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Tag: H-1B Visas

  • H-1B Specifics for Foreign Medical Graduates

    For Foreign Medical Graduates (FMGs) looking to enter the U.S. workforce, H-1B status is often the best option. H-1B status, “the working visa,” allows foreign professionals to work legally in the United States in specialty occupations, which includes medicine. In order to obtain this status, a FMG must possess a medical degree from an accredited […]
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  • Unannounced Workplace Site Inspections Expanded to Include L-1 Employers

    The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Fraud Detection and National Security division has announced it is expanding unannounced workplace site inspections to include employers of L-1 intra-company transfers. Previously reserved only for companies that employed H-1B workers, this expansion of the program to include the L-1 category means that any company that employs […]
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  • Need for H-1B Visa Lottery Reignites Call for Immigration Reform

    United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that once again an H-1B visa lottery must be held to determine which H-1B cap-subject petitions filed for prospective H-1B workers will make it to the adjudication phase. USCIS confirms that on the first day it can count petitions, they received more than enough to reach the […]
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  • H-1B Petitions are in the Hands of USCIS … So Now What?

    These last few weeks of “H-1B season” have been a particularly busy time for immigration practitioners. As of Tuesday, April 1, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting H-1B petitions for the 2015 fiscal year. Under a law that hasn’t been touched by Congress in years, there are only 65,000 new slots available for […]
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  • Visa Fraud and Abuse Can Have Serious Consequences

    Many employers who hire foreign nationals to work in the U.S. sat up and took notice when Infosys, the giant Indian technology outsourcing company, agreed to pay $34 million in a civil settlement in 2013. The New York Times, among other media outlets, reported that after a two-year investigation, federal prosecutors in Texas found Infosys had […]
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  • Spring Cleaning During H-1B Cap Season

    If your company will be sponsoring any individuals for H-1B visas, now is a good time to review compliance in your immigration-related matters, specifically with Department of Labor (DOL) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) filings. Spring is just around the corner, so dust off those Public Access Folders and Form I-9 Files to […]
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  • Delving Deeper Into H-1B for Specialized Workers

    In today’s blog we are going to delve deeper into the category of H-1B for specialized workers. We’ll discuss some of the necessary components of the application, like the prevailing wage, the Labor Condition Application and the Public Access File. The H-1B Process Prior to filing an H-1B petition, there are a number of requirements […]
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  • Don’t Delay! H-1B Season is Upon Us

    It’s that time of year again. H-1B season is once again upon us. H-1B petitions for the U.S. government’s 2015 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, 2014, should be filed by April 1, so don’t delay! Berardi Immigration Law assists numerous clients each year with the preparation and filing of these petitions and encourages any […]
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  • H-1B Compliance Counts – Be Informed!

    With the federal government’s fiscal year starting October 1, many employers have now brought their new H-1B workers into the corporate fold.  However, are you as informed as you should be regarding H-1B compliance issues?  Here are some common “Facts and Fictions” that you should be aware of: Once I hire my foreign national employee, […]
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  • Understanding Form I-129 Export Control Compliance Section

    If you are an employer who has previously filed an Application for Nonimmigrant Worker, on behalf of a foreign national you wished to employ in H-1, L-1 or O-1A status, you have probably struggled with how to respond to the dreaded Form I-129 Export Control Compliance section of that form. Part 6 of Form I-129 […]
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