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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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Understanding U.S. Work Visas: What’s the Difference?

Remembering U.S. work visas can often feel like alphabet soup – especially if you’re new to immigration program management. Each U.S. work visa available to foreign nationals comes with different eligibility requirements, offers varying lengths of work authorization and may or may not include the option for spouses and children to apply for dependent visas.

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What Are the Most Common U.S. Work Visa Types?

For employers seeking skilled labor from the global marketplace, the U.S. immigration system offers various work visa types to fit different needs. For employers and workers alike, it’s crucial to have a clear understanding of the immigration process and the nuances involved in hiring foreign nationals. Here are some of the most common work visas

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Department of Labor to Fight Visa Fraud with Legal Action

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 committing visa fraud and protect American workers. “Entities who engage in visa program fraud and abuse,” said Acosta, “are breaking our laws and are harming American workers, negatively affecting American’s ability

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USCIS Site Visits for H-1B and L-1 Visa Employers

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 site visits. And, on the same day, the U.S. Justice Department made it very clear that companies should take care to avoid discriminating against American workers in the hiring process, an

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Successfully Navigating the L-1 Visa

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 a gateway to a growing workforce. It can allow you to expand the reach of your specialized employees. It’s truly powerful. But, it can be a bit complicated. To parse through

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Is the L-1 Visa Right for Your Business? It Might Be.

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 a globalizing tool for employers looking to move personnel to the United States. If used in the right way – with strict adherence to compliance – it can help grow your

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Examining Key Trends in Immigration, Global Mobility

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 his thoughts on the results from our 2017 Immigration Trends Report survey of over 400 HR professionals. The survey was conducted by Harris Poll, late last year. Interestingly, the survey shows

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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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RFE Rates for L-1 Visas Continue to Rise

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. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s (USCIS) 2016 Ombudsman Report now reveals that the L-1A work visa, for executives and managers, reached a 55 percent RFE rate in fiscal year 2015, which is

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