CLIENT ALERT: Requirements for Those Traveling by Air into the United States

Regional Travel Bans Rescinded As of November 8, 2021, the U.S government has rescinded country-specific suspensions and limitations, and requirements for air travel and entry to the United States: Rescinding Proclamation 9984 (January 31, 2020) (Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus and Other… [Read More]

New NIL Laws Leave International Student Athletes Behind

Despite a Supreme Court ruling that college athletes can receive payment for use of their name image and likeness (NIL), international student athletes should not collect compensation until further guidance is issued by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). New laws will take effect this month, allowing student-athletes to get paid for endorsements, autographs,… [Read More]

Top Five Tips for OPT and CPT Employers

As summer approaches, new graduates are entering the workforce, and college students are seeking to supplement their education with internships and summer employment. This article provides our top tips for employers hiring a new graduate or summer intern who is a noncitizen on Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Curricular Practical Training (CPT) status. OPT and… [Read More]

FY2023 H-1B Alternatives

The H-1B Registration period ended on March 18th and the H-1B Lottery Selection period has begun. Currently, we are seeing about a 27% selection rate among all filers. This suggests one of two things: (1) either the number of applicants is up for this fiscal year; or (2) USCIS is only partially into the selection… [Read More]

What are Employer Obligations in the H-1B Process?

The H-1B is perhaps the most well-known work visa and a cornerstone of business immigration for public and private companies large and small, institutions of higher education, school systems, and hospitals/healthcare facilities. This dual-intent, nonimmigrant visa allows employers to bring professional employees to the US, and also has a clearly defined path for the applicant… [Read More]

What to Expect from the FY 2022 H-1B Lottery

UPDATE 2/17/2021 United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) indicated it will open H-1B registration for FY2021 on March 9, 2021. The window will close March 25, 2021. During the registration period, petitioners can electronically file petitioner and beneficiary information through the electronic registration process. On February 5, USCIS shared the following guidance on this… [Read More]