Strategy Tip: Consular Process H-1B to Save FICA Taxes for F-1 Students

By |2022-04-07T21:10:03+00:00April 7th, 2022|EAD, F-1, F-1 STEM, H-1B, H-1B cap, H-1B lottery, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, STEM, USCIS|

How H-1B lotto winners and their employers can save $18,000 or more by keeping STEM OPT until the last minute. Many employers of F-1 Foreign Students are unaware that they need NOT withhold FICA taxes OR make an employer contribution.

USCIS Expands Premium Processing

By |2022-03-29T15:42:23+00:00March 29th, 2022|EAD, I-539, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Premium Processing, USCIS|

On March 30, 2022, the Biden administration will publish a final rule implementing the long overdue expansion of Premium Processing for employment-based immigration applications. 

Settlement Provides Best Practice for Immigration Queries During Hiring Process

By |2021-12-14T20:28:06+00:00December 14th, 2021|Citizenship, Citizenship discrimination, EAD, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, International, Nonimmigrant Visas|

A recent settlement between Microsoft Corporation and the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division provides guidance to companies for avoiding discrimination liability when screening candidates for immigration work authorization as part of their hiring process.

H-4, L-2 and E-2 Spouses Will Benefit from New EAD Rules

By |2021-11-16T15:51:21+00:00November 16th, 2021|E-2 Treaty Investor, EAD, H-4, H-4 EAD, I-539, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, International, Nonimmigrant Visas|

Foreign national spouses in H-4, L-2 and E-2 status will now benefit from new interpretations of rules regarding employment authorization.  On November 12, 2021, USCIS issued a Policy Alert granting L-2 and E-2 spouses employment authorization incident to status and providing automatic extensions of employment authorization documents (EADs) for a small segment of H-4 spouses.

USCIS Suspends Collection of Biometrics for H-4 and L-2 Applications

By |2021-05-06T15:22:05+00:00May 6th, 2021|E-1 Treaty Trader, E-2 Treaty Investor, E-3, EAD, H-1B, I-129, I-539, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, L-1A Visa, Nonimmigrant Visas, USCIS|

On May 3, 2021, USCIS announced its intention to suspend the collection of biometrics for applications submitted by the dependents of nonimmigrant workers in the H-4, L-2, and E-1, E-2, and E-3 categories effective 5/17/21. 

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