The Star Tribune publishes Attorney Sam Myer and Sarah Peterson’s Counterpoint explaining how the H-1B Program already contains significant employer-paid fees to train US workers. The H-1B program also contains significant US worker protections. The piece urges us to be informed on the parameters of the existing program so that we can have informed conversations on important improvements, […]
On April 18th, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order (“EO”) titled, “Buy American And Hire American.” President Trump states that the intent of this EO is to “create higher wages and employment rates for workers in the United States, and to protect their economic interests.” While this is, and should always be, the foundation […]
On April 17th, 2017, USCIS announced that it ran the FY 2018 H-1B cap lottery. USCIS confirmed that it received only 199,000 H-1B cap petitions for the 85,000 available slots. This figure is a substantial decrease from FY 2017 when USCIS received 236,000 Petitions. USCIS also reiterated that it is still implementing a ban on […]
SPS Immigration Attorney Sarah Peterson was recently quoted in the U.S. News & World Report’s article, “How Foreign Health Providers Impact U.S. Health Care.”
International Medical Graduates play a critical role in our nation’s ability to provide adequate medical care, particularly to our nation’s most needy. USCIS’ recent suspension of premium processing of H-1B Petitions directly impacts […]
The United States District Court for the District of Hawaii issued a Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”) on President Trump’s Executive Order (“EO”) entitled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” This TRO prevents the government from enforcing sections 2 and 6 of the EO, and is national in scope. Section […]
Friday afternoon, March 10th, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) temporarily withdrew a recently-published PERM FAQ on Section H.14 that mandates employers quantify any experience listed on the ETA Form 9089. DOL is clarifying and will be republishing this PERM FAQ in the future.
The PERM process is a test of the U.S. Labor Market by […]
Klobuchar, Collins, Heitkamp Urge U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to Continue Premium Processing for Doctors Participating in the Conrad 30 Program
Today Senators Klobuchar, Collins, Heitkamp urged U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) to Continue Premium Processing for Doctors Participating in the Conrad 30 Program. These Senators have championed the fight for strong immigration policies for International Medical Graduates (“IMGT”) and we are thrilled to see their leadership on this issue.
On Friday, March 3, USCIS announced […]
On Monday, March 6th, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a new FAQ on unquantified experience as listed in section H.14 of ETA Form 9089, which takes effect March 20, 2017. The FAQ changes decades of employer recruitment practice by requiring employers to quantify any skill set required to perform the job, as listed […]
USCIS just announced that it is suspending the premium processing option for all H-1B Petitions, starting April 3, 2017. This includes all FY18 H-1B Cap cases and all H-1B cases that are cap exempt.
SPS Immigration urges employers who know of H-1B transfer cases or H-1B extension cases to file prior to March 30, 2017 to […]
Federal Court of Appeals continues to permit U.S. entry by refugees and individuals from the seven countries
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decided to continue to Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”) on President Trump’s ban. This means that refugees and individuals from the seven designated countries can continue to enter the U.S. The government can request the U.S. Supreme Court to review this decision but it would take […]