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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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Part II: Physicians- Path to Legal Permanent Residency 640 426 Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

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 Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

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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Congress Implements Changes to Visa Waiver Program 2048 1536 Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

Congress Implements Changes to Visa Waiver Program

Originally published March 29, 2016 The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) permits citizens of 38 countries to travel to the United States for business or tourism for stays of up to 90 days without a visa.  On January 21, 2016, Congress implemented changes to the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015,…

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New Electronic Visa System for Chinese Visitors 5472 3648 Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

New Electronic Visa System for Chinese Visitors

Originally published March 29, 2016 In November 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will implement the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS), an online system requiring Chinese nationals travelling on a People’s Republic of China passport with a 10-year B visitor visa to update their basic biographic information.  All travelers will be required to complete…

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