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Emerging EB-5 Markets Spotlight: South Africa 781 936 Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

Emerging EB-5 Markets Spotlight: South Africa

Originally published March 17, 2016 South Africa has 99 problems… and one of them is the country’s very own “JZ,” President Jacob Zuma, whom many South Africans accuse of seeking short-term political gains at the expense of the country’s long-term interests.  In December 2015, President Zuma sacked his Finance Minister, Nhalnhla Nene, and in the…

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USCIS Publishes Proposed Rule Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers 640 426 Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

USCIS Publishes Proposed Rule Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers

Originally published January 4, 2016 On December 31, 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released a proposed rule that will have a significant impact on foreign nationals in employment-based nonimmigrant status as well as in the long green card queues for immigrant status (“green cards). Note that this is a proposed rule…

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Extended Employment Opportunities for Foreign Students Come at a Price 1280 853 Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

Extended Employment Opportunities for Foreign Students Come at a Price

Originally published March 18, 2016 On March 11, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a regulation that extends the period of work authorization from a current 17-month period to 24 months for foreign students who will be employed in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) occupations by U.S. companies who participate in E-Verify.…

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Complex DACA – Crime Issues 1280 850 Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

Complex DACA – Crime Issues

Want to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)? Don’t know if your past criminal history will affect your chances of approval? If having expunged your crime(s) has any affect? Need a realistic assessment of your chances and what’s involved?  We’re here to help. What Crimes Bar Me From Obtaining DACA Relief? No one…

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Employer Obligations Related to the H-1B Labor Condition Applications and the H-1B Process 640 426 Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

Employer Obligations Related to the H-1B Labor Condition Applications and the H-1B Process

This article covers the basic procedures to obtain H-1B work authorization.  The H-1B petition process requires two basic actions.  First, the employer must apply to the Department of Labor for certification of a Labor Condition Application (LCA).  This is done electronically and generally takes one week.  Second, the petition for H-1B classification is filed with…

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Strong Demand For H-1B Numbers Continues In Fiscal Year 2017 640 426 Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

Strong Demand For H-1B Numbers Continues In Fiscal Year 2017

H-1B Petitions and the H-1B Cap As background, the law puts a ceiling, or “cap,” of 65,000 on the number of new H-1B petitions that may be approved in any fiscal year. The numbers are made available for an employment start date of October 1, the beginning of the federal government’s fiscal year. Employers may…

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Part I: Journey from Home Country to H-1 B Work Visa 640 426 Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

Part I: Journey from Home Country to H-1 B Work Visa

Who is an International Medical Graduate? An International Medical Graduates (IMG) or a foreign physician is a physician who received his/her medical degree outside the U.S. or Canada. What are the initial steps to be undertaken to practice medicine in the USA? An (IMG) begins the journey of immigrating to the United States by first…

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