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Hiring Global Talent
EB-1: Priority Worker Requirements
Jul, 24 2017 | Chelsea Iversen

EB-1 is one of the most desirable green card options because it does not require companies to complete the permanent labor certification (PERM) process.…

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Global Immigration
Policy News
Unselected H-1B Cap Petitions Returned by USCIS
Jul, 19 2017 | Britni Sehgal

On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it has returned all fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap petitions that were…

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Thought Leadership
Stealth Expats Could Be a Risk to Your Company
Jul, 19 2017 | Chelsea Iversen

Stealth expats are business travelers who overstays his or her welcome in a foreign country, living and working there in a state of noncompliance.…

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Policy News
Changes to Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification
Jul, 18 2017 | Chelsea Iversen

On Monday, July 17, USCIS released a new version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. This new version is available now and can…

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Policy News
Trump Administration Increases H-2B Visas by 15,000
Jul, 17 2017 | Britni Sehgal

H-2B Visas Set to Increase On Monday, July 17, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security announced an increase of 15,000 H-2B visas for temporary…

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August Visa Bulletin
August 2017 USCIS Visa Bulletin
Jul, 17 2017 | Britni Sehgal

The August 2017 USCIS Visa Bulletin has been released. As a reminder, the USCIS announced that in July it will only accept employment-based adjustment-of-status applications…

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Immigration
EAD: Employment Authorization Document Information
Jul, 17 2017 | Chelsea Iversen

What is an EAD and do I need it? An Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card allows you to work while the I-485 is pending.…

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Compliance
Immigration Audit: How to Prepare Your Company for a Site Visit
Jul, 14 2017 | Chelsea Iversen

An immigration audit at a company that has employees with H-1B and L-1 status, especially with multiple visa holders, is likely to catch the attention of…

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Policy News
Startup Visa Rule Delayed by Trump Administration
Jul, 12 2017 | Britni Sehgal

A memo from the Department of Homeland Security earlier this week announced the startup visa rule delayed in the United States. Published during the…

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Trending
Brexit Update: What EU Nationals Should Expect in the U.K.
Jul, 12 2017 | Chelsea Iversen

A published plan and statement issued by the U.K.’s Prime Minister Theresa May on June 26 offered up guidelines as to what EU nationals…

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Thought Leadership
Global Workforce Retention: What You Need to Know
Jul, 10 2017 | Chelsea Iversen

Employee engagement has always been integral to maintaining a healthy organization, and it’s critical to global workforce retention. Building and engaging talent globally is…

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Compliance
Electronic Public Access Files Allowed by Department of Labor
Jul, 7 2017 | Chelsea Iversen

Employers of H-1B, H-1B1 and E-3 visas are required to keep public access files (PAF) for every sponsored employee that are available for public…

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Global Talent
6 Steps to Create an Effective Global Workforce Plan
Jul, 5 2017 | Chelsea Iversen

HR planning for a global workforce means putting systems in place to deal with change before it happens – not after. To avoid reactionary…

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Compliance
Be Prepared: Your USCIS Site Visit Checklist
Jun, 30 2017 | Chelsea Iversen

Earlier this year, USCIS announced its intention to become even more scrupulous with its site visits to existing visa holders. The objective was to…

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Visa Information
H-1B Extension and Renewals: When Should You File?
Jun, 29 2017 | Chelsea Iversen

The H-1B is a highly competitive U.S. work visa thanks to its dual intent allowance and stay periods. It has grown in popularity lately,…

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Policy News
UPDATE: Trump Travel Ban Partially Approved by Supreme Court
Jun, 26 2017 | Britni Sehgal

*Update on July 14, 2017: As of Thursday, a federal judge in Hawaii ruled that grandparents and other extended relatives are exempt from the…

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Global Talent
Growing Global Talent: How to Make the Case 
Jun, 26 2017 | Chelsea Iversen

Get the right people in the right place – with the right skills, and at the right time – at the right price: that…

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Policy News
H-1B Premium Processing Resumed for Doctors
Jun, 23 2017 | Britni Sehgal

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that starting Monday, June 26, they will resume H-1B premium processing for all petitions filed for…

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Immigration
PERM Filing Process: Tips to Help You Succeed
Jun, 23 2017 | Chelsea Iversen

For an employer, preparing for a PERM filing can be tricky. A PERM Labor Certification is the first of a multi-step process to obtain…

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TN Visa
TN Visa Requirements: Your Questions Answered
Jun, 21 2017 | Chelsea Iversen

Growing competition for the H-1B visa over the past couple of years has made employers hungry for alternatives to recruiting a global workforce. Enter…

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Visa Bulletin
USCIS Visa Bulletin: July 2017
Jun, 21 2017 | Britni Sehgal

The USCIS Visa Bulletin for July 2017 has been released. As a reminder, the USCIS announced that in July it will only accept employment-based adjustment-of-status…

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Immigration Policy
Green Card Sponsorship as a Tool to Attract Talent
Jun, 19 2017 | Chelsea Iversen

The benefits of a global workforce are irrefutable and using immigration-related perks like green card sponsorship can go a long way. Yes, finding the…

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Global Immigration
What Is the Value of a Globally Diverse Workforce?
Jun, 16 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Staying relevant may seem easy, but only if you’re thinking too small. In a world that’s mobile, dynamic and constantly connected, organizations should be…

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Policy News
Visa Application Questions Updated, Says U.S. State Department
Jun, 16 2017 | Britni Sehgal

The U.S. State Department has released new visa application questions for certain foreign nationals applying for a visa at a U.S. consulate. These new…

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Policy News
Department of Labor to Fight Visa Fraud with Legal Action
Jun, 15 2017 | Britni Sehgal

On Tuesday, June 6, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the intentions of the U.S. Department of Labor to be more assertive with entities…

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Compliance
H-1B Status Change: How to Stay Compliant
Jun, 14 2017 | Britni Sehgal

The H-1B visa is job-specific, which means whenever there is a significant change for a sponsored employee – including a change of worksite location,…

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Compliance
Public Access Files to LCAs: Your Top Compliance Questions Answered
Jun, 12 2017 | Britni Sehgal

How long do I need do keep public access files? What do I do with an LCA? Do these questions sound familiar? They probably…

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Policy News
H-4 Visa: Requirements and Proposed Policy Changes
Jun, 9 2017 | Britni Sehgal

It’s clear that immigration is and will continue to be one of the main focuses of the current administration’s policy. And while the H-1B…

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Compliance
Form I-9 Compliance and the Importance of Self-Audits
Jun, 7 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Immigration compliance is a complicated and nuanced issue with vast requirements for employers to follow and understand. And immigration compliance and regulations are not…

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Travel Tips
Passport: 4 Ways to Get Yours and Why You Should Apply Today
Jun, 5 2017 | Britni Sehgal

As Americans, our culture oftentimes exhibits an unrealistic need for instant gratification. We want our deliverables, whether online or in the service industry, to…

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Compliance
Work Permits and Business Travel Requirements
Jun, 2 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Short-term business travel and understanding which work permits to obtain can be a gray area for global companies. It’s no wonder 33 percent of…

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Compliance
Immigration Audits Preparation: Your Compliance Policy Checklist
May, 31 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Since 2009, the spotlight has been on employers of visa holders more than the visa holders themselves, and this spotlight has exposed organizations to…

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Policy News
Appeals Court Rules Against Trump’s Revised Travel Ban
May, 25 2017 | Britni Sehgal

On Thursday, May 25, 2017, a federal appeals court rejected President Trump’s request to reinstate his revised executive order on immigration, or travel ban,…

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Talent Acquisition
Think Globally Starting With Immigration – a DisruptHR talk by Jamie Gilpin
May, 25 2017 | Jancy Liu

Jamie Gilpin of Envoy talks about how staying competitive means companies need to truly consider immigration as part of their hiring strategy. She offers…

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Compliance
USCIS Site Visits for H-1B and L-1 Visa Employers
May, 24 2017 | Britni Sehgal

In early April, USCIS announced its intention to take a “more targeted approach” towards employers of the popular H-1B holders in its petition verification…

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Global Mobility
What Does Global Mobility Have to do With Retention?
May, 26 2017 | Britni Sehgal

CEOs around the world – at least two-thirds of them, according to PwC’s recent mobility report – believe that talent is likely to be…

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Employment-Based Immigration
Employment-Based Immigration: A Complete Overview
May, 22 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Employment-based immigration continues to garner attention in the news. Employment-based visas are everywhere – from proposed policy changes to rumors of EB-5 visas being…

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Managing Your Expat Workforce
Building the Ideal Employee Lifecycle for Your Expat Employees
May, 19 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Building the ideal employee lifecycle for your expat employees can seem like a daunting task, especially when there are so many little things to…

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Visa Bulletin
June 2017 Visa Bulletin
May, 17 2017 | Britni Sehgal

The June 2017 Visa Bulletin has been released, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced it will only accept employment-based adjustment-of-status applications based…

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Policy News
EB-5 Visa: What Is It and How Might It Change?
May, 17 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Immigration seems to be a featured story in almost every news cycle. Recently, the EB-5 visa has been making headlines, especially in relation to…

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Global Mobility
Global Mobility Experts Discuss Expatriate Management
May, 15 2017 | Gretchen Keefner

If there is one thing that the global mobility experts and attendees of the Forum for Expatriate Management conference agreed on, it is that…

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Compliance
Corporate Immigration and the Changes Impacting Employers
May, 10 2017 | Britni Sehgal

As organizations continue to function in a globalized manner, immigration – and more specifically, corporate immigration – changes will drastically impact how business is…

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Global Immigration
Australia Cracks Down on Skilled Labor Immigration
May, 9 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Just as in the U.S., Australia is readying itself for big changes to its skilled labor immigration.  While President Trump’s immigration reform, dubbed “Buy…

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Policy News
USCIS Completes Data Entry of H-1B Cap Petitions
May, 4 2017 | Britni Sehgal

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on May 3, 2017, that it has completed data entry for H-1B cap petitions that were chosen in the…

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Compliance
How Technology Can Help Your Organization With Compliance
May, 5 2017 | Britni Sehgal

The process of employment-based immigration is complicated and ever changing. Each country has differing rules, regulations and processes for employers and employees to follow…

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Compliance
Is Your Organization at Risk for an Audit From the USCIS?
May, 3 2017 | Britni Sehgal

It should come as no surprise that organizations sometimes struggle with staying on top of immigration policies. In fact, we recently surveyed human resources…

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Policy News
Day 100: A Review of Immigration Policies Under Trump Presidency
Apr, 30 2017 | Jamie Gilpin

In his first 100 days, President Trump has had immigration reform squarely in his sights.  While his first attempt at moderating immigrants – in…

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Scam Alert
Department of Homeland Security Warns of Potential Telephone Scam
May, 1 2017 | Britni Sehgal

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Officer of Inspector General (OIG) issued a fraud alert to warn citizens of reports that the…

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Hiring Global Talent
Successfully Navigating the L-1 Visa
Apr, 24 2017 | Britni Sehgal

The L-1 visa is one of the best resources a global company can access in the United States. It has the potential to be…

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Hiring Global Talent
Is the L-1 Visa Right for Your Business? It Might Be.
Apr, 21 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Of all the visa types in existence today, the L-1 is increasing in popularity and continues to make headlines. Why? The L-1 visa is…

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Policy News
Trump Signs H-1B Executive Order, Calls for Review of the Visa Program
Apr, 18 2017 | Britni Sehgal

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order called “Buy American, Hire American”, which ordered certain government agencies to review the laws…

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Policy News
USCIS Announces Total Petitions Received for FY 2018 H-1B Cap Season
Apr, 17 2017 | Jamie Gilpin

USCIS Announces 199,000 Petitions filed for FY 2018 H-1B Cap season. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that they reached the cap as…

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Compliance
Immigration Compliance Challenges: Survey Results
Apr, 19 2017 | Britni Sehgal

The latest numbers are in: employers are facing more immigration compliance challenges. That’s no surprise, considering there are more than 190 countries to worry…

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Product & Tech
Envoy’s Tech Beat April: The Latest Feature Updates from Our Team
Apr, 17 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Envoy is dedicated to bringing you the best support for your immigration needs. Aside from our strong customer service and proven track record of…

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Envoy News
Capitalize on Illinois 2017 Event Recap
Apr, 14 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Last week, over 200 C-Level IT executives gathered together to celebrate the importance of mentoring and the positive effects IT leaders have in developing…

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Visa Bulletin
May 2017 Visa Bulletin
Apr, 13 2017 | Britni Sehgal

The U.S. Department of State released its May 2017 Visa Bulletin, showing modest advancement for China EB-2 and EB-3 categories. HERE’S A BREAKDOWN OF THE APRIL VISA BULLETIN…

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Policy News
USCIS Announces Measures to Detect H-1B Visa Fraud and Abuse
Apr, 12 2017 | Britni Sehgal

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced multiple measures to further deter and detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse. According to USCIS, protecting American…

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Mobilizing Employees
Are Employers Investing More in Global Talent?
Apr, 10 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Nearly 60 percent of businesses project immigration-related demand going up in the coming years. And they’re putting money on it. That’s what we learned…

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Policy News
H-1B Cap Reached for FY 2018
Apr, 7 2017 | Jamie Gilpin

USCIS just announced that they have reached the mandated 65,000 visa H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018. Here is the release: WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship…

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The STEM Talent Shortage: Big data
Jun, 6 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

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

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HR Tech Series: 3 game-changing performance management tools
Apr, 8 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Is your performance management and goal review process outdated? If the feedback collection system involves a spreadsheet form, bi-yearly reviews and manager assessments, then…

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Why understanding expat employees will make you a better recruiter
Jul, 25 2016 | Laurie Ruettimann

Imagine being alone in a new city. Maybe your parents are on the opposite side of the world. Maybe your wife and children are…

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Visa-free travel from Mexico to Canada begins Dec. 1
Jan, 29 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Good news for Mexican travelers: Beginning Dec. 1, Canada will no longer require Mexican visitors to obtain a visa before traveling to the country. Canadian…

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USCIS Final Rule Adds Greater Work Authorization Flexibility for Visa Holders and Green Card Applicants
Nov, 22 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

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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USCIS drafts policy clarifying requirements for work visa transfers
Dec, 10 2015 | Envoy Contributor

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a draft policy memo to help clarify wording in the requirements for H-1B Person in Specialty Occupation…

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USCIS considers raising H-1B, green card filing fees
May, 11 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Every two years, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reviews its Immigration Examinations Fee Account (IEFA). In fiscal year 2015, IEFA funded 94 percent…

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The year in review: Top 10 immigration technology upgrades
Dec, 23 2015 | Envoy Contributor

Every day our team strives to ensure the user experience is the best not only in immigration but on par with the best platforms…

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The Urban Myths of Immigration: It’s Expensive
Sep, 16 2016 | Tim Sackett

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

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The STEM Talent Shortage: Health care
May, 17 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

In our STEM Talent Shortage series, we examine four industries impacted by a lack of available workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

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Envoy Engineering Manager Chris Brown Shares Why He Loves the Intuitive Nature of the New Case Workflows
Sep, 12 2016 | Jamie Gilpin

It’s exciting times at Envoy. For nearly 20 years, we’ve used technological innovation to remove the complication and stress from the immigration process for employers and…

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Envoy Senior Product Designer Stephanie Finken Shares What’s New About the Communication Center
Sep, 1 2016 | Jamie Gilpin

It’s exciting times at Envoy. For nearly 20 years, we’ve used technological innovation to remove the complication and stress from the immigration process for employers and…

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Envoy Engineering Manager Deji Jimoh Shares Why He Loves the Personalization of the Visa Organizer
Sep, 8 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

It’s exciting times at Envoy. For nearly 20 years, we’ve used technological innovation to remove the complication and stress from the immigration process for employers and…

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The Next Generation of Online Immigration Management is Here
Oct, 4 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

We’re proud to announce the next generation of online immigration management. Welcome to the only all-in-one global workforce management solution, also known as Envoy 3.0.

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Pete Radloff’s top 2 tips for recruiting international students
Jun, 10 2016 | Laurie Ruettimann

Finding the right talent for hard-to-fill roles, especially in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) positions, is challenging. That’s why we created the ultimate go-to…

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New USCIS Proposal Offers Immigrant Entrepreneurs 5 Years of Work Authorization
Sep, 1 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

In late August, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unveiled proposed legislation granting immigrant entrepreneurs up to five years of work authorization in the…

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Envoy Immigration Trends 2016 survey: Mapping trends in employment-based immigration
Feb, 2 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

We’re thrilled to announce the results of the Envoy Immigration Trends 2016 survey. After interviewing more than 400 HR professionals, we found that although…

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How to Determine the Right Candidates for Green Card Sponsorship
Oct, 4 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Green card sponsorship is a great retention tool, as it encourages employees to stay with your company for the long haul. In fact, according…

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H-1B Workers and Employment at Client Sites
Apr, 6 2017 | Jamie Gilpin

Do you place any of your H-1B employees at client sites or have them telecommute from home? If so, please be sure to read…

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DHS Eases Regulations for H-1B, E-3, CW-1, EB-1 Visa Holders
Jan, 22 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published Enhancing Opportunities for H-1B1, CW-1, and E-3 Nonimmigrants and EB-1 Immigrants in the Federal Register, a final…

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Cvent Ramps Up Green Card Program With Global Workforce Management Solution
Sep, 29 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

“As a technology company, immigration is a means to getting top talent,” says Amy Gulati, former manager of HR operations at Cvent. “We’ve had…

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DHS proposes rule to encourage immigrant worker retention
Mar, 4 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

The green card application process spans multiple years for many employment-based petitioners. As a result, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed a new…

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Canada’s Startup Visa Pilot program: A Road to Permanent Residence for the Innovative Minds
Jun, 21 2013 | Envoy Contributor

by Marina Falkina, Envoy Canadian Immigration Specialist As part of the Economic Action Plan 2012, Canada has expressed its commitment to supporting entrepreneurs and world class…

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Attorney Q&A Series: PERM Labor Certification
May, 6 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

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

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5 HR software tools that provide customer support as good as the tech itself
Jul, 15 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Nowadays, most human resources professionals use automation technology to accomplish their daily to-dos quickly and easily. But some HR departments worry that adopting new…

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Hiring Global Talent
Global Talent Acquisition a Necessity, Not an Option
Apr, 7 2017 | Britni Sehgal

In the second annual Immigration Trends Report, we uncovered some critically important findings that impact global employers when it comes to hiring and managing…

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Policy News
Policy Alert: USCIS Releases Guidance Memo for H-1B about “Computer Programmers”
Apr, 3 2017 | Jamie Gilpin

In a policy memorandum released on March 31, 2017, USCIS rescinded the memorandum issued in 2000 titled “Guidance memo on H1B computer related positions.”…

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Product Launch
Envoy Launches New Global Immigration Case Management Platform
Apr, 5 2017 | Jamie Gilpin

Today, Envoy launched the first-of-its-kind Global Immigration Case Management Platform to streamline the complex global work-authorization process. This new platform expands Envoy’s outbound immigration…

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Policy News
USCIS Launches Regional Center Compliance for EB-5 Program
Mar, 30 2017 | Britni Sehgal

On March 21, 2017, the USCIS launched its EB-5 Regional Center Compliance Audit Program (Audit Program). Under this program, USCIS will collect case-specific data…

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Mobilizing Employees
Tech and Automation in the Global Space: How combining your immigration needs with technology can set you up for success
Mar, 28 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Globalization has forever changed the way companies do business – that part we know. Now, more than ever, organizations are concentrating on global mobility,…

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Mobilizing Employees
Global Business Travel Compliance: Are You Protected?
Mar, 20 2017 | Sarah Maxwell

Business travel compliance in the immigration space is a tangled web of investigative bodies and administrative departments – with acronyms like ICE, USCIS, the…

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Product & Tech
Envoy’s Tech Beat March: The Latest Feature Updates from Our Team
Mar, 23 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Envoy is dedicated to bringing you the best support for your immigration needs. Aside from our strong customer service and proven track record of…

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Policy News
Federal Judges Block President Trump’s Revised Travel Ban
Mar, 15 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Federal judges in Hawaii and in Maryland issued a nationwide order Wednesday evening blocking President Trump’s revised travel ban. This ruling means that travelers from…

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March 2017 Visa Bulletin
Feb, 14 2017 | Britni Sehgal

The U.S. Department of State released its March 2017 Visa Bulletin, showing that priority cutoff dates for China EB-2, India EB-2 and most EB-3 categories…

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DOL News Alert: DOL FAQ Temporarily Withdrawn
Mar, 9 2017 | Jamie Gilpin

UPDATE – Friday, March 10, 2017: In light of stakeholder input, which the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) is considering, OFLC has temporarily removed…

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Policy News
President Trump Signs New Executive Order on Travel Ban
Mar, 6 2017 | Jamie Gilpin

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new executive order banning travel from six nations, replacing the EO previously signed on January 27th.…

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Policy News
H-1B News Alert: USCIS Suspends Premium Processing
Mar, 3 2017 | Jamie Gilpin

As of April 3, 2017, the USCIS will not be accepting premium processing for any H-1B petitions for approximately 6 months.  The USCIS has…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
6 Questions to Ask Before You Find An Immigration Service Provider
Mar, 9 2017 | Britni Sehgal

The immigration process can seem overwhelming, confusing and time consuming. If your company has never sponsored employees before, the idea of doing so can…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
Examining Key Trends in Immigration, Global Mobility
Mar, 2 2017 | Britni Sehgal

In a wide-ranging interview with Tim O’Shea, VP of Worldwide Consulting Services for Graebel Relocation Services Worldwide, Inc., we had the opportunity to get…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
Is Your Immigration Data Secure? It may not be.
Mar, 6 2017 | Mahi Inampudi

Barely a day passes without news of an email leak (remember former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email issues? Of course you do.),…

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Proactive Global Talent Sourcing: 3 Lessons for Employers
Feb, 28 2017 | Ben Eubanks

In the 2017 Envoy Immigration Trends Survey, nearly 70% of employers indicated that they were not proactively seeking out foreign workers to accomplish business…

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An Inside Look at the Dire Need for Technical Talent
Feb, 22 2017 | Britni Sehgal

As the talent shortage continues to grow, companies need to focus more on growing a global workforce. Fletcher Wimbush, Chief Hiring Guru at The…

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Day Without Immigrants – The Movement Trending Across the Nation
Feb, 16 2017 | Jamie Gilpin

Trending on Twitter today is the hashtag #DayWithoutImmigrants. This movement asked foreign-born people nationwide, regardless of legal status, not to go to work or…

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Immigration Trends
Employers Hire Foreign Nationals in Political Uncertainty
Feb, 14 2017 | Jamie Gilpin

Envoy survey reveals anticipated changes to U.S. immigration and trade policies aren’t curbing employers’ plans to hire foreign nationals and mobilize global workforces CHICAGO,…

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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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Policy News
Envoy Joins Support Team to #LetNazIn
Feb, 13 2017 | Jamie Gilpin

When 29-year-old Nazanin Zinouri, nicknamed “Naz,” left her South Carolina home to visit her mother and sister in Tehran, she had no idea that…

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Federal Appeals Court Maintains Suspension of Travel Ban
Feb, 9 2017 | Jamie Gilpin

A federal appeals court ruled unanimously against the travel ban maintaining the halt on President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration. The ruling, issued by…

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Trump’s Executive Order Temporarily Halted: Attorney General Obtains Restraining Order
Feb, 3 2017 | Jamie Gilpin

Update, Tuesday, Feb. 7: Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told a congressional panel that no other countries would be added to the travel ban. Read…

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Justice Department Attorney Says 100,000 Visas Revoked Due to Travel Ban
Feb, 3 2017 | Britni Sehgal

According to The Washington Post, an attorney for the government revealed in federal court on Friday, that 100,000 visas have been revoked as a result…

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Trump’s Executive Order:  Advice from Immigration Attorneys
Jan, 31 2017 | Jamie Gilpin

With the recent Executive Order from President Trump suspending the admission of certain people from entering the U.S. for a period of 90-days, we…

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Impact from Trump’s Executive Order Signed Friday
Jan, 28 2017 | Jamie Gilpin

Temporary ban from Seven Nations President Trump signed an executive order on Friday, January 27th, 2017, that suspends the admission into the U.S. of…

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Immigration Under President Trump: What We Know So Far
Jan, 27 2017 | Jamie Gilpin

Here is a review of where things stand and what could happen both short and long term. A Little Background There is no denying…

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Hiring Global Talent
Mapping Year-Over-Year Trends in Global Immigration
Feb, 16 2017 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

More than 440 employers across the United States have spoken in our second annual Envoy Immigration Trends 2017 survey, and the response is clear…

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Hiring Global Talent
Envoy Immigration Trends 2017 Survey: How do You Compare?
Feb, 14 2017 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

As companies increasingly pursue global market opportunities, they continue to face the rise of skilled labor shortages and globally minded employees. A company’s ability…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
H-1B Horror Story: An Attorney Neglects His Paperwork
Feb, 13 2017 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Jo Ann, a HR manager who is responsible for immigration at a technology company, recalls the ordeal of an employee of one year who was…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
H-1B Horror Story: Vague or Misaligned Job Description
Feb, 6 2017 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

First-time H-1B sponsors often have the same problem. They don’t know what constitutes a specialty occupation. And it’s understandable. USCIS hasn’t clearly defined the…

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H-1B Horror Story: The Prevailing Wage is Too High
Jan, 30 2017 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Exploring immigration-related forums is a great way to gauge how people nationwide are navigating the immigration process, successfully or not. Recently when reading a…

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Hiring Global Talent
Need to Hire Talent? 25 International Recruiters Who Can Help
Feb, 20 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Odds are, the best talent probably isn’t in your backyard. Even if your company is based in a major city or an industry cluster,…

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Managing Your Expat Workforce
Employer Reminder: Use New I-9 Form Starting Jan. 22
Feb, 2 2017 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Last year, USCIS released a new I-9 Form. Employers must begin using the form on Jan. 22 to verify the identity and work eligibility…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
H-1B Work Location Change
Mar, 23 2016 | 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
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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What you need to know before recruiting in India
Aug, 2 2016 | Jamie Gilpin

It’s no secret that finding top talent is tough. A recent study from LinkedIn, India Recruiting Trends 2016, showed an increase in the gap…

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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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Visa Bulletin
April 2017 Visa Bulletin
Mar, 14 2017 | Britni Sehgal

The U.S. Department of State released its April 2017 Visa Bulletin, showing substantial advancement for China and Philippines EB-3 and modest advancements in other categories. HERE’S…

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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
February 2017 Visa Bulletin
Jan, 25 2017 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

The U.S. Department of State released its February 2017 Visa Bulletin. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released a bulletin stating foreign nationals must use the…

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Hiring Global Talent
Urban Myths of Immigration: A Trump Presidency Means the End of H-1B Hiring
Jan, 17 2017 | Envoy Contributor

By Tim Sackett Everyone is taking their side on President-elect Trump. Regardless of the side you take, if you’re in talent acquisition and you’re…

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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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Immigration & Mobility 101
H-1B Visa Success Story: How FiftyThree Fixed its Broken Immigration Process With Envoy
Jan, 12 2017 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

H-1B recruitment is no walk in the park. Growing tech company FiftyThree learned this from experience. Designers, engineers and makers comprise the core the…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
LCA 101: 3-Step Action Plan
Jan, 26 2017 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

The Labor Condition Application is a crucial part of the H-1B process. Without a certified LCA, your employee won’t qualify for work authorization, even if…

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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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

  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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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 | Jamie Gilpin

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: Minor Priority Date Movement
Dec, 20 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

The U.S. Department of State released its 2017 January 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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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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Immigration & Mobility 101
H-1B Visa: A History of the Specialty Occupation Visa Category
Nov, 30 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

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

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H-1B Cap Season: How Prioritizing H-1B Gave Asurion an 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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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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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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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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Hiring Global Talent
Making the Case for Change
Jan, 18 2016 | Envoy Contributor

By Jennifer McClure As a speaker and consultant in the human resources and talent acquisition spaces, I have a mantra that I frequently preach…

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News & Insights
Testtest Insight News Post Page CSS
May, 2 2016 | Jancy Liu

TEST INSIGHT/NEWS POST PAGE CSS The skills gap. It impacts companies big and small, stymieing recruitment, stretching resources thin, impeding growth and eating away…

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