DOL SWITCHES TO ELECTRONIC NOTIFICATIONS The Atlanta National Processing Center (ANPC) will begin issuing PERM notification letters via e-mail beginning December 1, 2016. This new change applies to the following letters/notifications: Audit Notification Letters Denial Notification Letters Requests for Information Letters Additional Audit Information Requests Withdrawal Letters Notices of … Continue reading

STEM OPT Part Two: Tips for IT Consulting Firms

  STEM OPT Part Two: Tips for Tech Consulting Firms Introduction: As indicated in our previous article, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) new STEM OPT Rule imposes numerous requirements for employers. Simply put, these requirements make the STEM OPT program not for everyone. In their preamble to the Final … Continue reading

STEM OPT: What Employers Should Know

STEM OPT: What Employers Should Know Introduction: On March 11, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final Rule on Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM students (STEM OPT). This Rule allows F-1 students who received a Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or a Mathematics (STEM) Degree from an accredited … Continue reading

E-2: How to Attain and Maintain Status

With the drastic increase in H1-B visa applicants in recent years and the fixed annual cap of 85,000 visas granted, skilled foreign nationals should consider alternative visas to enhance their chances of attaining legal status and an income in the United States. Foreign nationals with an entrepreneurial mindset should consider … Continue reading