IMG Physicians: Negotiating your work visa sponsorship

 If you’re an IMG physician, you have an extra job-search consideration—you seek not only employment but also an employer who will sponsor your visa. Here’s what you need to know about finding a willing sponsor. When searching for job opportunities, physicians have tons of considerations—location, compensation, paid time off, work schedule, quality of life and more. But most IMG physicians have a...
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Visas: Increased Wait Times to Get Visas at U.S. Consular Posts in India

Visas: Increased Wait Times to Get Visas at U.S. Consular Posts in India U.S. Consular Posts in India are currently experiencing extraordinary wait times for nonimmigrant visa (NIV) interview appointments. At the time of this writing, the current wait times for all NIV categories other than B, F, and J are: Chennai - 75 days Hyderabad - 93 days Kolkata - 96 days Mumbai - 88 days ...
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Texas Loses Case Over Syrian Refugee Resettlement

Texas Loses Case Over Syrian Refugee Resettlement A U.S. federal court threw out all claims against the International Rescue Committee and the federal defendants in a case brought by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, which claimed that the government had breached a “statutory duty” by preventing Texas from getting information to examine the “security risk” presented by refugees befo...
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Tech Union Blasts DHS’ Revised Work Rule For Foreign Grads

Tech Union Blasts DHS' Revised Work Rule For Foreign Grads The new rule extending work authorization for recent F-1 foreign grads in STEM fields is under attack again.  The Washington Alliance of Technology Workers recently sued the government, claiming it exceeded its authority by  allowing F-1 student to extend their initial 12-month Optional Practical Training, or OPT, period by an 24 months f...
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Justice Department Settles Claims Against Barrios Street Realty Inc. for Discriminating Against U.S. Workers

Justice Department Settles Claims Against Barrios Street Realty Inc. for Discriminating Against U.S. Workers The Justice Department recently reached a historic settlement agreement with Barrios Street Realty Inc., a company based in Lockport, Louisiana.  The agreement resolves claims that the company and its agent, Jorge Arturo Guerrero Rodriguez, discriminated against U.S. workers by preferring ...
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Netjets Services Fined $41,480 in Immigration-Related Discrimination Settlement

Netjets Services Fined $41,480 in Immigration-Related Discrimination Settlement The Justice Department recently announced that it has reached an agreement with NetJets Services Inc. (NetJets), a business that provides private aviation services based out of Columbus, Ohio.  The agreement resolves allegations that NetJets violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationali...
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Ann Massey Badmus and Celsa Rodriguez-Story Join Scheef & Stone

Scheef & Stone LLP is pleased to announce Ann Massey Badmus, partner, and Celsa Rodriguez-Story, have joined the firm, in its Frisco location.  Both Badmus and Rodriguez-Story are experienced immigration attorneys, a practice area the firm is excited to add to its offerings in response to client demand. “Scheef & Stone is well known for our strategic, managed growth,” said John Scheef, ...
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Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in U.S. v. Texas – Government Makes Strong Case for Moving DAPA Forward

  Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in U.S. v. Texas Government Makes Strong Case for Moving DAPA Forward From the American Immigration Council Washington D.C. - Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Texas. The highest court will now decide whether the President’s deferred action initiatives announced in November 2014, known as expanded DACA and DAPA, ...
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Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9), Remains Effective after March 31, 2016.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the current Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, Remains Effective After March 31, 2016 Until further notice, employers should continue using Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. This current version of the form continues to be effective even after the Office of Management and Budget control number expiration date of M...
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H-1B Lottery

USCIS confirmed to AILA that standard procedures will apply for the FY2017 lottery: If more than enough H-1Bs are received during the first 5 business days in April, a random lottery will be conducted for petitions received during that time period for first the master’s and then the regular cap. As it does each year, on March 16, 2016, USCIS announced that it would begin accepting H-1B cap-subj...
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