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November 2020 Visa Bulletin Updates

After weeks of anticipation, the Department of State just released their November 2020 visa bulletin that dictates when international employees are eligible to file their Adjustment of Status (Form I-485) applications.

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October Visa Bulletin Updates

On September 24th, the Department of State released their October 2020 visa bulletin that dictates when foreign nationals are eligible to file their Adjustment of Status (Form I-485) applications and new filing dates for EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3.

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Employee Spotlight: Introducing Andres Avendano, Our New Sales Development Representative

Meet our new Sales Development Representative who shares his personal experience and why he decided to join Bridge.

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Employee Spotlight: Introducing Chidinma Molokwu, "Dinma", Our New Sales Development Representative

Meet our new Sales Development Representative who shares her personal experience and why she decided to join Bridge.

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6 Common H-1B Answers to Questions Asked During the Pandemic

Have questions about your international employees on H-1Bs? Hear from one of our legal partners Hendrik Pretorius, Immigration Counsel of ImmiPartner, as he answers top questions facing HRs and employers during the coronavirus.

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Webinar: U.S. Immigration in the Age of Coronavirus

Join us March 30th 10am PST/ 1pm EST as our partnering law firm, Immipartner, and other experts talk about how the immigration landscape is changing in the face of travel bans and restrictions during the age of coronavirus, presented by Nova Credit.

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Be Ready for the H-1B Lottery: USCIS’ New Proposed Process

With the H-1B lottery season quickly approaching, we want to outline USCIS’ new proposed process and ensure that you have all the information to make the best choices for your company and employees.

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Why the H-1B Visa Is so Popular

The H-1B visa is by far one of the more popular work visas. The H-1B is a temporary work visa which allows a foreign worker to work in a specialty occupation.

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Green Cards: How Does Sponsorship Work?

Workers who are not authorized to work in the United States must obtain permission from the government to legally work. Learn how sponsorship works for the Green Card.

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What Should Your Company's Green Card Policy Look Like?

Having a structured and competitive green card policy can determine whether or not an international employee will be attracted and have the best chance of success at longevity with your company.

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What is TPS & What Happens if it Expires?

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.

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For Student Visas: What Is the Cap-Gap Extension?

Learn how student visas can take advantage of cap-gap and F-1 OPT extensions.

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Employment Based Visa Options if You Are Not Selected in the H-1B Cap Lottery

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 2017 H-1B Cap Petition Is Filed?

What happens when an H-1B cap is filed? We'll take through a step-by-step overview of what you can expect from when you apply for the petition to receiving a decision from USCIS.

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What Does the End of DACA Mean for Employers?

Since President Trump took office, DACA has been a hot-button issue. That issue reached its tipping point on Sept. 5, 2017. Learn what this means for DACA employers.

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The Green Card Process Isn't What It Used to Be

With processing times on the rise and a tumultuous year reaching its end, now is a good time to examine the current landscape of employment-based immigration.

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May 2018 Visa Bulletin

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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March 2018 Visa Bulletin

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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June 2018 Visa Bulletin

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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July 2018 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) has issued the July 2018 Visa Bulletin, a monthly release which represents a snapshot of visa availability in the United States. Here's an overview of what's inside this month's bulletin.

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January 2018 Visa Bulletin

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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February 2018 Visa Bulletin

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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December 2017 Visa Bulletin

As 2018 is rapidly approaching, let’s take a look at the December 2017 visa bulletin, and how it compares to last year’s December bulletin and 2017.

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April 2018 Visa Bulletin

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

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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USCIS: Extension Requests Will Be Treated Like Initial Petitions

The USCIS recently unveiled a policy update that's going to make the work visa extension process longer and trickier for employers of foreign nationals.

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USCIS Adopts Signature Confirmation for Secure Document Delivery

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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USCIS Recalls 800 Employee Authorization Documents

The USCIS is recalling 800 Employee Authorization Documents due to a printing error. This marks the agency's second recall in six weeks. The USCIS is making a push to go paperless and cut back on such errors through digital transactions.

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USCIS Expands In-Person Interview Requirements

USCIS will begin imposing the requirement of an in-person interview across the board for employment-based permanent residence applicants. What does this mean for you and your employer?

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USCIS Has Completed the H-1B CAP FY2018 Selection Process

The USCIS has officially finished selecting CAP cases for FY2018. This means that USCIS will be sending out all unselected petitions along with the filing fees.

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USCIS Expands Credit Card Payment Option for Certain Fees

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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USCIS Expecting to Reinstate PP for All H-1B Cases by October 3rd

USCIS may potentially reinstate PP for all H-1B petitions by October 3rd.

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

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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USCIS Director Cissna: Immigration Friend or Foe?

Lee Francis Cissna has been sworn in as Director of the USCIS, allowing him oversight of immigration policy. His restrictive inclination is well established.

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

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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USCIS completes data entry of all FY2018 cap cases

USCIS completes data entry of all FY2018 cap cases and unselected petitions will be returned.

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Types of Green Cards and the International Student

International students have a few options to consider when exploring residency in the U.S.

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Traveling Overseas as a Green Card Holder

Important time frame considerations when traveling with a Green Card and other travel tips.

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Top Startups Started by Immigrants

Immigrant entrepreneurs have founded nearly half of America's top venture-backed companies. Here are some of the more notable businesses founded by immigrants.

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Top 5 Things Employers Need to Know About the I-9 Form

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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Top 5 Reasons You Should Hire a Non US Worker

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

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TN Visa Qualifications & Concerns

TN visas permit citizens of Canada and Mexico to work in the U.S. temporarily. Here's a closer look at this visa option's key differences and controversy.

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TN Visas at Risk in Ongoing NAFTA Renegotiations

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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The History of USCIS & INS

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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Supreme Court Reinstates Parts of Travel Ban - What You Should Know

The Supreme Court has reinstated parts of Trump's travel ban. In light of this ruling, it's advised that foreign nationals take the following precautions.

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Silicon Valley Leaders Defend Foreign Nationals Amid Shifting State of Immigration

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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‍Should Your Company Bear Immigration Costs?

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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How to Create & Maintain a Public Access File

Public access files are essential components of any successful H-1B hire. Here's everything HR teams should know about the creation and maintenance of public access file requirements.

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"Protect & Grow" Targets H-1B Employers & Wages

The "Protect & Grow" bill is targeting H-1B dependent employers in order to prevent "undermining the wages" of Americans. Here's what you need to know.

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Promoting an H-1B Employee

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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Preparing for a USCIS Site Visit

How to prepare for a site visit from USCIS/FDNS. Site visits can vary from USCIS to DOL and questions/documents requests in each audit are usually unique.

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Preparing for the 2018 H-1B Cap

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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Premium Processing Resumed for ALL H-1B Petitions!

USCIS has resumed premium processing for all H-1B petitions, which includes transfers, extensions, and amendments. Please note that there's a $1,225 filing fee.

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Pitfalls When Renewing Your Green Card

Although green card renewal is not necessarily something to be worried about, it's important to know some of the pitfalls and risks involved in the process.

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Payment Plans With Your Immigration Lawyer

So, you found the immigration lawyer that's right for you. They're experienced, caring, and win cases similar to yours. Now it's time to talk about payment.

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Introducing the Digital PAF

Maintaining PAFs can be complicated and time-consuming, so Bridge decided to make the compliance easier for you. Introducing the digital PAF!

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How to Successfully Onboard Your New H-1B Hire

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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Obama's Fight for the People: Immigration Reform

President Obama and Congress have spent years disagreeing over reform. Tonight, Obama announces which executive actions will fix our broken immigration system.

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The "Extraordinary" O-1 Visa

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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USCIS Revises Unlawful Presence for Nonimmigrant Students Policy

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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New Travel Ban Puts Employees in Tight Spot

What does the new travel ban mean for employees who hold citizenship of one of the affected countries? Well, first of all, it depends on which country.

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New Executive Order Signed: "Buy American, Hire American”

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

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A Nation of Immigrants, Divided on Immigration

Immigrants play an important role in the United States, from the nation's founding to present economy, but views on immigration and its laws vary drastically.

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Merit-Based Immigration Under Trump

President Trump has called for a merit-based immigration policy, but he's sending mixed messages. Here'a what it looks like and how other countries compete.

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L1 Visa Rules & Requirements

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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J-1 Visa Provides Cultural Exchange

Non-immigrants can be sponsored to work in the U.S. as students, au pairs, and more through the J-1 visa program, a classification that encourages cultural exchange opportunities.

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J-1 Visa Cuts: What You Should Know

The administration is considering “major reductions” to at least five of the J-1 visa's employment-based categories, which could have a devastating effect.

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Immigration FAQ & Welcome to America Guide

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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Undeliverable Immigration Documents Will Be Destroyed After 60 Days

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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USCIS to Begin Accepting Applications Under the IER

USCIS announced it will be accepting applications for parole by foreign entrepreneurs under the International Entrepreneur Rule. Here's what you need to know.

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I-9 Phishing Scam Hits Employers

The USCIS is warning of a new phishing scam targeting I-9 employers via email. Here's what you need to know and how to protect your business.

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

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

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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10 Steps to Staying I-9 Compliant

As an employer, you’re obligated to remain in compliance regarding your employees’ legal right to work in the U.S. Here's a checklist to navigate these duties.

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

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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How to Find a Job in the United States

As the 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 a better life.

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How to Bring My Parents to the United States

If you're interested in bringing your parents to live and work in the U.S. as permanent residents, these are the steps and requirements.

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How Do I Apply for a US Visa Stamp?

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

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Hiring Foreign Nationals: For Youth

Hiring foreign nationals can give you the pros of young workforce, without the cons. Most H-1B petitions filed are for workers between ages 25 and 34.

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Everything You Need to Know About Hiring Foreign Nationals in the Trump Era

No one knows exactly what hiring foreign nationals is going to look like next month, much less next year. Arm yourself with the emerging facts.

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Hiring Foreign Nationals: For Independence & Maturity

When hiring a foreign national, whether they've been living in the U.S. or still reside in their home country, know that they're willing to go the extra mile.

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Hiring Foreign Nationals: For Commitment

As an employer, hiring foreign nationals is a fantastic opportunity to build a committed and engaged workforce. Your company will not just be a stepping stone.

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

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

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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H-1B Visa Guide: Eligibility, Availability, & Validity

The H-1B visa is an employment-based visa option. This guide details who is eligible for the H-1B visa, how many H-1Bs are available, how long is an H-1B valid, and more.

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H-1B Trends Revealed in Push for "Transparency"

While the H-1B program has its critics, new data published by the USCIS reveals that its usage is only growing stronger with each fiscal year.

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

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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Common RFE Situations & How to Handle Them

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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H-1B Premium Processing Suspended for FY 2019

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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Understanding the New Multiple H-1B Petitions Rule

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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Handling H-1B Layoff & Termination

It’s never an easy decision to lay off an H-1B employee, but layoffs happen, and you need to know your obligations as an employer.

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USCIS Policy Memo Draws Major H-1B Lawsuit

A USCIS policy memo from February imposes additional requirements on employers seeking to place H-1B visa holders at customer worksites. The memo has seen much objection, and resulted in the filing of a major lawsuit by the Small and Medium Enterprise Consortium.

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Handling Workplace Harassment of an H-1B Employee

Harassment and unfair treatment of an H-1B emloyee in the workplace needs to be handled and reported in an official way. Consider the employee's rights, and how your HR department can be prepared if such an event arises.

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H-1B Cap Post-Filing FAQ

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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