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Why Immigrants Make a Big Impact for Small Businesses
May, 4 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

As a small business owner, return on investment is top of mind. One of your biggest (and most important) investments is in the team…

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Mobilizing Employees Internationally
What is the impact of Brexit on global mobility?
Jul, 1 2016 | Envoy Contributor

The United Kingdom’s recent vote to separate from the European Union (EU) was a surprise move for many. While the impact Brexit (shortened from “British exit”)…

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Managing Your Expat Workforce
Sponsoring Employees? Watch Out for These Causes of Attrition
Sep, 22 2016 | Envoy Contributor

Preventing attrition goes hand-in-hand with retention. To find out what would prompt sponsored employees to seek employment at a different company, we asked more…

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Hiring Global Talent
TechServe Alliance 2016 Recap
Nov, 8 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

We had a great time at the TechServe Alliance 2016. And we took some great photos of all the fun we had at our…

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Hiring Global Talent
VISANOW HR Tech Expo Recap
Oct, 7 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

We had a great time at the HR Technology Conference & Expo. We took lots of photos. Can you find yours among the bunch?…

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Hiring Global Talent
USCIS Revises Filing Requirements for H-1B Holder Worksite Changes
Jun, 3 2015 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Recently, USCIS changed the required filing process for when an H-1B employee changes work locations outside the area of intended employment. If any of…

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Hiring Global Talent
HR Southwest Conference Recap
Oct, 20 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

We had a great time at the HRSouthwest Conference. And we took some great photos of all the fun we had at our booth.…

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Hiring Global Talent
USCIS fees to increase on Dec. 23
Nov, 2 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Every two years, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services evaluates their fee schedule to determine if the rates are high enough to cover their operating…

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Hiring Global Talent
Urban Myths of Immigration: It’s Not Worth the Effort
Nov, 7 2016 | Envoy Contributor

Over the years, I’ve often been asked to help organizations with their recruitment challenges. Almost always, these challenges center on hiring qualified, skilled workers,…

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Until Next Time, SHRM
Jun, 26 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Every day of SHRM 2016, Envoy CMO Jamie Gilpin will blog her thoughts from the conference. Here’s the latest update.  Another SHRM (my ninth!)…

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Found the perfect candidate? Here are two ways to attract global talent
Jul, 18 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Far from being reactive, establishing a green card policy or an immigration-related perk package at your company immediately makes you more desirable as an…

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Managing Your Expat Workforce
Trump v. Clinton: Whose Immigration Plan Is Better for U.S. Businesses?
Aug, 29 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Update: President-elect Donald Trump released a plan for his first 100 days in office, which includes immigration-related action items. NPR has a great article…

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Managing Your Expat Workforce
Tips for Boosting Retention of Your Expat Workforce
Sep, 2 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Expat employees are a valued resource for your company. As they contribute their skills to your organization, ensure you meet their needs to help…

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Hiring Global Talent
The STEM Talent Shortage: Technology
May, 24 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

In our STEM Talent Shortage series, we examine four industries impacted by a lack of available workers in STEM fields. You’ve probably read the…

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Hiring Global Talent
The STEM Talent Shortage: Manufacturing
May, 31 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

In our STEM Talent Shortage series, we examine four industries impacted by a lack of available workers in STEM fields. The roads we drive…

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Hiring Global Talent
The social HR series: building your social media strategy
Jun, 2 2016 | Envoy Contributor

We’re going to let you in on a huge secret: There is a talent shortage in the United States – and it doesn’t look…

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Hiring Global Talent
Select H-4 Dependent Spouses Now Eligible for Work Authorization
May, 26 2015 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Calling all H-1B and H-4 holders! The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced that select H-4 dependents are now eligible to apply for…

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Savings Calculator: Weighing cost of vacancy vs. hiring a foreign national
Jun, 8 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Performing a cost of vacancy (COV) calculation is useful for generating a clear picture of the financial impact of talent shortages on your company.…

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Protect your Personal or Employee’s Immigration Data
Sep, 29 2010 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

It is difficult to imagine an activity that involves disclosing more personal information to more people than applying for a visa. Your recent addresses,…

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New report: Global Talent Perspectives 2016 dives into the hearts and minds of global talent
Jul, 12 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Wondering how to acquire and retain top global talent? Envoy’s new report, Global Talent Perspectives 2016, has the answer — sourced from high-skilled international…

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RFE Rates for L-1 Visas Continue to Rise
Oct, 24 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Last year, we reported on the high Request for Evidence (RFE) rate for the L-1B Intracompany Transfer for Employees With Specialized Knowledge work visa. The latest U.S.…

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Master social media recruiting with these 4 tips
Aug, 16 2016 | Envoy Contributor

The year 2016 has welcomed another wave of awesome social media growth. With the introduction of new, niche platforms; social listening and automation software;…

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Inside Our Global Workforce Management Solution: Exploring the Communication Center
Sep, 21 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Transparency was missing from the typical immigration process, so we created the Communication Center. It allows Envoy-affiliated attorneys to quickly respond to HR inquiries while saving…

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Inside Our Global Workforce Management Solution: Discovering the Document Library
Oct, 27 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

One of the most tedious parts of the visa application process is dealing with all the paper files. First you have to source all…

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Mobilizing Employees Internationally
Inside China’s New Work Permit System
Nov, 9 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

On Nov. 1, China launched a limited release of its unified work authorization application policy. The change is touted as a major overhaul of the previously…

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Hiring Global Talent
Inside Canada’s Skilled Worker Cap Program
Sep, 13 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Canada’s largest province recently met the quota for its skilled worker visa. The Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) grants work authorization to 10,000 individuals…

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Immigration news brief: Congress discontinues H-1B, L-1 `50/50′ fee
Oct, 15 2015 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

On Sept. 30, Congress failed to renew Public Law 111-230 (the 50/50 fee). Enacted in August 2010, the 50/50 fee mandated companies with more…

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How Foreign Nationals Unlock Greater ROI
Feb, 19 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Filling the skills gap is a well-known benefit of hiring foreign nationals. But international workers contribute more than their education and skill set –…

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Hiring Global Talent
House votes to add security restrictions to Visa Waiver Program
Dec, 9 2015 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

In an overwhelming majority, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill tightening security restrictions of the Visa Waiver Program. Currently, nationals from 38…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
Entering the US with the Visa Waiver Program
Aug, 23 2013 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of participating countries (there are currently 37, also mapped out here) to travel to the Unites States…

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Hiring Global Talent
Survey Forecasts STEM Recruiting Troubles to Continue in 2017
Oct, 6 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Good News: Jobvite’s recently published Recruiter Nation Report 2016 indicates a healthy labor market as 69 percent of recruiters said their company’s hiring increased in…

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Hiring Global Talent
[E-book] Recruiting foreign talent? 5 HR leaders share their tactical secrets
May, 17 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

The war for tech talent is fierce as high-skill roles go unfilled and top workers are lured away by hefty incentives offered by competitors. In this…

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EB-4, EB-5 Green Card Programs Extended Through Early December
Oct, 11 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

News Brief: President Obama recently extended the EB-4 Non-Minister Special Immigrant and EB-5 Regional Center green card programs until Dec. 9. The initiatives were…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
District Court Invalidates F-1 OPT STEM Extension, DHS Plans Next Steps
Aug, 15 2015 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

On August 12, the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., ruled that the program granting 17-month extensions in F-1 Optional Practical Training for science,…

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Hiring Global Talent
Decade of SHRM
Jun, 10 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Hi, I’m Jamie and I have been going to SHRM for (almost) 10 years. My first SHRM was in 2007 in Las Vegas… and…

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Hiring Global Talent
Day 2 #SHRM16 – The Cliffs Notes
Jun, 21 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Every day of SHRM 2016, VISANOW CMO Jamie Gilpin will blog her thoughts from the conference. Here’s the latest update.  After a full day…

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Mobilizing Employees Internationally
Considering moving to another country if your candidate loses?
Aug, 5 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Every presidential election cycle, the topic of an unfavorable candidate becoming the next U.S. leader prompts people across party lines to declare that they’d…

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Canadian government seeks feedback on current immigration policy
Jul, 26 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Want to voice your opinion on the state of Canada’s immigration policy? Now might be your chance. The country’s recently elected Liberal government issued…

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Managing Your Expat Workforce
Bethune-Cookman University Masters the Application Process With Partner Envoy
Oct, 16 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Bethune-Cookman University is no stranger to change. Founded as Cookman Institute in 1872, the historically black college has come a long way, achieving its…

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Managing Your Expat Workforce
Perspectives on Retention: 5 Tips for Building an Inclusive Company Culture
Sep, 28 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Finding the right talent for hard-to-fill roles, especially in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) positions, is challenging. In our ebook Hiring a Foreign National Employee: Essential…

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3 Ways to Scale Retention Strategies Across a Global Workforce
Jan, 13 2017 | Laurie Ruettimann

I recently read about a company that earned a 98 percent employee retention rate by implementing three key steps related to culture, improved interviewing…

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Hiring Global Talent
3 Ways to Forecast and Schedule Global Hiring
Sep, 13 2016 | Laurie Ruettimann

Your organization is growing, and you need technical workers from Denver to Delhi. While it feels like there’s a shortage of talented workers, talent…

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Managing Your Expat Workforce
3 Insights Into Onboarding Sponsored Employees
Aug, 23 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Although onboarding is a crucial step in hiring, most expats have varied experiences when it comes to timing and process. In Global Talent Perspectives…

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Managing Your Expat Workforce
Which presidential candidate can fix the immigration system?
Mar, 9 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

In the Envoy Immigration Trends 2016 survey, a majority of employers acknowledged that the U.S. immigration system is broken. We asked them to identify…

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Managing Your Expat Workforce
Three Warning Signs of An Immigration Scam
Feb, 21 2014 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

The immigration process is about uniting families and loved ones while offering life-changing opportunities to students and professionals. Unfortunately, there are some that try…

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Hiring Global Talent
What’s New With Envoy 3.0: Documents Get More Visible
Nov, 16 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Our team is dedicated to improving our platform at every chance while keeping you in the loop of what’s changed. Check out all our improvements and fixes…

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Hiring Global Talent
Envoy moves to the cloud
Oct, 30 2015 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

The Envoy immigration management platform recently migrated to “the cloud” and, while the improvements to our system may not be visible, the differences are…

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Hiring Global Talent
Pool of H-1B cap petitions barely grows, signaling distrust
Apr, 16 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Faith in the H-1B visa program may be diminishing as applications for the temporary worker immigration program slow significantly compared to the program’s historic trend. “Legal immigration…

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Managing Your Expat Workforce
Oh, the hoopla of #SHRM16
Jun, 20 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Every day of SHRM 2016, Envoy CMO Jamie Gilpin will blog her thoughts from the conference. Here’s the latest update.  Day 1 of SHRM…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
DHS Known Employer Pilot Program begins
Mar, 4 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

The Known Employer Pilot Program, introduced in January 2015 in the Department of Homeland Security’s United States-Canada Beyond the Border initiative, was just launched to…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
H-1B fee hike, Visa Waiver Program reform passed in omnibus bill
Dec, 22 2015 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

The omnibus appropriations bill that was signed into law on Friday altered multiple immigration programs. The spending measure provides discretionary funding for the government…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
National Interest Waiver Requirements Ease as USCIS Increases Flexibility of EB-2 Green Card
Jan, 12 2017 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Frustrated with the time-consuming PERM labor certification process? Soon it might be easier for you to sponsor an individual for an EB-2 Advanced Worker…

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H-1B Visa Success Story: How FiftyThree Fixed its Broken Immigration Process With Envoy
Jan, 12 2017 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Designers, engineers and makers comprise the core the team at FiftyThree. The New York-headquartered company was founded in 2011 by four “ex-Microsoft guys.” In…

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Mobilizing Employees Internationally
Infographic: A World-Ready Workforce
Jan, 10 2017 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Why is a world-ready workforce mission critical for today’s organizations? With skilled labor shortages and the rise of globally minded employees, businesses today need…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
USCIS Stats Reveal L-1B Denial Rates Remain High
Jul, 20 2015 | Kristen Bugaris

United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) designates a special visa classification, the L-1, for “intracompany transferees,” i.e. individuals who work for a company…

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Hiring Global Talent
I Want to Work in the U.S., But Where Can I Find Visa Jobs?
Jul, 14 2016 | Kristen Bugaris

Sometimes, foreign nationals ask Envoy how we can help them find jobs. While we enable organizations and individuals to more efficiently navigate the immigration…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Extended Through December 11
Oct, 1 2015 | Kristen Bugaris

President Obama signed a Continuing Resolution that extended the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program (also called regional center program) and funded the government through Dec.…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
USCIS Adds 16 Countries to H-2A/H-2B Participation List
Dec, 3 2015 | Kristen Bugaris

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) expanded the H-2A Temporary Agricultural and H-2B Temporary Nonagricultural visa programs. Beginning Jan. 18, nationals from 16 countries,…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
New Memo Clarifies Comparable Evidence for O-1 Work Visa
Feb, 5 2016 | Kristen Bugaris

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum clarifying when petitioners and attorneys may submit comparable evidence for the O-1 Individuals with…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
How to Use the DOL’s Prevailing Wage Library
Jul, 8 2016 | Kristen Bugaris

If you’re sponsoring an expat worker for a green card, you’ll likely be required to complete the PERM Labor Certification process, which tests the…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
7 Ways to Spot Online Immigration Fraud
Jul, 15 2013 | Kristen Bugaris

As any U.S. immigrant already knows, U.S. immigration laws are complex, expansive, and constantly changing. In general, immigrants are at a heightened disadvantage in…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
Immigrants and the U.S. Military: Fighting Side by Side Since 1776
Nov, 11 2013 | Kristen Bugaris

This Veteran’s Day, we express our gratitude toward all of those who have served in the U.S. military, especially those who have sacrificed their…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
DOL to Propose Changes to Green Card’s PERM Labor Certification
Jun, 1 2016 | Kristen Bugaris

In the coming weeks, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will issue a proposed rule announcing a range of changes to the PERM Labor…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
USCIS Adds Extra Step to Visa Bulletin
Oct, 16 2015 | Kristen Bugaris

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) implemented an additional step to the green card process. Beginning with the November 2015 Visa Bulletin, if there…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
A Brief History of USCIS
Nov, 4 2013 | Kristen Bugaris

Did you know that USCIS officially took over immigration service duties of the federal government only on March 1, 2003? On that date, USCIS…

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All about U.S. H visas: working temporarily in the U.S.
Dec, 28 2016 | Tim Dwyer

This week we’re talking about H visas, some of the most popular (and most difficult to obtain) of the U.S. work vises. The different…

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U.S. District Court validates 17-month OPT STEM extension until May 10
Jan, 26 2016 | Tim Dwyer

Update, as of August 1, 2016: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently alerted 17-month STEM OPT holders that they can apply to add seven months…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
What is the Working Holiday Visa Program, and Who Can Apply?
Dec, 13 2013 | Kristen Bugaris

The holiday travel season is here, and that means thousands of students and young people will be spending school breaks and vacation time in…

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STEM OPT students now eligible for 2 years of additional work authorization
May, 18 2016 | Tim Dwyer

Update: The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Optional Practical Training (OPT) work program extension began May 10. Companies across the country may now employ international students, skilled in science, technology, engineering and…

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Sourcing Expats: Insights for a global talent acquisition strategy
Aug, 3 2016 | Tim Dwyer

When recruiting expats, your sourcing strategy shouldn’t be one-size-fits-all.

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September 2016 Visa Bulletin update
Aug, 10 2016 | Tim Dwyer

Learn whether your priority date is current (meaning you are closer to receiving a green card) in the latest Visa Bulletin. The U.S. Department of…

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General Employment Visa Questions
Oct, 27 2014 | Tim Dwyer

Envoy offers a money-back guarantee* all while providing superior customer service, fast attorney response times, and flat fees. We pride ourselves on our ability…

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G Visa for Employees of International Organizations
Dec, 16 2013 | Tim Dwyer

Looking to come to the U.S. by applying for a G visa? You’ll have to be a diplomat or other government official working as…

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USCIS Provides Additional Guidance for L-1B’s ‘Specialized Knowledge’ Requirement
Aug, 28 2015 | Tim Dwyer

Recently, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that the denial rate for L-1B visas, for intracompany transfers with specialized knowledge, hit a record…

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DHS proposes 24-month OPT STEM extension
Oct, 19 2015 | Tim Dwyer

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule in response to an August court decision that invalidated the 17-month extension of the…

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4 Travel Mistakes That Could Endanger Your U.S. Visa Status
Jun, 11 2013 | Tim Dwyer

  Here at Envoy we always request that clients with a non-immigrant U.S. visa tell us about their international travel plans. We then evaluate…

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Select Green Card Priority Dates Pushed Back 6 Years
Dec, 28 2016 | Tim Dwyer

Update: The October Visa Bulletin is now live. It reveals that the EB-1 preference categories for China and India are now current and there is…

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A numbers game: the history of the H-1B work visa program
Jan, 14 2016 | Tim Dwyer

65,000 Every year around April 1, that number is top of mind for foreign nationals applying for work visas, as well as the employers…

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Introducing the new Visa Bulletin
Dec, 28 2016 | Tim Dwyer

Note: The October Visa Bulletin was revised on Sept. 25 by the U.S. Department of State. As a result of this unforeseen change, some employment-based green…

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The presidential election’s impact on HR
Aug, 15 2016 | Tim Dwyer

As you weigh the pros and cons of each presidential candidate against your own personal beliefs and values, don’t forget to consider how each…

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If my green card application is pending, how can I use the I-131 and I-765 so I can still work and travel?
Dec, 28 2016 | Tim Dwyer

If your Adjustment of Status (I-485) green card application is pending, you may want to consider filing an I-765, Application for Employment Authorization Document…

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USCIS Stats Reveal L-1B Denial Rates Remain High
Jul, 20 2015 | Tim Dwyer

United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) designates a special visa classification, the L-1, for “intracompany transferees,” i.e. individuals who work for a company…

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The EB-5 Investor Visa Program is More Popular Than Ever
Aug, 22 2013 | Tim Dwyer

The EB-5 Investor Visa is one of the lesser-known avenues to citizenship in the U.S., but demand for them among foreign national investors is…

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Notice: Extended wait times for consulate appointments
Jun, 9 2016 | Tim Dwyer

The U.S. State Department is currently experiencing exceptionally long wait times, in excess of two or three months, for appointments to obtain a visa…

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USCIS Revises the Green Card Application Process
Sep, 10 2015 | Tim Dwyer

Due to the long wait times faced by many foreign nationals seeking legal permanent residency, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has revised its…

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Employment-Based Green Cards: 3 Tips to Help You Master the PERM Process
May, 6 2015 | Tim Dwyer

Sponsoring a foreign national for an employment-based green card is a great way to retain skilled talent. However, for most green card categories (including EB-2 and…

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What is the Difference Between a Passport and a Visa?
Nov, 11 2014 | Tim Dwyer

Traveling soon and need to know the difference between a passport and a visa? Before traveling, be sure you know the differences between a…

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Attorney Q&A Series: PERM Labor Certification
May, 6 2016 | Jancy Liu

In this installment of our attorney Q&A series, we’ve enlisted Karen Gillespie, an attorney from Global Immigration Associates (VISANOW’s exclusively affiliated law firm) to…

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If my green card application is pending, how can I use the I-131 and I-765 so I can still work and travel?
Dec, 27 2016 | Jancy Liu

If your Adjustment of Status (I-485) green card application is pending, you may want to consider filing an I-765, Application for Employment Authorization Document…

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Managing Your Expat Workforce
USCIS Immigrant Flexibility Rule: What You Need to Know
Jan, 6 2017 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

USCIS announced a set of rules aimed at improving the working conditions for high-skilled nonimmigrant workers. The rules go into effect on Jan. 17,…

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Hiring Global Talent
H-1B Cap Season Document Checklist
Jan, 3 2017 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

There are many steps in creating a successful H-1B Person in Specialty Occupation visa petition. One of the most important is collecting all the…

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Mobilizing Employees Internationally
LMO to LMIA: The 4 Biggest Changes to Canada’s Labour Market Assessment
Jul, 8 2015 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

If you’re a Canadian employer who regularly hires foreign talent, you’ve probably had to complete the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) in the past to…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
What’s the Difference Between Refugee and Asylee Applicants?
Oct, 22 2013 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Most people aren’t familiar with the distinct, separate definitions of refugees and asylees (or asylum-seekers), but both groups in the U.S. tend to get…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
Immigration Forms Still Not Digitized at USCIS
Nov, 10 2015 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Immigration forms are an antiquated necessity that USCIS has been promising to digitize for years. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) decade-long effort to…

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Hiring Global Talent
Immigrant Entrepreneurship is Booming With Billion-Dollar Startups
Mar, 25 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Immigrant entrepreneurship is booming in the United States. Learn how. Work hard, and you’ll achieve your goals: It’s a narrative fundamental to American culture.…

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Hiring Global Talent
STEM OPT students eligible for 2 years of additional work authorization
May, 18 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

STEM OPT Update: The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Optional Practical Training (OPT) work program extension began May 10. Companies across the country may now employ international students, skilled in science, technology,…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
Green Card Process: Attorney Q&A
Apr, 19 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

25Green card process management can be difficult. In this installment of our attorney Q&A series, we’ve enlisted the assistance of Global Immigration Associates, our…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
Visitor Visa: What is the Difference Between B-1 and B-2?
Jul, 1 2014 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Visitor visas are one of the most popular forms of legal travel authorization. Not sure if you should apply for a B-1 or B-2…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
Visa Wait Times: Who’s Waiting and for How long?
Dec, 19 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Visa wait times: Not all are created equal. And when it comes to relocating to the United States, nationals of countries with a high…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
H-4 Visa: What are the benefits?
Jan, 6 2014 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

H-4 visas are issued to spouses and minor children of H-1B visa holders. H-4 visas are only valid as long as their H-1B family…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
Webinar Recap: 10 Tips for a Stress-Free H-1B Cap Season
Dec, 28 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Tip 1: Determine Eligibility With an Attorney to Protect Against Denied Petitions Later.   Tip 2: Thinking Long Term Ensures You Meet All Petition Requirements.…

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Mobilizing Employees Internationally
January Visa Bulletin Update: New Year Begins With Minor Priority Date Movement
Dec, 20 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

The U.S. Department of State released its January 2017 Visa Bulletin. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is mandating employment-based applicants to use the…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
H-1B Cap Season Success Calendar
Dec, 22 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

As H-1B experts, we know every tip and trick for a stress-free cap season. This year, we’re passing on our knowledge through a helpful,…

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Hiring Global Talent
Green Card PERM Filings Increased 11% in FY 2016
Dec, 2 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

A growing number of employers are sponsoring workers for green cards, according to statistics recently released by the Department of Labor. The data shows that…

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Mobilizing Employees Internationally
VISANOW is Now Envoy, Here’s Why
Dec, 5 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

For almost 20 years, VISANOW has provided high-quality service to companies who want the best experience possible for their HR teams and employees in…

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Hiring Global Talent
H-1B Cap Season: Potential Risks of Prepping Last-Minute Applications
Dec, 1 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

H-1B Cap Season is months away. You’ll have plenty of time to prepare your petitions before the April 1 deadline, right? Maybe not. HR…

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Hiring Global Talent
H-1B Cap Issues? Here are 3 mistakes to avoid during season
Dec, 5 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

In 2016, out of the 236,000 H-1B Person in Specialty Occupation petitions submitted, only 36 percent were selected in the capped government lottery for…

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Hiring Global Talent
H-1B cap procrastinators, here are five tips to help this season
Nov, 7 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

“People dread it.” That’s the answer Natalie Napolitano, customer relationship manager at VISANOW, provides when asked why employers drag their feet on the H-1B…

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H-1B Cap-Gap: What Employers Need to Know
Dec, 20 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

While the H-1B lottery season is over, if you sponsored an H-1B petition for a student with an F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) status,…

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Hiring Global Talent
H-1B Cap Season: 3 Reasons to Prepare Petitions Early
Dec, 27 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

H-1B cap season is an uncertain time of year, since U.S. employers can’t control whether or not their foreign nationals’ petitions are selected in…

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Hiring Global Talent
H-1B Cap Season: How Prioritizing H-1B Applications Gave Asurion an Immigration Advantage
Nov, 20 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

You’ve seen the commercials on TV, where the family’s going on vacation and the dad says: ‘Did we shut the lights off? Did we…

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Hiring Global Talent
H-1B Cap Season: 6 Ways Technology Improves the Application Process
Nov, 20 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

H-1B cap season is here. What will you do differently this year to improve your efficiency of the H-1B application process? We have a…

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Hiring Global Talent
H-1B Cap Season Best Practices
Nov, 30 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

In a previous post, we explained why it’s best to start preparing your H-1B visa cap applications now. So, let’s get started. First, it’s…

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Hiring Global Talent
H-1B Cap Season: Why You Should Prepare Applications Now
Nov, 20 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

In less than five months on April 1, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) begins accepting applications for the H-1B Specialty Occupation visa —…

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Hiring Global Talent
Global Talent Lays the Foundation for a World-Ready Workforce
Nov, 29 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Global talent does more than just solve the growing U.S. skills gap. Global talent provides organizations with the necessary resources to best position themselves…

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Mobilizing Employees
International Assignment Planning: What to Consider Before & After the Trip
Dec, 23 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

International assignments are a great performance development tool. Rather than relegating your employees to their current position, international assignments offers them the opportunity to…

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Hiring Global Talent
Global Workforce Management: Characteristics of an Effective Program
Dec, 28 2016 | Jamie Gilpin

Global workforce management is possible with a strategic, proactive view into compliance, workforce and financial forecasting. But that’s only the tactical approach. Let’s zoom…

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Hiring Global Talent
Onboarding Programs: 3 Ways to Build a Strong Expat Program
Nov, 21 2016 | Laurie Ruettimann

Onboarding programs are very important to employee success since new workers often show up for their first day of work feeling both excited and…

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Managing Your Expat Workforce
HR data: Using Analytics for Better Recruiting
Nov, 29 2016 | Laurie Ruettimann

HR data is pivotal in making strategic decisions. Jennifer McClure is president of Unbridled Talent and a sought-after business adviser. She combines her expertise as…

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Managing Your Expat Workforce
HR Technology: How to Get Executive Buy-In
Sep, 6 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

HR technology is ubiquitous these days, but that doesn’t mean getting buy-in for a new type is easy. As an HR manager, you wear…

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Managing Your Expat Workforce
Global Workforce Strategy: Going Global Ain’t What It Used to Be
Sep, 9 2016 | Charlie Judy

Global workforce strategies are essential to every modern business. Here’s why.

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Hiring Global Talent
Global Workforce Planning Tips
Nov, 29 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Global workforce planning is possible with preparation. Here are some tips to help you get started.

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Hiring Global Talent
Global Talent Acquisition: Carmen Hudson’s 6 Tactics for Interviewing Foreign Candidates
Nov, 18 2016 | Laurie Ruettimann

Global talent acquisition is simple with these tactics for interviewing foreign candidates.

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Managing Your Expat Workforce
Global Talent Retention: How to Help Sponsored Employees Succeed in the U.S. Workplace
Nov, 29 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Global talent retention is explored in-depth to help you reduce attrition of sponsored employees. For HR, managing the U.S. immigration process can be tough —…

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Hiring Global Talent
Employer Branding: 7 strategies to develop your employer brand abroad, from Epsilon’s Jennifer Davis
Nov, 29 2016 | Laurie Ruettimann

Employer branding expert Jennifer Davis shares her tips for establishing a memorable culture abroad.

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Hiring Global Talent
Immigrant Workers: 5 Stats Proving Their Value in the Workplace
Nov, 29 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Immigrant workers create tremendous value at organizations. They tend to be highly educated, especially in STEM fields. They stay with their employers for an…

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Hiring Global Talent
H-1B Cap Season by the Numbers
Nov, 29 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

H-1B cap season has been popular in recent years, requiring thousands of unselected petitioners to refile the following season or find a viable alternative.…

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Hiring Global Talent
H-1B Cap Season: How to Support Your Employees
Nov, 29 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

H-1B cap season is unpredictable. Since petitions are selected for processing through a lottery system – and only about one-third are chosen – employers…

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Managing Your Expat Workforce
Expedite Green Card Processing With These Quick Tips
Nov, 29 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Expedite green card processing with the following tips. Requests to have your green card application expedited (i.e. Form I-485) are discretionary and subject to the…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
Work Visa Tips: 5 Things You Need to Know
Nov, 22 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Work visa tips are prevalent across the web, since obtaining proper work authorization can be challenging. To set you on the right path, here’s…

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Hiring Global Talent
Global talent is within reach — here’s how to find it
Nov, 22 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Global talent pool procurement can seem intimidating. But there are lots of highly skilled, highly motivated workers from all over the world who are…

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Mobilizing Employees Internationally
Work Permits vs. Business Visas: What’s the difference?
Nov, 21 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Work permits, business visas — what’s the difference? Whether you’re an aspiring international fashion designer, attending a business summit overseas or a company sending…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
EAD Cards: Tips for Hiring Workers With Employment Authorization Documents
Nov, 21 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

EAD cards, also known as employment authorization documents, are a term recruiters and HR professionals come across often. Many times people aren’t sure whether…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
H-1B Cap Season: Attorney Q&A
Nov, 21 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

H-1B cap season is upon us. To lend H-1B sponsors a helping hand this cap season, we’ve enlisted the assistance of former Envoy-affiliated attorney…

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Managing Your Expat Workforce
Workforce Diversity Efforts Not Working? Here are 4 Signs Your Attempts are Failing
Nov, 21 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Are your workforce diversity plans not coming to fruition? You’re not alone. Only 1 percent of Facebook, Yahoo and Google tech employees are African…

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Managing Your Expat Workforce
Global Workers: 3 Tips for Successful Onboarding
Nov, 18 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Global workers need a unique onboarding process because their transition into your workplace is different than other, local workers.

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Mobilizing Employees Internationally
Going Global Can’t Be a Catchphrase: How to Build a World-Ready Culture
Nov, 10 2016 | Charlie Judy

Each week, as part of VISANOW’s Global Talent Adviser guest blog series, HR influencers will weigh in on topics of global talent and workforce…

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Managing Your Expat Workforce
Expatriate Workers: How to Create the Ideal Employee Experience
Nov, 29 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Expatriate workers are a valued portion of the global workforce. Ensure they’re onboarded correctly with these tips. While visa and green card holders are…

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