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Extended Employment Opportunities for Foreign Students Come at a Price 1280 853 Josie Gonzalez

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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Increased Nonimmigrant Visa Appointment Wait Times In India 640 621 Andrew Grzegorek

Increased Nonimmigrant Visa Appointment Wait Times In India

  It has been brought to our attention that the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India have recently experienced a significant increase in visa appointment and processing wait times to schedule a nonimmigrant visa interview. The earliest appointment for a nonimmigrant visa interview, other than a visitor or student visa, is currently exceeding 75 days in…

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Employer Obligations Related to the H-1B Labor Condition Applications and the H-1B Process 640 426 Andrew Grzegorek

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 Andrew Grzegorek

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 Andrew Grzegorek

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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Part II: Physicians- Path to Legal Permanent Residency 640 426 Andrew Grzegorek

Part II: Physicians- Path to Legal Permanent Residency

The Part I of the article covered the journey of an International Medical Graduate (“IMG”) from seeking Residency to an H-1b Visa.  IMG’s who pursue residency program in a J-1 visa are subject to the two (2) years of home residency requirement.  In order to avoid the home residency requirement, the IMG is required to…

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Permanent Residency Through Labor Certification Processing 580 436 Andrew Grzegorek

Permanent Residency Through Labor Certification Processing

This article will summarize the procedure to obtain U.S. Permanent Resident status (the so-called “green card”) via employment and it will explain briefly the information and actions needed from the employer and the foreign national in order to process the case.  The procedure to obtain a green card is a multi-stage process.  Under procedures initiated…

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