Immigration in the Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Fields

Chugh, LLP understands the specific immigration needs of occupational and physical therapy practices. We can help guide you through all facets of the immigration process to ensure that your employee on-boarding and retention is as smooth as possible. Visas Available to Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists Our team at Chugh, LLP has experience in obtaining […]
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USCIS Ends Service Requests for I-765 Cases Pending 75+ Days

By: Jagminder Matharu USCIS Contact Center is no longer allowing individuals to place service requests for Forms I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) that have been pending for more than 75 days, unless the applications are beyond processing times. For employment authorization extensions, it is advised to file the I-765 application as soon as possible within […]
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EB-1 India & China Retrogression for April 2018

By: Gladys V. Gervacio What Employers and Employees Should Know The EB-1 category for India and China will retrogress in April 2018. Effective April 1, 2018, the cutoff for employment-based first preference (EB-1) for India and China is January 1, 2012. Employment based All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA – mainland born EL SALVADOR GUATEMALA […]
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USCIS Clarifies H-1B Requirements for Beneficiaries Placed at Third-Party Worksites

By: Gladys V. Gervacio, Omar Nazarkhan Executive Summary: On February 22, 2018, the Unites States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) clarified evidence related to H-1B workers placed at one or more off-site third-party. This policy memorandum is just the latest change in line with the directives set forth by the Trump Administration’s “Buy American, Hire […]
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What to Expect: Employment-Based Adjustment of Status (AOS) Interview

By: Melissa Chan As of October 2, 2017, certain foreign nationals and their dependents are required to interview with USCIS before adjusting status to an employment-based green card. These interviews are required for EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 green card categories. Once a Form I-485 has been filed for the foreign national, they will receive a notice in […]
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United States Government Clarifies, No Culling in H-1B Extension Policy

By: Zoe Mirza The H-1B visa program enables employers to recruit and hire foreign professionals to work in the United States for a temporary period as a specialty occupation. A person may hold H-1B status for two three-year increments, equaling a maximum of six years. However, an employee may receive extensions of H-1B status beyond […]
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Starting a Business? After a Delay, USCIS is Accepting Applications Under the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) – at least for now

By: Elizabeth Goings What Entrepreneurs Need to Know After a short delay, USCIS is now accepting requests for parole into the U.S for certain entrepreneurs seeking to start and grow start-up business under the IER program. Dependents may also accompany the entrepreneur. Although the program is in effect now, DHS may seek to remove it. […]
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How do I sponsor an employee for a Green Card, or Lawful Permanent Residence?

Lea en español. The process to sponsor a prospective employee for a green card varies based on which employment-based (EB) preference category they fall under. There are five EB categories for green card sponsorship, which are ranked based on qualifications. This discussion focuses on EB-2 and EB-3 preference categories. Employment-Based Preference Category Who is eligible? EB-1 […]
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