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H-1B to Green Card: Steps to Take for New Employees

October 1st was the first day for new H-1B holders to start working. Roughly 36 percent of companies wait to start the green card application process for sponsored employees until after a year of employment. However, allowing for immediate green card sponsorship might be part of the immigration policy at your organization, since in some

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U.S. Immigration Changes: What You Need to Know

Immigration has been a topic at the top of many minds for a long time and continues to play a large part of the national conversation. Since the current administration has been on the campaign trail, U.S. immigration changes seemed imminent. Now, and since the beginning of 2017, we’ve seen executive orders such as “Buy

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Hiring Global Talent is Necessary to Stay Competitive

The need for hiring global talent is staggering. According to the Envoy 2017 Immigration Trends Report, 77 percent of companies said that filling the skills gap at their organizations was very important. Now, we’ve found that 40 percent of employers around the world are having difficulty filling open jobs, while 42 percent are facing talent

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USCIS to Resume Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitioners

USCIS announced today its intention to immediately resume premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions. This service provides expedited processing for certain employment-based petitions and guarantees a 15-calendar day processing time from USCIS. Resumed premium processing would apply to all remaining H-1B cases for which expedited services have not already resumed, including H-1B extensions. Until recently,

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Webinar Recap: Creating a Company Immigration Policy

As the skills gap increases, U.S.-based companies are, more than ever, creating a company immigration policy for global recruitment and workforce management. These policies not only help manage expectations with prospective foreign nationals, but they also bring a defined process to inform managers on the proper procedures for recruiting an individual that requires a visa

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Speak Out in Support of the H-1B Visa Program 

With all of the uncertainty surrounding the administration’s plans for immigration, one thing remains certain – immigrants make our country, our world and our companies better.  As concern from our customers and their foreign national employees escalates, we want to promote a message of support and advocacy. We are launching a campaign promoting the importance

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Webinar Recap: Your Guide to Hiring Foreign Nationals

You’ve been asked to open a visa case for a new employee from overseas, but you have no experience hiring foreign nationals. Now what? Whether you’re new in your career or your company is new to immigration, we understand that the world of global mobility can be confusing. As an HR professional, you’re required to

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Understanding U.S. Work Visas: What’s the Difference?

Remembering U.S. work visas can often feel like alphabet soup – especially if you’re new to immigration program management. Each U.S. work visa available to foreign nationals comes with different eligibility requirements, offers varying lengths of work authorization and may or may not include the option for spouses and children to apply for dependent visas.

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How to Keep Employee Immigration Records Accurate

Employee immigration records are essential to your immigration management program. Not maintaining accuracy throughout the immigration process for each individual employee could cause issues with immigration authorities, result in visa denials and put your company under the microscope. But, it’s often easier said than done. Here are some tips to help make sure your employee

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What are Dual Intent Visas and Why Do They Matter?

Dual intent visas allow foreign nationals to apply for green card status in the U.S. while still classified under a temporary work visa. The “dual” intent is first, the intent to work in the United States with the help of a work visa, and second, the intent to apply for permanent residency. Some of the

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