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The J-1 Program Demystified: Answers to Your Top J Visa Questions 1920 1280 Kathleen Grzegorek

The J-1 Program Demystified: Answers to Your Top J Visa Questions

Reprinted with permission from Inside Immigration (Apr. 2013), copyright by the American Immigration Lawyers Association The J-1 Visa or Exchange Visitor Program began with the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961. The goal was to promote the understanding of other cultures by the people of the United States as well as an understanding of the…

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SGG Sponsors South Asian Bar Association’s Annual Leadership Retreat 1024 681 Andrew Grzegorek

SGG Sponsors South Asian Bar Association’s Annual Leadership Retreat

On Friday September 23, 2016, Attorneys Taiyyeba Skomra, Raj Iyer, and Sameera Sani will attend the South Asian Bar Association’s annual Leadership Retreat Welcome Reception. Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP is committed to supporting local bar associations and fostering their growth. SABA is a national bar association providing a link between South Asian lawyers and…

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International Entrepreneurs – A New Proposed Immigration Option Published by USCIS 1920 1331 Michele Franchett

International Entrepreneurs – A New Proposed Immigration Option Published by USCIS

Click here to view the Spanish translation.  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) published a final rule on January 17, 2017, that will – effective July 17, 2017, allow international entrepreneurs who will have an active and central role in the operations of a start-up entity to apply for parole so that they may start or…

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Severe Backlogs in Adjudication of H-1B Extensions 1920 1280 Kathleen Grzegorek

Severe Backlogs in Adjudication of H-1B Extensions

Since Matter of Simeio Soutions, LLC, 26 I&N Dec. 542 (AAO 2015), requires employers to file an H-1B amendment in almost every instance of an employee changing job locations, the USCIS has been flooded with H-1B amendments and extensions. In effect, the processing times for all H-1B petitions have been dramatically impacted resulting in much…

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H-1B Short-term Placement 500 386 Andrew Grzegorek

H-1B Short-term Placement

WHEN YOUR H-1B EMPLOYEE CHANGES WORK LOCATION Certain changes in work locations may require filing an H-1B amended petition, OR only posting the LCA notice at new location, OR no action.  See flowchart below. This fact sheet provides general information concerning short-term placement of H-1B workers outside the area of intended employment. An area of intended…

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The End of Internships? 640 426 Andrew Grzegorek

The End of Internships?

Federal and state governments have begun to crackdown on unpaid internships, which they say violate minimum wage laws. The U.S. Labor Department claims to be targeting firms that fail to pay interns properly, and to be increasing efforts to educate firms, colleges and students on compliance with labor laws.  According to a fact sheet released…

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USCIS Publishes Proposed Rule Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers 640 426 Kathleen Grzegorek

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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