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Former DOS Chief of Immigrant Visa Control Charlie Oppenheim Joins WR Immigration as Director of Visa Consulting

Santa Monica, CA – Former U.S. Department of State (DOS) Chief of Immigrant Visa Control has joined WR Immigration as Director of Visa Consulting. Charlie Oppenheim will lead WR’s Government Relations Group and share his deep knowledge explaining the numerical control process. For over two decades, Charlie was the person responsible for the monthly and […]

Immigration Planning: Preparing for a Global Recession?

By Laura Bloniarz, Senior Associate, WR Immigration Whether it’s called downsizing, rightsizing, streamlining, layoff, “redundancies”, reduction in force, off-boarding, force reduction, re-engineering – it’s all the same employment action, and any type of non-voluntary termination of employment at your company has an impact on your company’s immigration program. All of these considerations and more are […]

WR Immigration Managing Partner Named “Global Elite” Thought Leader by Who’s Who Legal

On November 30th, 2022, Who’s Who Legal (WWL) released its 2023 “Thought Leaders: Global Elite” with WR Immigration Managing Partner Bernie Wolfsdorf being recognized. WWL Thought Leaders: Global Elite brings together the insight, expertise and wisdom of some of the world’s foremost lawyers and experts in a single report, featuring Q&As with dozens of eminent practitioners across […]

Dept. of Labor Announces Additional Listening Sessions on H-2A Program

The Department of Labor (DOL) previously announced that it intends to engage in additional rulemaking concerning the H-2A visa program for the temporary agricultural employment of foreign workers. DOL initially announced it would conduct two public virtual listening sessions to gather input about possible changes to the H-2A regulations. The agency has added two more […]

Immigration Update

In this edition, find the latest news on certain Afghan and Ukrainian parolees becoming immediately work authorized, Title 42 being blocked as of December 21, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ announcement that it will only be accepting the 8/19/22 edition of Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions. USCIS Says Certain Afghan and Ukrainian […]

WR Immigration Partners Named “Thought Leaders” by Who’s Who Legal

On October 31st, 2022, Who’s Who Legal (WWL) released its 2023 “Thought Leaders” in Corporate Immigration with WR Immigration Managing Partner Bernie Wolfsdorf and Partners Audrey Lustgarten and Avi Friedman all being recognized. WWL Thought Leaders: Corporate Immigration brings together the world’s foremost practitioners in the area. Through interviews with the practitioners themselves, WWL’s Thought Leaders guide […]

December 2022 Visa Bulletin – Update

On Thursday, November 17th, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) confirmed that it will honor the State Department’s Date for Filing chart from the State Department’s December 2022 Visa Bulletin. The December 2022 Visa Bulletin was released late in the monthly cycle which may be a sign that USCIS and State Department were wrestling with […]

Webinar: H-1B Cap Season – How the Current Economic Climate Will Affect this Season

The time for fiscal year 2024 H-1B cap season planning is now! WR Immigration attorneys Miki Kawashima Matrician and Naveen Rahman Bhora speak on the upcoming H-1B cap season and the effects of the current economic climate on it. Topics Covered Include:

H-1B Cap Season: Employer Considerations in the Event of a Recession

By Miki Kawashima Matrician, Co-Managing Partner, WR Immigration Boston As fiscal year (FY) 2024 H-1B cap season begins, many employers are looking to how the current economic climate could affect their immigration plans. Here are a few considerations. For a complete overview, please see a recording of a November 17 webinar from WR Immigration. Watch […]

Immigration Update

In this edition, find the latest news on the Department of Homeland Security’s list of countries eligible for H-2A and H-2B programs, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s discontinuation of passport entry stamps, the Department of State’s announcement of resumption of interviews for all immigrant visas in Havana, and more. DHS Releases List of Countries […]

Webinar: U.S. Green Card Strategies for Biotechnology Companies

WR Immigration attorneys Miki Kawashima Matrician, Melissa Harms, and Julie Galvin continue the conversation offering the latest winning immigration strategies for HR professionals. This time our team discusses U.S. Green Cards strategies and how employers in the biotech industry and how they can adapt their immigration program accordingly. Topics Covered Include:

EB-5 Project Due Diligence, After the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022

EB-5 is a job creation program, with an immigration benefit.  The full immigration benefit does not come unless the job creation occurs first.  From both an immigration and financial/investment perspective, it is critical that immigrant investors perform due diligence on EB-5 projects in the market.  With the passage of the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act […]