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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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STEM OPT students eligible for 2 years of additional work authorization

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, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, for 24 additional months. This program helps recruiters and HR managers overcome skills gap setbacks by hiring burgeoning talent from U.S. universities and colleges. Learn more about the new

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EAD Cards: Hiring Workers With Employment Authorization Documents

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 or not they provide sufficient work authorization for employees. The short answer to that question is that EAD cardholders do not require employer sponsorship to work, as they are independently eligible for

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