Mark A Ivener, A Law Corporation

Category: H1B

FY 2013 H-1B Filing Season Rapidly Approaches

Beginning on Monday, April 2, 2012 (because April 1 is a Sunday), employers may file cap-subject H-1B petitions for fiscal year (FY) 2013, for employment starting on October 1, 2012, or later. On November 22, 2011, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the statutory cap for FY… Read More

SSA Inspector General Finds Anomalies in H-1B Workers’ Use of Social Security Numbers

The Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report (PDF) in September on H-1B workers’ use of Social Security Numbers (SSNs) that could result in more close monitoring of status violations by H-1B workers and potential liability for H-1B employers. Based on the results of the review, the OIG estimated that… Read More

USCIS Implements H-1B, L-1 Fee Increases

On August 13, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law provisions to increase certain H-1B and L-1 petition fees. Effective immediately, the provisions require an additional fee of $2,000 for certain H-1B petitions and $2,250 for certain L-1A and L-1B petitions postmarked on or after August 14, 2010. The increases will remain in effect through… Read More

New Publications and Items of Interest

News about new publications pertaining to H-1B and InfoPass.

Lawsuit Challenges H-1B Memo on Employer-Employee Relationship

The group filing the lawsuit argues that denials are being issued under the memo’s guidance for beneficiaries whose visa applications were approved previously under the regulatory criteria.