Archive for March, 2011

DHS, DOS Establish Annotated B-1 Visa for Foreign Maritime Workers Applying for ID Program

3/23/2011 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

The Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and State (DOS) have announced the creation of an annotated version of the B-1 visa that will make foreign maritime workers eligible to apply for a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). The TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric identification card that maritime workers must obtain to gain unrestricted access to [...]Read More >

DOS Releases New Guidance on L Visas, Specialized Knowledge

3/13/2011 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

The Department of State (DOS) released a new cable in January to all diplomatic and consular posts on guidelines for L visa adjudications, particularly in regard to evaluating claims of “specialized knowledge.” DOS noted “concern about the potential for inconsistent adjudicatory standards at different constituent posts,” and said that “clear standards would allow for more [...]Read More >

E-Verify Self-Check Going Live in March

3/1/2011 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is establishing a new self-check process for E-Verify, effective March 18, 2011. The self-check process is voluntary and available to any individual who wants to check his or her own work authorization status before employment and facilitate correction of errors in federal databases (such as those of the Social [...]Read More >

Labor Dept. Board Rules against Company for Failing to Pay H-1B Worker for Travel Time

3/1/2011 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

The Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB) ruled on January 31, 2011, against a medical software company, Integrated Informatics, Inc., for failing to pay an H-1B nonimmigrant computer programmer for two days of traveling for a work project. The ARB rejected the company’s argument that it had a policy of withholding payment for travel. [...]Read More >