Visas. Legal news and articles for February 25 - 28, 2015

Filipinos in UAE warned not to buy illegal visasWork permits for H-4 spouses of H-1B visa holdersHow Can Spouses of H1-B Visa Holders Apply to Work in the US?H-E-B files immigration suit over worker's statusImmigration attorney: H1-B visa changes will benefit - and may create - tech ...H-1B Visa Season (And Employment Authorization For Certain H-4 Spouses) Is ...Obama's latest immigration tinkering targets guest-worker spouses caught in limboSpouses of certain H-1B visa workers will now be eligible for employment...DHS Extends Employment Authorization to Spouses of H1-B Visa HoldersNew work permit rule expected to have limited effect locallyThe US government finally lifts the curse of the 'golden cage' visaNew Rule Allows Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders to WorkH-1B visa holders' wives can now work in USWork permits on the way for some H1B tech workers' spousesUK firms use 1.8m zero-hours contracts, says ONS

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USA TODAYFebruary 2, 2015

Likewise, Silicon Valley firms are always trying to relax visas for tech workers so as to push American wages in that sector down, because that's what immigration does to wages. Like this ... In the 1950s, only one in 20 needed a license for employment...more »

Highly Paid IT Workers Losing Jobs to Cheaper H-1B Visa Holders From India
Headlines & Global NewsFebruary 5, 2015

In all, some 400 IT employees are expected to be laid off, potentially illegally, and replaced by less-skilled, but cheaper, H-1B visa holders from India, reported Computer World. The U.S. workers then often have to train their replacements. About 100 ...more »

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Filipinos in UAE warned not to buy illegal visas
The NationalFebruary 28, 2015

ABU DHABI // Filipinos who are unable to find work or have left their jobs to run a business have resorted to buying UAE visas despite the risks of jail time and deportation. A recent case involving a Filipina caught with an illegally acquired visa has ...more »

Work permits for H-4 spouses of H-1B visa holders
Asianjournal.comFebruary 28, 2015

ON February 24, 2015, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that on May 26, 2015 it will accept applications to grant employment eligibility to certain H–4 spouses married to H–1B workers. Although this new rule was announced by ...more »

How Can Spouses of H1-B Visa Holders Apply to Work in the US?
Wall Street Journal (blog)February 27, 2015

The United States' decision to allow the spouses of people holding H-1B visas to work was welcomed by the thousands of bored husbands and wives who have followed their partners to America only to be kept from working. But does this latest twist in the ...more »

H-E-B files immigration suit over worker's status
San Antonio Express-NewsFebruary 27, 2015

That extension, the employee's second, was based on the argument that she was eligible to go beyond the typical time allowed on H-1B visas because of her husband's status. It's an argument that Nancy Shivers, a San Antonio immigration and nationality ...more »

Immigration attorney: H1-B visa changes will benefit - and may create - tech ...
GeekWireFebruary 26, 2015

On Tuesday, DHS followed up on a November promise by President Barack Obama to extend employment authorization for visa holders. Starting May 26, spouses — who currently can't seek a job with their own (H-4) visas — will be able to apply for work ...more »

H-1B Visa Season (And Employment Authorization For Certain H-4 Spouses) Is ...
JD Supra (press release)February 26, 2015

H-1B visa season is upon us, and Wiggin and Dana would like to encourage employers subject to the annual visa quota (or cap) to evaluate potential employee candidates as soon as possible. The demand for H-1B visas remains high, and the yearly cap for ...more »

Obama's latest immigration tinkering targets guest-worker spouses caught in limbo
QuartzFebruary 26, 2015

However, a rule that limits immigration from any one country to 7% of all immigrant visas issue means that nationals applying from the largest countries face daunting backlogs. In 2015, the government will issue just 144,000 employment-related ...more »

Spouses of certain H-1B visa workers will now be eligible for employment...
HR.BLR.comFebruary 26, 2015

The H1-B, or highly-skilled worker, visa is the most commonly discussed and highly-sought employment-based nonimmigrant visa. The number of visas available each year is closely capped—20,000 for applicants holding master's degrees and 65,000 for ...more »

DHS Extends Employment Authorization to Spouses of H1-B Visa Holders
The New AmericanFebruary 26, 2015

Allowing the spouses of these visa holders to legally work in the United States makes perfect sense. It helps U.S. businesses keep their highly skilled workers by increasing the chances these workers will choose to stay in this country during the ...more »

New work permit rule expected to have limited effect locally
San Antonio Express-NewsFebruary 26, 2015

But many companies do not seek the labor certification until the fifth or sixth year, Shivers said, because receiving the certification allows the H1-B visa worker to seek employment at other U.S. companies without losing his or her place in line for ...more »

The US government finally lifts the curse of the 'golden cage' visa
PRIFebruary 25, 2015

The Obama administration announced on Wednesday that it's tweaking the rules of the H-4 visa, the visa issued to spouses of H-1B holders, allowing some of them to work legally in the United States starting in May. Under the new rules, spouses will be ...more »

New Rule Allows Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders to Work
NBCNews.comFebruary 25, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that certain H-4 visa holders will be eligible for employment authorization beginning May 26, 2015. Currently, those visa holders - dependent spouses and children of H-1B visa holders - are not ...more »

H-1B visa holders' wives can now work in US
Hindustan TimesFebruary 25, 2015

“The inability of those spouses until now to apply for employment, to seek and obtain employment, has imposed in many cases significant hardships on the families of H-1B visa holders,” said Leon Rodriguez, director of US Citizenship and Immigration ...more »

Work permits on the way for some H1B tech workers' spouses
Seattle GlobalistFebruary 25, 2015

Instead, eight years after she married and left that job to join her engineer husband in the Seattle area, the 32-year-old has not been able to work because the kind of visa she holds as the spouse of an H-1B worker doesn't permit employment. “I was ...more »

UK firms use 1.8m zero-hours contracts, says ONS
BBC NewsFebruary 25, 2015

Zero-hours contracts do not guarantee a minimum number of hours of employment. Some workers and unions are unhappy that staff can simply be sent home if there is no work to be done. But supporters of the contracts like the flexibility that they can offer.more »

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