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28 September 2016

Visa Life-Cycle for Researchers and Scientists

Kathleen Grzegorek

Reprinted with permission from Inside Immigration (Apr. 2013), copyright by the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Early Evaluation of Potential IV Eligibility: CV’s Publications, and Other Evidence   For researchers and scientists, we consider: Extraordinary Ability (can self-petition)* Outstanding Researcher (requires employer sponsorship) National Interest Waiver (can self-petition) Schedule A, Group ... Read More

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1 June 2016

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 ... Read More

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1 June 2016

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, ... Read More

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24 May 2016

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 ... Read More

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27 April 2016

STEM Workers Granted Extended Employment Authorization Period

Josie Gonzalez

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 its 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. ... Read More

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27 April 2016

Employer Alerts – Spring 2016

H-1B Cap Season in Full Swing The H-1B filing window for fiscal year 2017 is set to open on April 1, 2016, much to the delight of many would-be H-1B workers with offers of employment in the United States.  A total of 85,000 H-1B visas are available under the cap; ... Read More

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