According to new policy guidance announced today, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will consider children born outside of the United States through assisted reproductive technology (ART) as born “in wedlock.”
The United States Departments of Homeland Security, Labor, and State have released new regulatory agendas which include priorities and rulemaking timelines for each agency. All the agendas have been published in the Federal Register, except the State Department’s, which may soon be published in the Federal Register but is currently available on the Federal Office of Management and Budget’s website.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has extended its flexibility for students requesting Optional Practical Training (OPT) to accommodate for delays in the application process. The flexible policy originally applied to Forms I-765, Application for Employment Authorization filed through May 1, 2021, and has been extended to applications filed through October 31, 2021. The extension comes in response to growing delays in issuing receipt notices leading to shortened or lost OPT periods and rejections.
On July 28, 2021, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) conducted a second round H-1B lottery selection process for fiscal year (FY) 2022. The agency did not receive enough H-1B petitions during the initial filing period to meet the annual quota of 85,000 H-1B visas for FY 2022. Employers will have between August 2, 2021 and November 3, 2021 to file petitions for recently selected H-1B beneficiaries.
H-1B visas are employer-specific, which means that an H-1B visa holder can only engage in employment activities with their petitioning employer. Because there must be an employer/employee relationship between the H-1B visa holder and the petitioning employer, entrepreneurship can be complicated for H-1B workers.
If your employee did not get selected in the H-1B lottery this time around, there are a variety of other visa options available. Join Attorney Jacqueline Valle and Executive Manager Carmen Lopez for this nine-minute overview of alternate visa categories that your foreign national employee may qualify for.
By Gurshaan Chattha San Francisco, alongside other cities in the Bay Area, is home to some of the most prominent start-ups and global tech companies. Every year, companies in the Bay Area recruit the most talented and skilled individuals found globally. It can get competitive! Even more challenging, non-US nationals must get through an additional …