Archive for May, 2011

Foreign Affairs Manual Guidance Revised on License Requirements for H-1Bs

5/3/2011 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

On March 31, 2011, the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) was revised to better reflect actual practice by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: The requirements for classification as an H-1B nonimmigrant professional may or may not include a license because States have different rules in this area. If a State permits aliens to enter the United [...]Read More >

Senator Asks for Investigation of B-1 Visa Program

5/3/2011 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) has asked the Departments of State and Homeland Security to investigate the B-1 visa program and its use by employers “to recruit foreign workers who are then not subject to the cap and the prevailing wage requirements of the H-1B program.” In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and [...]Read More >

USCIS Continues To Accept FY 2012 H-1B Petitions

5/1/2011 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 8, 2011, that it continues to accept H-1B nonimmigrant petitions that are subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2012 cap. The agency began accepting these petitions on April 1. USCIS is monitoring the number of petitions received that count toward the congressionally mandated annual H-1B cap [...]Read More >

Feds Crack Down on Employers

5/1/2011 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

In an investigation of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC, asked Chipotle on April 13, 2011, for documentation related to hiring issues at its 1,092 restaurants. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had recently audited Chipotle’s records in several areas, resulting in the company’s firing of [...]Read More >