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Immigration Matters Because People Matter

For Jennifer Hartmann, VP of People & Culture for San Francisco-based fintech company MyVest, immigration matters because people matter. In her day-to-day role, Jenn drives key initiatives for MyVest’s infrastructure, company culture and employee engagement. We recently sat down with her to chat about the importance of immigration as part of our #ImmigrationMatters campaign. “As

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12 Days of Compliance: Status Changes

When it comes to employee status changes, there are a few immigration-related topics you could be referring to. First, this could be a small change in your existing employee’s position, responsibility or work location. Or, you could be talking about a more dramatic change from one visa classification to another or an extension of stay.

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International Students in the U.S.: What the Numbers Tell Us

The numbers are in. There are more international students in U.S. graduate programs than American students, according to a recent report by the New York Times. An example used in the report showed that 80 percent of undergrads at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and 80 percent of graduate students there are from other countries.

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Webinar Recap: Your Guide to Hiring Foreign Nationals

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

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Impact from Trump’s Executive Order Signed Friday

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 people from certain countries for 90 days. This three-month ban applies to citizens of the following countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. It is important to note that

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Immigration Under President Trump: What We Know So Far

Here is a review of where things stand and what could happen both short and long term. A Little Background There is no denying that immigrants have been an integral part of the technology sector transformation over the past decade, having started more than one-half of the current U.S. start-ups valued at $1 billion or

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District Court Invalidates F-1 OPT STEM Extension, DHS Plans Next Steps

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, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students was invalid, citing that the program failed to follow the proper enactment procedures. The F-1 OPT program allowed F-1 students who have majored in STEM

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I Want to Work in the U.S., But Where Can I Find Visa Jobs?

Sometimes, foreign nationals ask Envoy how we can help them find jobs. While we enable organizations and individuals to more efficiently navigate the immigration process, our focus is on technology and legal services, not job placement. However, we can provide you with a few ideas of where to start your search. Immigrant-specific sites These sites

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7 Ways to Spot Online Immigration Fraud

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 seeking legal assistance because of their lack of familiarity with U.S. customs, language, and laws. And despite U.S. immigrants’ best efforts to complete the visa process properly, thousands fall victim to

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A Brief History of USCIS

Did you know that USCIS officially took over immigration service duties of the federal government only on March 1, 2003? On that date, USCIS was formed to “enhance the security and improve the efficiency of national immigration services by exclusively focusing on the administration of benefit applications.” (http://www.uscis.gov/about-us/our-history)  In addition to USCIS, you have probably

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