How do you prove specialized knowledge for an L1B Visa?
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How do you prove specialized knowledge for an L1B Visa?

The L-1B visa classification enables US employers to transfer “Specialized knowledge” employees from an affiliated foreign office to an office in the United States. For the employee to qualify for transfer the employer must establish that the employee meets the minimum requirements for the L-1B visa classification. Find out how to prove your employee meets the L-1B Specialized knowledge requirements.

As an employer, what part of the Form I797 Approval notice do I provide to my employee?
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As an employer, what part of the Form I797 Approval notice do I provide to my employee?

When a petition or application is approved by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) an I-797 Notice of Action is issued. The original I-797 Notice of Action contains two parts. One part is to be retained by the employer and one part is to be retained by the employee. We discuss the USCIS I-797A and I-797B Notices of Actions here.

What is the H-1B Cap Gap Extension and do I qualify?
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What is the H-1B Cap Gap Extension and do I qualify?

In some cases, an F-1 Student’s status and employment authorization expire before the H-1B visa can be issued on Oct. 1. This creates a gap between the expiration of the F-1 status and the beginning of the H-1B visa status. Qualifying F-1 students with a gap before the start of their H-1B visa are allowed to remain in F-1 status under the “H-1B Cap-Gap Extension.” See if you qualify for the H-1B Cap-Gap extension.

Do I need to speak English to get TN visa status?
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Do I need to speak English to get TN visa status?

In the US Mexico Canada Agreement (USCMA) there is no specific requirement for English language ability. However, your ability to speak English may be a factor in considering your ability to perform the duties of the position offered. See how your ability to speak English might impact your TN visa application. 

NVC UPDATE – National Visa Center (NVC) Suspends Public Inquiry Telephone Line
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NVC UPDATE – National Visa Center (NVC) Suspends Public Inquiry Telephone Line

Effective May 23, 2022, the National Visa Center (NVC) has permanently suspended the public inquiry telephone line. You are no longer able to call the NVC to inquire about your pending applications. Find out how the suspension of the NVC telephone line impacts your ability to contact the NVC.

USCIS accepting I-907 upgrades for multinational executive and manager petitions  filed on or before Jan. 1, 2021
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USCIS accepting I-907 upgrades for multinational executive and manager petitions filed on or before Jan. 1, 2021

On June 1, 2022, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began the implementation of premium processing through USCIS Form I-907 for certain pending Form I-140 Immigration Petitions for E13 multinational executive and manager petitions received on or before Jan. 1, 2021. 

What are the best alternatives to the H-1B lottery for employers?
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What are the best alternatives to the H-1B lottery for employers?

It has become increasingly difficult to obtain an H1-B Visa through the annual lottery making it difficult for employers to employ foreign professionals. As an employer, you should be aware of the alternatives to the H-1B lottery when recruiting and hiring foreign talent. Learn about some of the best alternatives to the H-1B visa lottery.

I-94 Expiration Date: Why is it important?
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I-94 Expiration Date: Why is it important?

When you enter the  US temporarily for work or pleasure you are issued an I-94 record of admission.  The I-94 is issued by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and is a record of lawful inspection and admission to the US. It is up to you to verify the terms of your admission on the I-94 and maintain your legal status in the US. We discuss the importance of CBP Form I-94 and your expiration date here.

TN Visa Approved for a Management Consultant with 3 previous Denials!
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TN Visa Approved for a Management Consultant with 3 previous Denials!

Applying for a TN visa at a port of entry is often more complex than it appears. In addition, each time you apply, a record is created making approval more and more difficult. In some cases, it is best to receive advanced approval by mail from US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Read about a recent TN1 visa approval we received for a Management Consultant by mail with USCIS after 3 previous border denials.