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New executive order signed: "Buy American, Hire American”

New executive order signed: "Buy American, Hire American”

Jackie Tang
April 19, 2017

New executive order related to immigration signed: “Buy American, Hire American”

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Competitor or Ally?

Competitor or Ally?

Forrest Blount
June 5, 2017

How do you know who to trust as you're growing your business? Is that startup in your co-working space a competitor, or an ally? Learn how we navigated this complex minefield as we grew Bridge US and who we're most concerned about as we continue to grow.

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5 Ways Immigration Can Help You Win the Talent War

5 Ways Immigration Can Help You Win the Talent War

Romish Badani
May 12, 2017

Many savvy HR teams are using company immigration policy and strategy to stand out among foreign national job seekers. Here are five ways your company can make immigration your recruiting secret weapon.

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USCIS has completed the H-1B CAP FY2018 selection process!

USCIS has completed the H-1B CAP FY2018 selection process!

Jackie Tang
April 17, 2017

USCIS finishes selecting CAP cases FY2018.

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Clarification on USCIS memo on H-1B computer-related positions

Clarification on USCIS memo on H-1B computer-related positions

Jackie Tang
April 4, 2017

Clarification on a recently issued USCIS policy memo.

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What is the Cap-Gap extension?

What is the Cap-Gap extension?

Jackie Tang
March 30, 2017

Let's take a look at Cap-Gap extension and F-1 OPT extension.

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Can I travel after my H-1B Cap case been filed?

Can I travel after my H-1B Cap case been filed?

Jackie Tang
March 30, 2017

Traveling after H-1B Cap has been filed

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H-1B Cap FY2018 starts on April 3, 2017!

H-1B Cap FY2018 starts on April 3, 2017!

Jackie Tang
March 30, 2017

H-1B FY2018 commences on April 3, 2017. Here are some FAQs.

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How do I apply for a US visa stamp?

How do I apply for a US visa stamp?

Jackie Tang
March 30, 2017

Here's an overview of how to apply for a US visa stamp.

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What if I wasn't selected in this year’s H-1B Cap lottery?

What if I wasn't selected in this year’s H-1B Cap lottery?

Jackie Tang
March 30, 2017

Let's explore what other options may be available if you're not selected in the H-1B Cap lottery.

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What happens after my H-1B Cap petition is filed?

What happens after my H-1B Cap petition is filed?

Jackie Tang
March 30, 2017

Let's go over what happens after an H-1B Cap case is filed.

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Immigration update: Updated executive order on travel ban signed

Immigration update: Updated executive order on travel ban signed

Romish Badani
March 7, 2017

President Trump has issued an updated executive order on travel ban which will supplant the one issued in January 2017.

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Trump Executive Order

Trump Executive Order

Romish Badani
February 1, 2017

We have been closely following the Trump administration's recent executive orders and the immigration-related bills in Congress.

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Fixing our broken immigration system one step at a time

Fixing our broken immigration system one step at a time

Jackie Tang
November 21, 2014

Learn how President Obama plans to tackle immigration reform.

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Obama's Fight for the People: Immigration Reform

Obama's Fight for the People: Immigration Reform

Jackie Tang
November 21, 2014

President Obama and Congress have spent years disagreeing over immigration reform and the President has finally decided to take action alone. Tonight at 8:00PM EST, the President will address what executive actions he will be taking to fix our broken immigration system.

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Summary of The H1-B Cap 2014

Summary of The H1-B Cap 2014

Romish Badani
October 28, 2014

WASHINGTON U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that in just five (5) days, it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2015. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U. S. advanced degree exemption.

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How to Increase Transparency In Your Corporate Immigration Process

How to Increase Transparency In Your Corporate Immigration Process

Forrest Blount
October 27, 2014

Providing transparency into complicated legal matters isn't an easy process, but it's immensely beneficial. Not only is transparency a key way you can , it's also the best way to consistently improve it.

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3 Ways Bridge US Simplifies Your Business Immigration Processes

3 Ways Bridge US Simplifies Your Business Immigration Processes

Forrest Blount
October 19, 2014

Learn how Bridge combines efficiency and transparency to improve the process and outcomes of your visa and green card applications.

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Commentary: Immigration in America & The Growing Shortage of High-Skilled Workers

Commentary: Immigration in America & The Growing Shortage of High-Skilled Workers

Romish Badani
October 18, 2014

The H1-B visa is an employment-based, non-immigrant visa category for temporary workers. To earn this visa, an employer must offer a job and apply on the worker's behalf with the Immigration Department. The cap on the number of those visas available each year has fluctuated considerably over the past 15 years; from 115,000, in 1999, to 195,000 in 2001, to 65,000 in 2004 (possibly as a delayed security response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks), to the current limit of 85,000, set in 2005.

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Top Five Things Employers Need to Know About the I-9 Form

Top Five Things Employers Need to Know About the I-9 Form

Jackie Tang
October 10, 2014

The I-9 Verification Form documents the verification of identity and the employment authorization of each new employee hired to work in the United States.

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Blog Commentary: Immigrant Innovators: Job Stealers or Job Creators?

Blog Commentary: Immigrant Innovators: Job Stealers or Job Creators?

Romish Badani
October 10, 2014

The topic of United States employers hiring foreign national employees through programs like the H-1B visa is a polarizing issue with plenty of misconceptions. As Harvard Business School professor William Kerr noted in 2011, the unfortunate reality is that "as the H-1B issue has become more controversial, the amount of available data has shrunk," allowing these misconceptions to continue and be used for political leverage. Kerr's research attempts to shed light on the economic implications of the H-1B visa program, but several of the assertions in the research seem inconsistent with other notable research and facts about the H-1B process.

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Finding an Immigration Attorney in your Network

Finding an Immigration Attorney in your Network

Romish Badani
October 7, 2014

Whether you're an employer looking for an attorney to assist with filing temporary work visa petitions or an individual seeking assistance with his Naturalization application, finding the right attorney can be a daunting process.

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Top Startups Started by Immigrants

Top Startups Started by Immigrants

Allen Rodriguez
September 30, 2014

Immigrant entrepreneurs have founded nearly half of America's top venture-backed companies, according to a report released by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), a non-profit research group based in Arlington, Virginia. Here are some of the more notable businesses founded or co-founded by immigrants to the United States.

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How to Find a Job in the US

How to Find a Job in the US

Allen Rodriguez
September 30, 2014

As the U.S. economy and job market continues to expand and grow, thousands of foreign individuals apply to jobs in the U.S. every year in search of better education and employment opportunities and overall a better life.

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Top 5 Reasons You Should Hire a Non US Worker

Top 5 Reasons You Should Hire a Non US Worker

Allen Rodriguez
September 23, 2014

Microsoft, Ernst & Young and IBM are some of the top companies hiring the highest number of foreign employees each year.

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I Want to Hire Someone Who is Not Authorized to Work in the United States. What Do I Do?

I Want to Hire Someone Who is Not Authorized to Work in the United States. What Do I Do?

Jackie Tang
September 14, 2014

Federal law protects all potential employees from employment discrimination based upon citizenship, immigration status, or national origin. (8 U.S.C. å¤ 1324).

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Tech Companies that Sponsor the Most H1-B Visas

Tech Companies that Sponsor the Most H1-B Visas

Romish Badani
September 9, 2014

The H-1B visa is by far one of the most popular work visas as you don't need to have worked at a foreign affiliate for a year (L-1) or possess extraordinary abilities (O-1). In order to qualify for an H-1B visa, you need at least a Bachelor's degree in a specialized field such as Accounting, Graphic Design, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering.

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What to Look for in a Non-US Worker Before Sponsoring

What to Look for in a Non-US Worker Before Sponsoring

Allen Rodriguez
September 7, 2014

Workers who are not authorized to work in the United States must obtain permission from the government to legally work.

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Why The H1-B Visa is so Popular

Why The H1-B Visa is so Popular

Allen Rodriguez
September 4, 2014

The H-1B visa is by far one of the more popular U.S. work visas. The H-1B is a temporary work visa which allows a foreign worker to work in a specialty occupation. A specialty occupation is considered a professional position which requires the individual to have theoretical and practical application of a highly specialized body of knowledge.

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How Long Does an H1B Visa Last and Can It be Extended?

How Long Does an H1B Visa Last and Can It be Extended?

Romish Badani
August 26, 2014

An H1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa used by American companies who wish to employ foreign workers in occupations that require college degrees or their equivalency. Most occupations for which foreign employees use the visa are in medicine, chemistry, engineering, biotechnology and the social sciences. Employees who are granted H1B visas may only work for the sponsoring American company.

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Can an Employer's H1B Status be Transferred to Another Employer?

Can an Employer's H1B Status be Transferred to Another Employer?

Romish Badani
August 21, 2014

A foreign worker with H1B status can apply for transfer to a different sponsoring employee. This is a relatively recent change since those seeking transfers had to wait until the USCIS approved the transfer which was taking months.

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5 Ways to Check the Status of Your Pending Application with USCIS

5 Ways to Check the Status of Your Pending Application with USCIS

Jackie Tang
August 21, 2014

After you've filed your petition or application with USCIS, what happens next? It takes time USCIS to process your case, so it's important to keep track on the status to ensure that your petition or application is processed in a timely manner and to check to see if there are any issues that may cause a delay in the processing of your case.

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Top H1B Visa Mistakes that Employers Make

Top H1B Visa Mistakes that Employers Make

Romish Badani
August 19, 2014

Getting qualified foreign workers to your company can be a boom to your business, but there are mistakes that sponsoring employees make that can jeopardize their workers' H1B status and possibly result in penalties to you or debar you from filing subsequent petitions. Learn about common mistakes and issues and what your team should be doing to ensure you're protected.

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5 Facts HR Needs to Know About Sponsoring an H1B Employee

5 Facts HR Needs to Know About Sponsoring an H1B Employee

Romish Badani
August 14, 2014

Using the H1B visa can be a valuable resource to use to obtain qualified and well-educated foreign workers for your business. There are some facts, however, that any Human Resources department staff member needs to know when the company is considering sponsoring an H1B employee.

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Can an H1B Visa Holder Raise Money on Kickstarter?

Can an H1B Visa Holder Raise Money on Kickstarter?

Romish Badani
August 11, 2014

Kickstarter is the largest crowdfunding platform online for creative projects. The website showcases thousands of unique and innovative projects which revolve around food, art, design, music, technology, and more.

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Can A Co-Founder Sponsor My H1-B Visa Or Will I Lose My Visa Once I  Leave My Current Job?

Can A Co-Founder Sponsor My H1-B Visa Or Will I Lose My Visa Once I Leave My Current Job?

Romish Badani
July 22, 2014

Fed up with working to make someone else's startup dream a reality, you've decided to leave your current job and devote all of your time to building your own company.

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Minimum Salary Requirements for H-1B Visa

Minimum Salary Requirements for H-1B Visa

Romish Badani
June 25, 2014

It seems like a simple question - how much money do you need to pay an employee under an H-1B visa? Let's look at how the government actually assesses the prevailing wage.

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Renewals

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Renewals

May 22, 2014

In September 2012, USCIS began deferring action for certain childhood arrivals and issuing employment authorization for a period of 2 years. In September 2014, the earliest applicants that were granted DACA will expire.

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How to apply for a green card without leaving the United States

How to apply for a green card without leaving the United States

Romish Badani
March 24, 2014

Are you or a family member currently in the U.S. without legal immigration status but looking to get a green card to permanently reside in the country? If so, you aren't alone.

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Immigration a la Carte: Unbundling Immigration Legal Services

Immigration a la Carte: Unbundling Immigration Legal Services

Romish Badani
March 10, 2014

"Unbundled" legal services involve attorneys performing specific, discrete tasks for a client (as opposed to full service representation) after the client completes part of their own legal work.

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3 Steps for Successful Parent Immigration to the USA

3 Steps for Successful Parent Immigration to the USA

Forrest Blount
March 2, 2014

Before you spend time researching your options, completing your application, and searching for the right immigration lawyer, make sure that you're eligible to apply for your parents.

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3 Steps for a Successful Sibling Migration to the USA

3 Steps for a Successful Sibling Migration to the USA

Forrest Blount
October 7, 2013

Before researching government forms and rules, completing your application, and searching for the right immigration lawyer, make sure that you're eligible to apply for your sibling.

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The Easiest Way to Reduce The Cost of Your Green Card

The Easiest Way to Reduce The Cost of Your Green Card

Forrest Blount
September 23, 2013

You've decided to apply for a green card, now you have to decide how you'll do it. Will you apply on your own (the cheapest option) or hire a lawyer (the safest option)? If you're like most of the people we spoke to, it's an easy decision to hire a lawyer, but wait -- Can you afford a lawyer?

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Payment plans with your immigration lawyer

Payment plans with your immigration lawyer

Manny
August 1, 2013

So you found the immigration lawyer that's right for you they are experienced, caring, and have won many cases similar to yours. Now it's time to talk about payment, as hiring an immigration lawyer can get quite pricey.

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Can Undocumented Immigrants Open Bank Accounts And Pay Taxes? How And Why?

Can Undocumented Immigrants Open Bank Accounts And Pay Taxes? How And Why?

Fernando
July 31, 2013

In 2010 alone, the Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy reported that undocumented immigrants paid over $11 billion in taxes. Learn how to obtain a tax id and begin filing taxes.

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Our New Matters Dashboard

Our New Matters Dashboard

Forrest Blount
July 11, 2013

Our first priority was to make it even easier for lawyers to review cases on our platform. To that end we added three great features.

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Pitfalls When Renewing Your Green Card

Pitfalls When Renewing Your Green Card

Manny
June 27, 2013

After you have been in the U.S with a green card for more than 10 years as a lawful resident, it may be time for you to renew your green card! If you 1) are a lawful Permanent Resident who is not eligible for naturalization, 2) choose not to apply for naturalization, or 3) need your biographic information on your permanent resident card changed to reflect life changes or because of USCIS errors, you will eventually need to apply for a new permanent resident card (green card).

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Immigration Eligibility Reports

Immigration Eligibility Reports

Forrest Blount
June 13, 2013

When we thought about what tools were sorely lacking in the immigration services landscape, the idea for a tool that would answer the question "What are my immigration options?" came up.

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Tips for Applying for a Fianc̩ Visa

Tips for Applying for a Fianc̩ Visa

Steve
June 9, 2013

It was a fairy-tale romance. You met each other while flying over the Atlantic, had a whirlwind romance, made the inter-continental relationship work for long enough.

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Hacking Immigration

Hacking Immigration

Forrest Blount
June 6, 2013

When I first heard about Chicago's MigraHack event, it was clear that this was an event LexSpot had to participate in. We've been thinking about community services for immigrants for the past 9 months (since we first heard about DACA and created our DACA Approvals Tracker), but almost all of our conversations center around functionality that assists immigrants navigating the USCIS application process.

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How to Bring My Parents to the United States

How to Bring My Parents to the United States

Manny
June 3, 2013

If you become interested in bringing your parents to live and work in the United States as permanent residents, you may find this post helpful in detailing the steps and requirements.

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Why You Should Apply for Your Sibling's Green Card Soon

Why You Should Apply for Your Sibling's Green Card Soon

Romish Badani
May 29, 2013

The current U.S. immigration system makes about 65,000 visas available each year for brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens. Wait times in this visa category are long, particularly for foreigners in countries with high U.S. immigration volumes like the Philippines, but sibling visas have traditionally been an important path for reuniting families in the U.S.

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A Visual Representation of the Senate Immigration Bill

A Visual Representation of the Senate Immigration Bill

Forrest Blount
April 17, 2013

When you take an 844 page bill and distill it into a word cloud, you start to understand the key issues in this debate -- namely employment-based visas and undocumented immigrants.

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A Divorce Market for Men

A Divorce Market for Men

Arden Witherford
August 7, 2012

The Wall Street Journal reported last week on an emerging brand of divorce lawyers those who specifically target to soon-to-be ex-husbands.

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5 Tips For Great Virtual Child Visitation

5 Tips For Great Virtual Child Visitation

Yi-An
July 27, 2012

Virtual child visitation is slowly becoming more common as technology continues to change the way we form and maintain relationships. In a handful of states, virtual visitation is part of the law and courts are allowed to use it in child custody arrangements.

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