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Potential Impact of 2018 Midterm Elections on Work Visas

Potential Impact of 2018 Midterm Elections on Work Visas

June 15, 2018

While nothing related to immigration is being actively negotiated by Congress at this time, questions and concerns remain for what the midterm elections could do to work visas.

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Silicon Valley Leaders Defend Foreign Nationals Amid Shifting State of Immigration

Silicon Valley Leaders Defend Foreign Nationals Amid Shifting State of Immigration

June 12, 2018

Over 70 percent of tech employees in Silicon Valley are foreign born, and the region is viewed as something of a testing ground for business attitudes toward evolving immigration policies.

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Promoting an H-1B Employee

Promoting an H-1B Employee

June 7, 2018

The H-1B visa program is delicately calibrated, and promoting an H-1B employee requires careful consideration of how the job advancement will affect their visa status.

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USCIS Revises Unlawful Presence for Nonimmigrant Students Policy

USCIS Revises Unlawful Presence for Nonimmigrant Students Policy

June 6, 2018

A recent memo issued by the USCIS announced revisions to its long-running policy on the accrual of unlawful presence by foreign students. Public comments on the proposal will be allowed until June 11, 2018.

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15,000 Additional H-2B Visas Issued for FY 2018 as Demand Grows

15,000 Additional H-2B Visas Issued for FY 2018 as Demand Grows

May 30, 2018

For seasonal work, employers often turn to the recruitment of foreign nationals through the H-2B visa program. In response to high demand, the DHS has announced 15,000 additional H-2B visas will be available for Fiscal Year 2018.

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"Like" It or Not, Social Media History Could Impact Visa Applicants' Chances of Approval

"Like" It or Not, Social Media History Could Impact Visa Applicants' Chances of Approval

May 25, 2018

The way visa applicants think of social media may soon change. DHS will be accepting public comments until May 29 on a rule that allows them access to the social media history of over 14 million people currently applying for a non-immigrant visa.

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8,543 Green Cards Recalled Due to Production Error

8,543 Green Cards Recalled Due to Production Error

May 22, 2018

The USCIS is recalling over 8,500 Green Cards after a production error printed an incorrect date on each of them. The error relates to approvals for Form I-751 – Petition to Remove Conditions of Residence for the spouses of U.S. citizens – that were mailed earlier in the year.

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USCIS & DOJ Announce MOU to Combat Fraud & Discrimination by Foreign National Employers

USCIS & DOJ Announce MOU to Combat Fraud & Discrimination by Foreign National Employers

May 18, 2018

The USCIS and DOJ have announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize a partnership between the two agencies in an effort "to better detect and eliminate fraud, abuse, and discrimination by employers bringing foreign visa workers to the United States."

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June 2018 Visa Bulletin

June 2018 Visa Bulletin

May 15, 2018

Visa Bulletins provide visa hopefuls with critical information related to their bids. The June 2018 visa bulletin sees only minor change, but staying current on changes to the bulletin remains critical.

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Obtaining a Green Card Through the EB-5 Visa Investor Program

Obtaining a Green Card Through the EB-5 Visa Investor Program

May 8, 2018

The EB-5 visa investment program has been a topic of debate as it has gained popularity in recent years. Here is a description of the visa and what it entails.

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DACA Status: Options Remain for Dreamers

DACA Status: Options Remain for Dreamers

May 4, 2018

In late April, the federal court for the District of Columbia ruled the government failed to provide adequate reasoning for its decision to end DACA. Here's a recap of the recent activity involving DACA, and what options remain for the Dreamers protected by it.

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USCIS Adopts Signature Confirmation for Secure Document Delivery

USCIS Adopts Signature Confirmation for Secure Document Delivery

May 2, 2018

The USCIS will begin using the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery service to help secure delivery of documents such as Green Cards and Employment Authorization (EAD) Cards.

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What is TPS & What Happens if it Expires?

What is TPS & What Happens if it Expires?

April 27, 2018

In late April the Trump administration announced the end of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) protections for citizens of Nepal, and has previously stated they would not renew protections for those immigrants of Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador, as well.

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Understanding the New Multiple H-1B Petitions Rule

Understanding the New Multiple H-1B Petitions Rule

April 24, 2018

The USCIS recently issued a Policy Memorandum that further fortifies existing rules related to filing multiple H-1B petitions, which are viewed as a means of "gaming the H-1B visa system".

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May 2018 Visa Bulletin

May 2018 Visa Bulletin

April 19, 2018

The Department of State has published the May 2018 Visa Bulletin, providing a look at what's in store for visa availability in the U.S. next month.

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Everything You Need to Know About H-1B Status Changes

Everything You Need to Know About H-1B Status Changes

April 18, 2018

Understanding the role potential status changes play for H-1B workers can be an arduous and nerve-racking process. Closely monitor changes in duties and work environment to ensure full compliance with federal laws.

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USCIS Completes H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2019

USCIS Completes H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2019

April 12, 2018

The USCIS officially completed the random selection process for the H-1B Cap for FY 2019 on April 11. In total, 190,098 H-1B petitions were received during the filing period.

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Undeliverable Immigration Documents Will Be Destroyed After 60 Days

Undeliverable Immigration Documents Will Be Destroyed After 60 Days

April 11, 2018

The USCIS is now destroying undeliverable documents within 60 days of being returned to the agency. This includes Permanent Resident cards, Employment Authorization cards (EADs) and travel documents.

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Common RFE Situations & How to Handle Them

Common RFE Situations & How to Handle Them

April 5, 2018

The amount of Requests for Additional Evidence (RFEs) reached new levels in 2017. Here are ways to prepare for the most commonly issued RFEs and avoid potential delays.

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April 2018 Visa Bulletin

April 2018 Visa Bulletin

April 3, 2018

Each month, the Visa Bulletin provides sponsored foreign nationals with an updated schedule related to the final step in the process of obtaining a green card and becoming a permanent immigrant.

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H-1B CAP Post-Filing FAQ

H-1B CAP Post-Filing FAQ

March 30, 2018

What should you do after you've filed your H-1B Cap petition? Your partners at Bridge know this is a stressful process, so we built this FAQ to address the most common H-1B cap questions.

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How to Successfully Onboard Your New H-1B Hire

How to Successfully Onboard Your New H-1B Hire

March 27, 2018

There are many ways to onboard a new H-1B hire into the workplace properly, and doing so can make the procedure much easier for both the company and the new employee.

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TN Visas at Risk in Ongoing NAFTA Renegotiations

TN Visas at Risk in Ongoing NAFTA Renegotiations

March 20, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has been in renegotiation with both Canada and Mexico regarding NAFTA, and this could have serious impact on TN visas.

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H-1B Premium Processing Suspended for FY 2019

H-1B Premium Processing Suspended for FY 2019

March 20, 2018

The USCIS announced on March 20 a temporary suspension of premium processing for all FY-2019 cap-subject petitions, including H-1B. This suspension is expected to last until Sept. 10.

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What Happens if the H-4 EAD Program is Terminated?

What Happens if the H-4 EAD Program is Terminated?

March 15, 2018

The H-4 EAD program offers spouses of H-1B visa holders the ability to obtain work authorization in the U.S., but the current administration is considering termination of this program.

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March 2018 Visa Bulletin

March 2018 Visa Bulletin

March 13, 2018

There are several dates related to every immigration case that are critical to each petitioner’s ability to obtain a visa, and these dates are highlighted in the March 2018 visa bulletin.

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Cracking Down on H-1B Abuse, USCIS Strengthens Protections

Cracking Down on H-1B Abuse, USCIS Strengthens Protections

March 8, 2018

The USCIS issued a policy memo in February that highlights its coordinated efforts to protect against the potential abuse of H-1B visas.

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USCIS Expands Credit Card Payment Option for Certain Fees

USCIS Expands Credit Card Payment Option for Certain Fees

March 6, 2018

The USCIS is rocketing into the fairly new century by expanding its acceptance of credit card payments for the fees associated with most forms.

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Cissna Drops "Nation of Immigrants" From USCIS Mission Statement

Cissna Drops "Nation of Immigrants" From USCIS Mission Statement

March 2, 2018

USCIS Director Lee Francis Cissna recently unveiled the agency's freshly minted mission statement. Removing the words "nation of immigrants" and "customer" were among the changes.

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‍Green Card Process Dos & Don'ts

‍Green Card Process Dos & Don'ts

February 28, 2018

In the world of business immigration, Green Cards are often the ultimate goal. Here are some Dos and Don'ts for employers, both before and during the Green Card process.

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How to Spot H-1B Fraud & Fake OPT Candidates

How to Spot H-1B Fraud & Fake OPT Candidates

February 23, 2018

Often, H-1B workers are essential to tech companies. A candidate, however, isn't always what they seem, so it’s important to keep an eye out for fake H-1B or OPT credentials.

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‍Should Your Company Bear Immigration Costs?

‍Should Your Company Bear Immigration Costs?

February 22, 2018

Recruiting employees can be a costly and time-consuming business, especially if your company is hiring foreign nationals. Here are the immigration costs employers are responsible for.

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L1 Visa Rules & Requirements

L1 Visa Rules & Requirements

February 16, 2018

L1 Visas give employees the opportunity to temporarily transfer to the U.S. to work with a parent company, branch, subsidiary, or affiliate. Here's everything you need to know.

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February 2018 Visa Bulletin

February 2018 Visa Bulletin

February 14, 2018

The U.S. Department of State issues visa bulletins that detail the availability of immigrant visa numbers. This is an overview of the visa bulletin for February 2018.

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The History of USCIS & INS

The History of USCIS & INS

February 6, 2018

The USCIS was created to enhance the security and efficiency of national immigration services, and the federal immigration service has a long legacy that dates back over a century.

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I-Squared Act Aims to Increase H-1B Cap, Lift Per-Country Limit

I-Squared Act Aims to Increase H-1B Cap, Lift Per-Country Limit

February 2, 2018

Senators Orrin Hatch and Jeff Flake introduced the Immigration Innovation (I-Squared) Act on Jan. 25. If passed, it would increase the annual H-1B base allocation.

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EB Green Card Guide for Employers

EB Green Card Guide for Employers

February 1, 2018

If your company employs foreign nationals, it's important to know the ins and outs of the employment-based green card process. This guide focuses on EB2 and EB3 options.

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Preparing for the H-1B Cap

Preparing for the H-1B Cap

January 24, 2018

As we enter the new calendar year, preparations are already well underway for what promises to be another bruising H-1B cap season. Take these steps for the best visa odds.

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Consular Processing Tips

Consular Processing Tips

January 23, 2018

Procuring a visa is the first step in your journey toward working in the United States, and it’s important to note that each consulate follows its own unique procedures.

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Immigration FAQ & Welcome to America Guide

Immigration FAQ & Welcome to America Guide

January 19, 2018

You did the hard work, persevered, got your visa, and came to America. Now what? Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions and some common immigration terms.

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The "Extraordinary" O-1 Visa

The "Extraordinary" O-1 Visa

January 12, 2018

The O-1 visa is a category of nonimmigrant visa that’s reserved for certain petitioners and allow recipients the opportunity to legally work for visa sponsors in the United States.

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Mail Delays Put Thousands of DACA Work Permits at Risk

Mail Delays Put Thousands of DACA Work Permits at Risk

January 11, 2018

As many as 4,000 DACA renewal requests arrived after the Oct. 5 cutoff date due to mail delays, subsequently putting Dreamers at risk of losing their work permits.

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January 2018 Visa Bulletin

January 2018 Visa Bulletin

January 5, 2018

With the new year underway, Bridge US takes a look at the January 2017 Visa Bulletin, how it compares to recent bulletins, and what's in store this year.

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Employment-Based Immigration in 2018

Employment-Based Immigration in 2018

January 2, 2018

The business immigration system promises to continue making headlines in 2018. Employers should pay close attention to these areas, including H-1B sponsorship trends and PERM.

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Employment Immigration Glossary

Employment Immigration Glossary

December 29, 2017

Whether you're new to hiring foreign nationals or a longtime employer, this comprehensive employment immigration glossary has all the definitions you need.

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