Can Employers Withhold Pay for Lack of Time sheets?

2022-01-25T16:26:22+00:00Jan 25, 2022|

Can Employers Withhold Pay for Lack of Timesheets? Employers contact me with this question all the time especially when the employee is off site at a client location. For instance, we had one employer call in frustratedly and complain that the employee had repeatedly ignored requests by HR to turn in timesheets in a timely [...]

Time to Lift the Ban – Scapegoating Professional Visas Hurts the Economy and Stifles Innovation

2021-03-03T16:37:05+00:00Mar 3, 2021|

Be it a Republican administration, or one led by Democrats, a common theme appears to be the raw deal handed to non immigrant professionals. While the Biden administration halted midnight regulations including scrapping a wage-based lottery for the H-1B CAP, it has refrained from revoking the ban on the entry of professionals. This ban, imposed [...]

7 Things to Know About the H-1B CAP

2021-02-25T15:32:03+00:00Feb 25, 2021|

The registration process for the H-1B FY2022 lottery begins shortly and we have some tips and general guidelines for those looking to file this year. Our office is happy to assist you with these filings at no charge (except the $10 registration fee charged by USCIS).   Registration Period is from March 09th to March [...]

The IOWA Caucus Fiasco May Have Lessons For H-1B CAP Registration

2020-02-07T17:55:56+00:00Feb 7, 2020|

In order to be proactive and ensure H-1B CAP petitions are filed on time and with the least amount of disruption, it may be prudent and certainly proactive to commence processing of H-1B petitions as in previous years. I believe it is better to be prepared than find oneself in a situation like the Democrats did in Iowa on Monday night

What to Know and How to Prepare for STEM-OPT Employer Site Visits

2019-09-24T19:19:18+00:00Sep 24, 2019|

In a new development, DHS/Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) has commenced site visits to employer locations that train STEM OPT students. This program began about 12 days ago, and clients have started reporting site visits to verify STEM OPT related information. Advance Notice to Employers: According to the Study in the States website maintained by DHS, [...]

HandiCAPping Anyone? Making Sense of the H-1B Random Selection Process

2019-05-22T15:09:43+00:00May 22, 2019|

On May 17th, the USCIS announced it had completed data entry for all fiscal year 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the computer-generated random selection process, including those selected under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. Now, the Service will begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. This process usually takes approximately 8-14 [...]

H-1B CAP & USCIS’ New Registration Process – What You Need to Know!

2019-01-08T17:52:57+00:00Jan 8, 2019|

Introduction: On December 3, 2018, USCIS-DHS, published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to change the H-1B filing and random selection (read lottery) process. The new process will require employer’s to electronically register to file each prospective petition for their H-1B employees during the designated “registration period”. Prospective employees with a U.S. masters or higher [...]

ATLAS SHRUGGED! The unbearable evidentiary burden on H-1B Petitioners

2018-12-21T21:34:51+00:00Dec 21, 2018|

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has resorted to steadily increasing its demands for evidence and documentation in H-1B proceedings. Oftentimes, the USCIS remains unconvinced, even when Petitioners provide overwhelming documentation and evidence with the initial petition. Requests for Evidence (RFEs) are ten to fourteen pages long and recite a long litany [...]

DHS Proposes Merit-Based Rule for More Effective and Efficient H-1B Visa Program

2018-12-03T15:01:08+00:00Dec 3, 2018|

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions to first electronically register with USCIS during a designated registration period. Under the proposed rule, USCIS would also reverse the order by which USCIS selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B cap and the [...]

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