Business Immigration

U.S. Declares an Additional 20,000 H-2B Visas to Help Employers Fill Seasonal Jobs – Act Fast!

The U.S. will grant an additional 20,000 H-2B visas for the first half of the fiscal year to address the labor shortage. The move is intended to provide relief to U.S. employers having difficulty finding employees. The H-2B nonimmigrant program permits employers to temporarily hire nonimmigrants to perform nonagricultural labor or[…]

DHS Expands STEM OPT Program

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expanded the number of students eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. DHS published on January 21, 2022 a Federal Register notice announcing that “The Secretary of Homeland Security is amending the DHS STEM Designated Degree Program List[…]

USCIS Expands Premium Processing Service to E-3 Petitioners

On February 24, 2021, the USCIS announced that it would expand premium processing services to include change of status or extension of status petitions for E-3 nonimmigrant visa classification for Australian nationals. This expansion of the premium processing option is effective immediately. Classification for E-3 nonimmigrant visa status applies only to Australian nationals who:[…]