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Jackson Lewis Delivers Immigration Insights to Forbes Readers

Forbes.com recently explored the pitfalls faced by foreign business visitors attempting to enter the United States on short-term trips. Jackson Lewis' Global Immigration practice group Partners Davis Bae and Sean Hanagan were quoted extensively.
April 7, 2010

A Win for “Extraordinary Ability” Immigrant Visa Applicants

The Extraordinary Ability (EB1) immigrant visa category, as the name suggests, is set aside for immigrants who possess extraordinary ability in their fields. Unlike the case of other visa categories, individuals in this category may submit petitions for themselves. It also avoids the backlogs in other visa categories and is commonly used by artists, entertainers and researchers.
March 24, 2010

Bipartisan Bill Supports Job Creation Through Investment in Innovation

  Start-up companies have always been a driving force in the U.S. economy. They are even more important in a down economy, as innovation drives job creation. While there are visa categories for entrepreneurs who invest their own capital, there is a gap in U.S. visa policy when it comes to entrepreneurs with great ideas … Continue reading Bipartisan Bill Supports Job Creation Through Investment in Innovation
March 11, 2010

H-1B Filings for Fiscal Year 2011 can be Filed April 1, 2010

H-1B filing season is upon us again. The most often used work visa for Professional Workers is the H-1B. The H-1B has a limited availability of approximately 58,000 per year. Despite the economy, these visas still are anticipated to be in high demand and become unavailable by the end of 2010.
March 10, 2010

Legislation to Increase I-9 Penalties Introduced in Congress

New legislation that would expand penalties for employers who knowingly hire unauthorized workers has been introduced in the House of Representatives. The “Criminal Penalties for Unauthorized Employment Act of 2010” (H.R. 4627), introduced by Representative Frank Kratovil (D-Md.), would significantly increase imprisonment terms, criminal fines, and civil fines that can be levied against an employer … Continue reading Legislation to Increase I-9 Penalties Introduced in Congress
March 5, 2010

Major Changes in Landscape of H-1B Visa Usage Results from USCIS Memorandum

The USCIS has mandated sweeping changes in the use of H-1B visas, redefining the employer-employee relationship for third-party worksite placements pursuant to H-1B petitions, among other things. The changes, which have alarmed many employers, came in memorandum from the agency’s Associate Director of Service Center Operations, Donald Neufeld, this past January. Although the “Neufeld Memo” … Continue reading Major Changes in Landscape of H-1B Visa Usage Results from USCIS Memorandum
February 25, 2010

Don’t Rely on Your 2009 H-1B Experience When Filing in 2010

Employers who plan on filing for new H-1Bs this year shouldn’t rely on the flexibility experienced last year. Employer filings for FY2010 regular cap H-1Bs in 2009 did not reach the annual limit until late in December. Most employers who anticipated needing an H-1B worker for FY2010 filed on April 1. However, economic conditions resulted … Continue reading Don’t Rely on Your 2009 H-1B Experience When Filing in 2010
February 11, 2010

Immigration Consequences of Criminal Pleadings

Many foreign workers are unaware of the immigration consequences of criminal pleading and plea agreements, especially with regard to crimes that many consider "minor" due to the minimal fines and lack of jail time. Unfortunately, not all criminal lawyers are aware of the immigration consequences either.
February 2, 2010

When Shopping for I-9 Software, Don’t Forget the Data Security

Due to the dramatic increase in ICE worksite enforcement actions in 2009, employers are taking steps ensure their I-9 compliance, and utilizing such tools as internal audits, training, and implementation of I-9 software. I-9 software can often help to minimize the disorganization and clerical errors that can result in an absolute nightmare upon receipt of … Continue reading When Shopping for I-9 Software, Don’t Forget the Data Security
January 15, 2010

That’s “FAR” Enough – Are You Subject to E-Verify?

Are you subject to the Federal Acquisition Rule’s (FAR) E-Verify requirements?Many companies mistakenly think they are subject to FAR and therefore required to use the E-Verify System. FAR sets out certain prerequisites for determining whether a government contract makes an employer subject to mandatory E-Verify Registration. For example, the contract period must be for at … Continue reading That’s “FAR” Enough – Are You Subject to E-Verify?
December 30, 2009

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