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Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Certain Non-Immigrants

On June 22, 2020, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending and limiting the U.S. entry of foreign nationals on H-1B, H-2B, J (as intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program) and L visas and any individuals accompanying or following to join them.

The proclamation applies to those who are outside the U.S. on June 24, 2020 and do not have such non-immigrant visa or official travel document that is valid on that day.

The suspension and limitation on entry does not apply to lawful permanent residents, spouses and children of the U.S. citizens, essential workers, individuals whose entry would be in the national interest.

The proclamation shall expire on December 31, 2020, and may be continued.

Please note that this article does not constitute a legal advice.  We simplified the law in order to outline the Proclamation.  If you would like to discuss how does this Proclamation affect you, call our experienced Immigration Attorney at 480-425-2009 or contact an experienced Immigration Attorney via our website to schedule a consultation. We look forward to talking with you and helping you analyze the effect of the Proclamation and your alternatives.

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H-1B petition approval in 3 weeks

My client is a global marketing and branding company and filed a H-1B petition for a position of an Interior Designer.  The H-1B registration was selected in the H-1B lottery.  The Client was very cooperative and provided all documents necessary to show to the USCIS satisfaction that the Interior Designer is a specialty occupation according to the regulations.  In this case, the Petitioner (Client) normally requires a degree or its equivalent for the position and a baccalaureate or higher degree or its equivalent is normally the minimum requirement for entry into the position of the Interior Designer.   The position of the Interior Designer is also so complex that it can be performed only by an individual with a degree.

The client provided documents related to the position and showing that the Beneficiary (Employee) meets the requirements for the position.   The Beneficiary has a Master of Interior Architecture and has been working for the Client as a junior Interior Designer on her OPT.   My client was very happy to receive the approval just in 3 weeks, especially for entry level position.  Congratulations!

Please note that this case study does not constitute a legal advice.  We simplified the law in order to outline the H-1B process.  If you would like to discuss if you may qualify for H-1B status, call our experienced H-1B visa attorney at 480-425-2009 or contact an experienced H-1B attorney via our website to schedule a consultation. We look forward to discussing how we can help you obtain your H-1B visa

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H-1B visa for a Business Analyst approved

Our client is a citizen of China and was offered a position of a Business Analyst by a manufacturer of body armor safety products. We were happy that we did not have to go to court like other lawyers who had to previously challenge the flawed denial of H-1B petition for the same position. We submitted the court decision directing the USCIS to change status to H-1B and finding that the USCIS has failed to meet the fundamental threshold for rational decision making.

The Business Analyst analyzes sales trends, seasonal trends, inventory to provide insights on ways the business can drive sales and provides tools to the manufacturing, marketing and sales team to better project performance and highest areas of opportunity.

The position of Business Analyst is a specialty occupation as defined in section 214(i)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and 8 CFR 214.2(h)(4)(ii)(A). It meets more than one of the four criteria in 8 CFR 214.2(h)(4)(iii).  Under 8 CFR 214.2(h)(4)(iii), to qualify as a specialty occupation, the position must meet one of the following criteria:

(a) A baccalaureate or higher degree or its equivalent is normally the minimum requirement for entry into the particular position;

(b) The degree requirement is common to the industry in parallel positions among similar organizations or, in the alternative, an employer may show that its particular position is so complex or unique that it can be performed only by an individual with a degree;

(c) The employer normally requires a degree or its equivalent for the position; or

(d) The nature of the specific duties are so specialized and complex that knowledge required to perform the duties is usually associated with the attainment of a baccalaureate or higher degree.

In this case, we provided evidence that a baccalaureate or higher degree or its equivalent is normally the minimum requirement for entry into the position of Business Analyst, the degree requirement is common to the industry in parallel positions among similar organizations and the position of the Business Analyst is so complex or unique that it can be performed only by an individual with a degree. 

Please note that this article does not constitute a legal advice.  We simplified the law in order to outline the H-1B process.  If you would like to discuss if you may qualify for H-1B status, call our experienced H-1B attorney at 480-425-2009 or contact an experienced H-1B attorney via our website to schedule a consultation. We look forward to discussing how we can help you obtain your H-1B visa.