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15 June 2017

Employers Strategize With SGG as H-1B Cap Reached

For the sixth year in a row, the H-1B cap was reached in the first five days of filing eligibility.  USCIS received approximately 199,000 H-1B petitions for 85,000 available visas (including 20,000 visas set aside for individuals who earned a master’s degree or higher from a U.S. university).  USCIS began ... Read More

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30 May 2017

Recent Judicial Developments Bring Good News for Foreign Nationals

On April 19, 2017 the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers (WashTech, a union representing American workers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, STEM, fields).  WashTech challenged the STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) regulations allowing for ... Read More

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19 May 2017

PIHRA – Pasadena

Kathleen Grzegorek

June 13 – Immigration, Post-Election: Can Employers Do Right By Doing Right And Help Their Employees Too? Immigration attorney Kathleen Grzegorek of Stone Grzegorek, & Gonzalez LLP and Caltech’s Director of International Offices, Ilana Smith, will address current issues surrounding employer compliance and worksite enforcement for nonprofits, educational institutions and private ... Read More

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2 May 2017

Trump Administration’s Spotlight on H-1Bs

On April 18, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order (EO) entitled “Buy American and Hire American.”  The EO calls for the rigorous enforcement and administration of laws governing the entry of foreign workers to the U.S., as well as for the issuance of new guidance and the revision ... Read More

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1 May 2017

H-1B Season Is Over. Now What?

For the sixth year in a row, the H-1B cap was reached in the first five days of filing eligibility.  USCIS received approximately 199,000 H-1B petitions for 85,000 available visas (including 20,000 visas set aside for individuals who earned a master’s degree or higher from a U.S. university).  USCIS began ... Read More

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26 April 2017

2017 NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo

David Strashnoy

May 30 – David Strashnoy will present The ABCs of Visa Acquisition at the 2017 NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo at 8:00 AM. May 31 – Kathy Grzegorek will chair a discussion on Employer Compliance and Document Retention for Employment of Foreign Nationals at 2:45 PM. Click here for the full event program.

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30 March 2017

International Career Fair (ICF)

Lincoln Stone

April 1 –  Lincoln Stone will be speaking at the International Career Fair: Networking Internship Career Entrepreneurship event in Los Angeles. Attorneys Michele Franchett, Elsie Arias, Michael Harris and SGG staff members will be present. Click here to register.

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24 March 2017

Expect Delays in Processing of H-4 & H-4 EAD Applications Filed with Premium Processed H-1B Petitions

Kathleen Grzegorek

On March 3, 2017, USCIS announced the suspension of 15 day premium processing for all H-1B petitions effective April 3. This temporary suspension may last up to 6 months.  Yesterday, stakeholders were further informed by the Nebraska Service Center (“NSC”) that H-4 applications and H-4 EAD applications filed with premium ... Read More

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6 March 2017

Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions

On March 3, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed on or after April 3, 2017.  USCIS estimates this suspension may last up to six months. This temporary suspension only applies to H-1B petitions including ... Read More

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1 March 2017

USCIS Memo for Implementing Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvement Policies

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) released two memoranda related to Executive Orders (“EO”) entitled “Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest” and “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement policies” on February 20, 2017 and February 17, 2017, respectively. Both DHS memos discuss enforcement priorities of the immigration ... Read More

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