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Ongoing Changes to STEM OPT

You may have heard in the news about challenges to the STEM OPT program. OPT is Optional Practical Training. It is a way for F-1 students to work in the US to

It’s like a USCIS Flash Sale on H-1Bs and L-1s

On September 30, 2015, Public Law 111-230 sunset. Since 2010, this law has required additional filing fees of $2,000 for certain H-1B petitions and $2,250 for certain L-1A and L-1B petitions. H-1B

When H1-B Employers Must File H-1B Worksite Amendments

If your H1-B employee changes worksites, must you, the employer, file an amended H-1B petition with USCIS? Yesterday USCIS released a new policy memorandum answering this question. By interpreting the April 9, 2015

How Can an H4 Spouse Get an EAD Work Permit?

If you are an H4 spouse of an H-1B skilled worker currently residing in the US, you might now be eligible for a work permit (Employment Authorization Document, or EAD).  This is

H-1B Filing Checklist

Thinking about filing a petition for a cap-subject H-1B in the visa lottery?  Here are some things you might need to include, depending on the specifics of the company and the prospective

H1B Visa Lottery for Software Engineers and Other Skilled Workers

I was recently presented with the following question: I am a software engineer employed by a company on STEM OPT. My employer wanted to sponsor me for an H-1B but the petition

When should I File an Amended H1-B Petition?

If you are an employer and you have employees on H1-B status, you may have wondered when you need to file an amended H1-B Petition.  This is especially important for employers with