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. 

USCIS Begins Notifying 2022 H-1B Pre-Registration Winners

By |2022-03-28T20:23:54+00:00March 28th, 2022|H-1B, H-1B cap, H-1B lottery, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, USCIS, Wage Requirements|

USCIS has begun notifying successful H-1B Cap Lottery "winners" and their attorneys via their USCIS online accounts.  If your registration was selected and you are looking for an attorney to file your H-1B petition, please contact E&M Mayock at or call 415-765-5111.

USCIS Rolls Out 2022 H-1B Pre-Registration Program

By |2022-01-31T19:29:31+00:00January 31st, 2022|H-1B, H-1B cap, H-1B lottery, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, USCIS, Wage Requirements|

USCIS is now rolling out its H-1B Pre-Registration program for the 2022 lottery. USCIS will open registration during a 18-day period from Tuesday, March 1st until Friday, March 18.

Biden Rolls Out the Red Carpet for STEM Grads and Entrepreneurs

By |2022-01-25T14:48:20+00:00January 25th, 2022|F-1 STEM, Green Cards, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, J-1, NIW, Nonimmigrant Visas, O-1A, STEM|

On January 21, 2022, the Biden administration announced updated policies designed to enhance immigration opportunities for foreign nationals in STEM fields - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

2022 H-1B Professional Visa “Cap Season” Details

By |2022-01-06T19:38:24+00:00January 6th, 2022|H-1B, H-1B cap, H-1B lottery, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, International, Nonimmigrant Visas|

Get ready for H-1B Cap Season 2022 now. All 2022 H-1B Cap cases must complete a Pre-Registration process for inclusion. E&M Mayock’s Pre-Registration Program includes a attorney review and Pre-Registration filing with USCIS Citizenship & Immigration Services. The all-inclusive fee for this first step is $500.Please complete our H-1B Inquiry Form if you would like us to move forward with H-1B Cap Pre-Registration.

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.

Biden Administration Updates COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

By |2021-10-26T14:07:05+00:00October 26th, 2021|Immigration, Immigration Regulations, International, Nonimmigrant Visas, Travel Ban|

Starting on November 8, 2021, non-citizen, non-immigrant air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the U.S., with only limited exceptions.

Revised COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Announced

By |2021-09-21T19:12:06+00:00September 21st, 2021|Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, Travel Ban, USCIS|

On September 20, 2021, the White House announced that it will rescind the current geographic COVID-19 related travel bans. New vaccination-based requirements for international visitors to the U.S. will be implemented in early November 2021.

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