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Immigration Alert: Frequently Asked Questions on the H-1B Cap

April 2, 2015 Leave a comment

The 2016 H-1B Cap season is opened as of April 1st.  The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (“CIS”) issued a press release that it anticipates the H-1B Cap will be reached after the first five business days of April. MBBP has assembled a list of FAQs to help employers, and their employees, understand the implications if the H-1B Cap is reached quickly.

To learn about the frequently asked questions regarding the H-1B Cap, please read our full alert from MBBP’s Immigration Department. Please contact a member of the Immigration team, or your MBBP attorney, with any questions.

 

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Immigration Alert: Frequently Asked Questions About H-4 EADs

February 26, 2015 Leave a comment

On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published a final rule allowing H-4 spouses of certain H-1B workers to apply for employment authorization documents (“EADs”). This recent development stems from President Obama’s executive order that he signed on November 21, 2014 to modernize and streamline the U.S. immigrant visa system for the 21st century. In light of this new development, we have assembled the following FAQ to help employers, and their employees, understand the implications of this new regulation.

To learn about the frequently asked questions regarding H-4 EADs, please read our full alert from MBBP’s Immigration Department. Please contact a member of the Immigration team, or your MBBP attorney, with any questions.

Immigration Alert: H-1B season has arrived; Act today

February 9, 2015 Leave a comment

The H-1B visa is the standard working visa used by foreign nationals to work in the United States with a U.S. employer. The 2016 H-1B cap will open on April 1st. Given improving economic conditions and increased hiring, we anticipate that demand for the limited number of H-1B visas will vastly exceed supply. As a matter of fact, it’s projected that this year’s cap will reach its limit in the first week. As a result we are advising all employers who expect to sponsor an employee for a new H-1B visa to file within the first five (5) days of April (i.e. so the petition is received no later than April 7, 2015).

For information on H-1B visas and when to consider filing a petition read the full alert from MBBP’s Immigration Department. Please contact a member of the Immigration team, or your MBBP attorney, with questions.