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.
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.
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.
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.
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.