Priority Dates in the EB-2 Category Expected to Retrogress in the May or June Visa Bulletin

On March 16, 2012, Charlie Oppenheim, Chief, Visa Control and Reporting at the Department of State, spoke at the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Midwest Regional Conference in Chicago, IL. At this event, he noted that he will likely retrogress the dates for individuals in the EB-2 category who are from India and China to August… Continue reading Priority Dates in the EB-2 Category Expected to Retrogress in the May or June Visa Bulletin

BALCA Issues Decision on Job Titles in Advertisements for Labor Certification Cases

On February 27, 2012, the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (“BALCA”) determined that the job titles used in print advertisements for labor certification cases do not have to match the ones provided in the actual application if the occupational classification includes a broad range of job titles.  In Matter of Target Point Media, LLC,… Continue reading BALCA Issues Decision on Job Titles in Advertisements for Labor Certification Cases

New Report Compares H-1b workers to U.S. born employees

A recent report issued by the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany compared H-1b employees to native workers in regards to age, salary, and education level.  This study, called H-1bs: How do they stack up to US Born Workers, noted that the H-1b visa system is often criticized for harming opportunities for… Continue reading New Report Compares H-1b workers to U.S. born employees

Third Circuit Issues Decision on At-Will Employment in the H-1b Context

On January 23, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision in Edwards v. Geisinger Clinic.   In this case, Dr. Philip Edwards, a licensed physician from the United Kingdom, argued that the at-will employment clause in his employment agreement with Geisinger Clinic was not valid.  Instead, he stated… Continue reading Third Circuit Issues Decision on At-Will Employment in the H-1b Context

Administrative Review Board issues decision in In Matter of University of Miami

On December 20, 2011, the Administrative Review Board (“ARB”) of the Department of Labor decided In Matter of University of Miami . In this case, the University of Miami submitted a petition for a H-1b worker who would perform as a clinical anesthesiologist. When the doctor arrived in the United States, the University of Miami… Continue reading Administrative Review Board issues decision in In Matter of University of Miami

Why was the H-1b cap reached so early this year ?

Many people are wondering what caused the H-1b cap to be reached so much more quickly this year. Information that the cap would be met in November, two and a half months earlier than past years, caused many employers to scramble to submit petitions. At the Hammond Law Group, we believe that there are several… Continue reading Why was the H-1b cap reached so early this year ?