Consular In-Person Interview Waivers Now in Effect

Recently, the U.S. Department of State authorized the waiver of consular interviews for certain H-1B, H-4, L-1, H-3, O, P, and Q visa holders. This decision was in response to the long wait times for visa interviews at U.S. consulates across the globe. This new policy went into effect until January 1st, 2022 and is… Continue reading Consular In-Person Interview Waivers Now in Effect

EAD Expedite for Healthcare Workers

This week, the USCIS Public Engagement office announced that it will immediately begin to expedite the issuance of EAD’s for healthcare workers if: You have a pending Employment Authorization Document (EAD) renewal application ; and  Your EAD is expiring within 30 days or less, or has already expired:  Please call the USCIS Contact Center at 800-375-5283  to request expedited processing of your EAD renewal application. If your EAD renewal is pending… Continue reading EAD Expedite for Healthcare Workers

H-1B Registration Selection Rule based on Wages Dead

The rule will be published December 22, 2021 and once published Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will officially withdraw the “Modification of Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking to File Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions,” final rule issued on January 8, 2021. This means next year’s H-1B CAP selection process will be the normal random lottery and NOT… Continue reading H-1B Registration Selection Rule based on Wages Dead

IT Staffing Companies Beware

In an industry where sub-contracting is common, IT staffing companies must be cautious in dealing with a sub-vendor that employs H-1b workers. There are a number of documented cases where those H-1b workers are not in status, not being paid properly, and in essence being held hostage by an unscrupulous vendor. In one recent case,… Continue reading IT Staffing Companies Beware

Settlement Highlights Importance of HR Training

In a real-world example of how a misunderstanding of how to conduct employment eligibility verification, the Department of Justice recently published a settlement agreement that demonstrates how a nuanced requirement for human resource professionals can be quite costly to the organization at large. Recently, the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) of the Civil Rights… Continue reading Settlement Highlights Importance of HR Training

USCIS Conducts THIRD Lottery Selection for FY 2022 H-1B CAP

On Nov. 19, USCIS has confirmed that they have completed a third round of lottery sections for the FY 2022 H1B cap. Individuals with selected registrations will have their myUSCIS accounts updated to include a selection notice, which includes details about when and where to file. The filing window for these selections will be Nov. 22, 2021, and close on Feb. 23, 2022.  We will be… Continue reading USCIS Conducts THIRD Lottery Selection for FY 2022 H-1B CAP