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Congress extends immigrant investor and physician programs without change

Congress has agreed to an omnibus appropriations bill, which contains a number of immigration-related provisions. Though the vote on the bill is set for Dec. 18, it is widely expected to pass. In it, Congress has agreed to extend the EB-5 Regional Center program without change until Sept. 30, 2016. The EB-5 Regional Center program … Continue Reading

Spouses of certain H-1B workers may obtain employment authorization

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced it will be extending U.S. employment authorization to certain H-4 spouses of foreign nationals in H-1B status. Family members of H-1B workers are permitted to enter the United States in H-4 status as dependents of the H-1B worker, but they are not authorized to work. This change permits spouses in H-4 … Continue Reading

Healthcare employers: Plan now for filing H-1B petitions for foreign national candidates, OPT employees

It’s time to begin preparing H-1B petitions for an early April filing and Oct. 1, 2015, effective date. Advance planning is crucial. Due to the improving economy and the backlog of demand from April 2014, the H-1B cap will likely be exceeded again this year. Employers that fail to file H-1B petitions on April 1 … Continue Reading