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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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H-1B fee hike, Visa Waiver Program reform passed in omnibus bill

The omnibus appropriations bill that was signed into law on Friday altered multiple immigration programs. The spending measure provides discretionary funding for the government until Sept. 30, 2016. Here’s some background on some of the major immigration programs that were changed: Fee hikes In September, Congress failed to renew Public Law 111-230, which imparted an

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USCIS Stats Reveal L-1B Denial Rates Remain High

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 outside the U.S. that is related to a U.S. company, so that those individuals can work for the related company in the United States. At first glance this category may seem

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