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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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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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Public Access Files to LCAs: Your Top Compliance Questions Answered

How long do I need do keep public access files? What do I do with an LCA? Do these questions sound familiar? They probably do if you’re an HR practitioner dealing with your organization’s immigration. With immigration law enforcement ramping up for employers of H-1B visa holders, it’s important to have everything lined up and

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H-4 Visa: Requirements and Proposed Policy Changes

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 visa has been in the news a lot recently, another visa directly related to the H-1B is also facing some changes that could affect your workforce: the H-4 visa. What is

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USCIS Announces Total Petitions Received for FY 2018 H-1B Cap Season

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 of April 7, 2017. And on April 17, 2017, they announced that they received a total of 199,000 H-1B petitions for the FY 2018. On April 11 they completed the lottery to

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Policy Alert: USCIS Releases Guidance Memo for H-1B about “Computer Programmers”

In a policy memorandum released on March 31, 2017, USCIS rescinded the memorandum issued in 2000 titled “Guidance memo on H1B computer related positions.” This will impact applications received in this year’s cap that opened today, April 3, 2017 for the 2018 Fiscal Year. The guidance suggests more scrutiny will be placed on computer programming

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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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USCIS Adds 16 Countries to H-2A/H-2B Participation List

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, including Andorra, Belgium, Brunei, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, Singapore, Taiwan and Timor-Leste, will be eligible to apply for temporary work visa sponsorship. Additionally, nationals

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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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