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New H-1B Visa Rules: Computer Programmers May Not Qualify

Posted by Matthew Katz on Apr 24, 2017 12:38:33 PM

On March 31, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released new guidelines that have left the American technology industry concerned for the fate of their future hiring practices.

The new regulations signal a sea change in accepted policies that allow IT firms to seek out the best talent from anywhere in the world.

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How Your Business Can Prepare for an ICE Audit

Posted by Matthew Katz on Apr 19, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Coming to a business near you: A visit from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

It’s been a tumultuous first quarter with the new Trump administration in the White House. Policy changes on everything from health care and tax reform to funding of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have made headlines almost daily since Trump was sworn in.

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H-1B Visa Transfer Process: How to Switch Employers

Posted by Matthew Katz on Mar 30, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The H1-B visa program allows U.S. employers to hire foreign workers for certain specialty occupations. In order to receive an H1-B visa, the employee is required to have a post-secondary education or certification in a field that requires some high-level expertise, such as medicine, research, or information technology. H1-B visa holders can stay in the United States for up to six years and apply for permanent residency during that time.

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5 Options After OPT Expires: Ways to Stay in the US

Posted by Matthew Katz on Mar 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

International students on an F1 visa face many choices for potential next steps after achieving their degrees. While they can return home to begin working in their chosen field, many candidates elect for options allowing them to continue to live and work in the United States. That's when they apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), which allows them to apply the theory they've learned in the classroom to a job specific role for up to 12 months, or longer if they are a STEM graduate. They can use this work time incrementally during their enrollment or after the finishing their degree. The earliest they can apply for OPT is three months before graduation. 

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How to Renew a Permanent Resident Card

Posted by Matthew Katz on Mar 23, 2017 8:00:00 AM

A U.S. green card, or permanent resident card, is valid for 10 years. When it comes time to renew, there is a relatively straightforward process through the U.S. Immigration service. However, changes in immigration policies may cause some anxiety when preparing to renew your status.

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Trump's Merit-Based Immigration Plan: What Does It Mean?

Posted by Matthew Katz on Mar 21, 2017 10:41:14 AM

The latest idea for Republican-sponsored U.S. immigration reform is the concept of “merit-based” immigration. This policy would overhaul a system that has been in place for more than half a century. President Trump unveiled this idea in his speech to Congress a few weeks ago.

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What Happens During a Medical Exam for Immigration?

Posted by Matthew Katz on Mar 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The path to American citizenship has grown more tenuous over the past month as the Trump administration abruptly shifted policy on immigration. What hasn’t changed are the health requirements for foreigners seeking entry or visa status in the United States. 

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How Trump Immigration Policy is Affecting Chicago

Posted by Matthew Katz on Feb 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Imagine leaving the country to visit your grandparents only to be turned away at the U.S. border when you tried to return home to your wife and children. This is the kind of story that has been playing out with some local Chicagoans since Trump immigration policy went into effect.

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Five Things You Need to Know About the New H-1B Visa Bill

Posted by Matthew Katz on Feb 23, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The H-1B visa program, designed to provide a legal pathway to highly skilled immigrant workers, may be changing. In early February, President Trump announced a 90-day review of the program. While these changes could happen through executive order, a few bills are circulating that may instead be pushed through Congress.

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Donald Trump Travel Ban: Is Your Visa at Stake?

Posted by Matthew Katz on Feb 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM

It’s probably safe to assume that President Donald Trump isn’t happy about what’s been happening since he issued his January travel ban. Shortly after his inauguration, he signed an Executive Order barring entry into the U.S. for foreigners from seven primarily Muslim countries. The President cited the terrorist threat from these countries as being very high, stating, “numerous foreign-born individuals have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes since September 11, 2001.”

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