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Title:

H-1B Visas: Prepare for the 2016 Filing Season and Master Your Immigration Compliance Requirements

SKU:WC-1019125
Date / Time: Recorded
Format: Webinar
Description:

Your organization may find it important to open up your employee recruiting to a global pool of candidates. Employing foreign workers with specialized skills can fill an important business need, but requires advanced immigration process planning.

The annual H1-B filing season is here, and employers that want to employ foreign workers on a temporary basis for the upcoming fiscal year must apply for H1-B visas from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) very soon. USCIS currently grants 65,000 new H1-B petitions annually and an additional (cap-subject) 20,000 petitions to foreign nationals with U.S. master’s (or higher) degrees. Last year, the agency received around 233,000 H-1B cap petitions during the first week of the filing period and was forced to conduct a lottery to select winning petitions. Each year, more and more H1-B petitions get filed and it’s important that yours be ready as soon as USCIS will accept them on April 1, 2016.

Don’t get left out of the H-1B season! Join us when our presenters, both seasoned immigration attorneys, will explain how to complete petitions in a timely manner and what to do if you miss the crucial cap. Also, you’ll gain valuable insight into how to comply with the H-1B process, from recordkeeping requirements to handling day-to-day issues, such as when the worker’s employment can begin, how to handle resignations and terminations, what to do if there is a material change in job duties or work location, and more. This webinar will also highlight any potential changes on the horizon for H-1Bs under immigration reform.

Learning Objectives:

  • The jobs that qualify for the H1-B visa, and how to tell which of your current or future workers will need an H1-B visa
  • Specifics about the H1-B cap, including:
  • Who’s subject to it and for how long
  • What happens if it’s reached
  • What to do if you miss the cap
  • How the cap applies to international students currently working for you, especially those with STEM degrees
  • Who might be exempt from the H1-B cap
  • Best practices for completing LCAs (labor condition applications)
  • The documents you need to keep after filing an H1-B petition
  • Legal tripwires to avoid in the H1-B visa filing process, such as:
  • Delay in start of employment
  • Requiring H-1B workers to pay attorney or filing fees, and recvovering fees if they quit
  • What constitutes a “material” change in job duties requiring filing of a new H1-B petition
  • Whether you can transfer an H1-B worker to another geographic region
  • What happens if the H1-B worker needs to take a leave of absence or is otherwise off your payroll
  • What you should do if the H1-B worker is terminated or quits?
  • How immigration reform measures may affect H1-Bs going forward.
About Your Presenters

Jacob Muklewicz, Esq.
Chair, Employment and Immigration
Kirton McConkie

Attorney Jacob Muklewicz is chair of Kirton McConkieís Employment and Immigration section. He counsels and advises large multinational corporations, local businesses, individual investors and professionals in areas involving employment-based immigration law. Mr. Muklewicz has presented at state bar associations and published articles on topics concerning employment-based immigration and compliance with employment verification regulations.


Elaine YoungElaine Young, Esq.
Partner
Kirton McConkie

Attorney Elaine Young advises helps employers develop I-9 and E-Verify policies, conduct self-audits and respond to I-9 audits, and trains new HR personnel on all aspects of immigration compliance. In addition to I-9 work, she works with large, medium and small businesses with their global migration needs, including helping them hire foreign workers who need U.S. visas, and send U.S. workers on foreign assignments. Elaine is a co-author of BLR’s HR Guide to Employment Law chapter on Immigration and speaks frequently on I-9 and immigration-related topics.

About Webcasts / Audio Conferences / Podcasts:

Webcasts, audio conferences, and podcasts are presentations that you attend via the Internet, phone, or mobile device at a specified date and time for "live" versions, or at your convenience for "recorded" and "On-Demand" versions.

The live versions are interactive, meaning that participants can ask questions in real time, plus are a very cost-effective form of training because 1) you receive fast, convenient learning without any out-of-office time; 2) you can invite as many colleagues as you'd like to listen in on a single phone line; 3) you incur no travel expenses; and 4) you and your colleagues are back at work immediately after the session ends!

And though with recorded versions you do lose the ability to ask questions, you gain the ability to hear the presentation numerous times and to share it with others in your office.

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All US States: 1.5
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H-1B Visas, Immigration Compliance, foreign workers

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