E-2 Visas Under the Microscope

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its report on E-2 visas this month following a review of E-2 visa applications for fiscal years 2014-18. The two key takeaways are: (1) Inconsistency among U.S. consulates continues, and (2) It’s still better to apply for an E-2 visa abroad, rather than through USCIS in the United […]

Return of the Social Security Administration’s “No Match Letters”

Human Resources professionals who have been around a decade may remember the last batch of so-called “no match letters” that the Social Security Administration sent to employers to notify them that the Social Security Numbers they provided for employee withholdings did not match SSA records for those employees. The letters then directed employers to inquire […]

H-1B Lottery Pre-Registration Process Coming…but probably not next year

An advance copy of a regulation to be published Monday, December 3 began circulating today. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is planning to implement a pre-registration process for the annual allocation of H-1B visas, which informally is called the H-1B lottery. USCIS will collect public comments for 30 days, consider and evaluate recommended changes […]

Application Denied Stamp Shows Loan Or Visa Rejected

Attention Employers: Make Your Voices Heard

The current administration is trying to derail employers’ talent acquisition efforts. The CATO Institute last week reported its analysis of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ current fiscal year immigration applications and petitions adjudications. Not surprisingly, denial rates for various applications and petitions (e.g. H-1B and L-1 nonimmigrant petitions, immigrant petitions, work permits, travel documents) increased […]

Show me the money! USCIS proposes new “public charge” rules for immigrants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published proposed new rules this month that could alter the landscape for family-based immigrants. As most immigrants who applied for green cards through a family member will recall, the process requires having a sponsor. The sponsor (often the U.S. citizen spouse) must meet certain income or asset thresholds to ensure […]