Category Archives: Immigration Compliance

  1. Is An H-1B Amendment Really Required?

    So, you have been approved for an H-1B and without notice, the project you are working on suddenly comes to an end.  There is another project available, however, is it necessary for your employer to file an H-1B amendment before starting at the new location?  The answer is maybe. The regulations state that an H-1B…

  2. USCIS Extends Certain Employment Authorizations Up To 540 days 

    Rather than adjudicate cases faster USCIS is extending certain employment authorizations up to 540 days.  This is a clear sign that faster adjudication times are still a distant promise and further evidence that USCIS continues to be incompetent.  I remember the days when USCIS had a 90- day turn around policy for issuing EAD cards. …

  3. Not Selected In The H-1B Lottery? Is Day 1 CPT The Only Option?

    Prefer a Video Format? See the video below to learn more about this article?   It’s that time of year again when I find myself speaking to people who have not been selected in the lottery and need to consult with PLG to find out whether they have any other options.  The majority of people…

  4. H-1B Lottery FY2023- Frequently Asked Questions

      What is the H-1B lottery and how do I apply? An H-1B visa is a temporary form of work authorization and is available for those who intend to work in a specialty occupation.  A specialty occupation position is one that requires the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and…

  5. H-1B Update – FY2023 H-1B Season Approaching

    With each new year comes another H-1B lottery.  Although the registration won’t open until March, Employers and potential employees need to start thinking about the process early on to make sure they are prepared. In the two previous years, USCIS has used electronic registration as a way of conducting the lottery and will continue to…

  6. USCIS Confirms It Will Suspend Biometrics For Certain Nonimmigrants

    USCIS has stated it will suspend the biometrics requirements for H-4, L-2, E-1, E-2 and E-3 applicants from May 17th, 2021 for a period of 2 years.  The biometric requirement was introduced by the Trump administration and was particularly cumbersome for H-4 and L-2 applicants as it meant that their applications would no longer be…

  7. PERMs and Audits

    PERM is an acronym for the “Program Electronic Review Management” system established under the Department of Labor (DOL) regulations. It is by getting a PERM certified that a foreign national starts the process to become a lawful permanent resident through employment. This, consequently, launches the journey to U.S. citizenship. All employment-based permanent residency applications (green…

  8. Know Your I-9 Responsibilities. A Must Read For All Employers.

    Pursuant to the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), Employers are required to complete and retain an I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification for each employee who is hired for employment, with limited exceptions which will be discussed below. IRCA specifically prohibits Employers from knowingly employing individuals who are not authorized to work in the…

  9. Trump Suspends Green Cards Due to COVID-19

    Yesterday, President Trump signed an Executive Order, temporarily suspending the issuance of green cards, claiming that this is a necessary step towards protecting the jobs of U.S. workers. Effective at 11.59 pm on April 23, 2020, this proclamation suspends entry into the U.S. of the following immigrants: Those outside the U.S. as of the effective…

  10. Staying H-1B Compliant During the COVID-19 Outbreak

    We are living in very uncertain times.  As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, many employees are being asked to work remotely in order to slow the spread of the virus.  Due to the number of office closures Employers need to take a closer look at the Department of Labor (DOL) regulations to ensure that…

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