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February Monthly Newsletter

Posted February 3, 2015Firm News, H-1B, Monthly Newsletters

Our February monthly newsletter has been published.

The following subjects are covered:

  • It's time to plan for the H-1B cap
  • Apply for F-1 OPT STEM Extensions Regardless of H-1B Sponsorship
  • H-4 EAD Rule Will Be Implemented Soon
  • Quarterly reports on foreign national employees
  • EB-3 and EB-2 for Chinese nationals
  • DHS Considering “Known Employer” Pilot Program to Aid U.S.-Canada Business Travel

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H-2B Cap For First Half of 2015 Reached

Posted February 2, 2015Articles
USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated limit, or “cap” on the total number of foreign nationals who may seek a visa or otherwise obtain H-2B status for the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2015. Jan. 26, 2015 was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date prior to April 1, 2015.
 
The H-2B cap is set at 66,000 visas per year, with 33,000 allocated to each half of the year (October 1 - March 31 and April 1 - September 30).
 
The USCIS will still accept petitions for short-term labor starting on April 1, 2015.

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Inc. Magazine Recognizes the Importance of Immigrant Entrepreneurs to the US Economy

Posted January 29, 2015Matthew Meltzer Articles, Entrepreneurship, Immigration Reform

Here at Meltzer Hellrung we strive to create immigration solutions for foreign entrepreneurs and company owners. We recognize that these individuals are an important part of America's dynamic economy. Inc. Magazine this month recognized this reality as well:

Despite accounting for only about 13 percent of the population, immigrants now start more than a quarter of new businesses in this country. Fast-growing ones, too--more than 20 percent of the 2014 Inc. 500 CEOs are immigrants. Immigrant-owned businesses pay an estimated $126 billion in wages per year, employing 1 in 10 Americans who work for private companies. In 2010, immigrant-owned businesses generated more than $775 billion in sales. If immigrant America were a stock, you'd be an idiot not to buy it.

Yet U.S. immigration policy has largely ignored the contribution of immigrant-launched businesses. Despite the bipartisan popularity of business-friendly proposals, including increasing the cap on H-1B work visas for skilled workers and creating a visa category for venture-backed entrepreneurs, the public debate frequently devolves into shouting matches over whether people should be deported and how quickly.

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Executive Actions on Immigration Update

Posted January 29, 2015Articles, Entrepreneurship, Green Card, H-1B, Immigration Reform

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions designed to modernize the U.S. immigration system and make better use of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's limited resources. The following is a summary of the most pertinent initiatives and updates regarding their implementation.

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Meltzer Hellrung is Proud to Work with Stern Deeds to Sponsor O-1 Visas

Posted January 28, 2015Articles, Firm News

We are excited to work with Stern Deeds to provide legal assistance in sponsoring individuals for O-1 visas. To come to the United States and work in the arts you need to demonstrate exceptional ability, opportunity to work, and you must have a sponsor. Stern Deeds acts as an agent and sponsor for talented individuals to pursue work in the US on O-1 visas.

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