OSC Updates its List of Employer Do’s and Don’ts for E-Verify

The United States Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices recently released an updated list of Do’s and Don’ts for employers who use E-Verify. The list serves to discourage discrimination against employment-authorized workers based on their citizenship or immigration status or their national origin. E-Verify, an online system administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:07:01-06:00July 31, 2014|

Homeland Security Announces Proposed Rule Changes for Skilled Foreign Workers

The Department of Homeland Security recently announced the publication of two proposed rules that are designed to attract and retain highly skilled foreign workers to the United States. Employment authorization for H-4 dependents The first proposed rule would extend employment authorization to the spouses of H-1B workers who have already started the process of seeking permanent residence through employment. Currently, [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:07:02-06:00July 8, 2014|

E Visas Help Boost U.S. Economy

Specifically created to encourage trade and investment between the United States and other countries, E visas grant foreign individuals who intend to engage in substantial trade or invest money into a new or existing U.S. business the right to work and temporarily reside in the U.S.  Traders receive an E-1 visa, while investors qualify under the E-2 category. The visas [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:07:07-06:00June 24, 2014|

Alternatives to the H-1B visa

Last week, I participated in a panel discussion on immigration reform at Techstars Boulder, a mentorship-driven seed stage investment program that assists fledgling technology companies to get the guidance and support to go to another level of success. And when these start-up firms succeed, high-paying U.S. jobs are created that can have a ripple effect throughout the community. The event [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:07:09-06:00April 30, 2014|

L-1B visas help large firms retain top talent, but denials on rise

Legal guidance can support effort L-1B visas offer multinational corporations with multiple divisions or affiliates an important tool. By applying for an L-1B, multinational employers can retain valuable talent over a longer period by transferring workers from a foreign affiliate to the United States. Recent figures, though, show that denial rates for the visa have increased significantly. The most recent [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:07:10-06:00April 3, 2014|

H-1B Visa Strategies Help Firms Expand Technical Workforce

Applications accepted April 1 When companies have difficulty filling specialized positions, applying for an H-1B visa to temporarily employ a highly skilled foreign professional is a smart and practical solution. The visa, created in 1952, allows a foreign worker who has theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields like math, engineering, medicine and computer programming to work for a U.S. [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:07:11-06:00February 11, 2014|

H-1B Season is Here!

As a reminder, the H-1B visa is for professional workers coming to work in specialty occupations.  Congress only allocates 65,000 visas per year and an additional 20,000 for individuals with an advanced degree from a U.S. University who have not previously been counted against the cap.  The H-1B is often the visa of choice for companies hiring new professional employees, [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:07:15-06:00March 5, 2013|