Getting Ready for H-1B Season FY 2019: Filing Tips and Pitfalls to Avoid - Recording (.MP3)

Getting Ready for H-1B Season FY 2019: Filing Tips and Pitfalls to Avoid - Recording (.MP3)

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Recorded 01/30/2018
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format MP3
SKU WS2018-01-30-DL

USCIS has released data indicating that, thus far, H-1B approvals were significantly down in fiscal year (FY) 2018. The FY 2019 H-1B cap-subject quota season will open on April 1, 2018, so it’s time for immigration attorneys to get ready for the H-1B season! Our expert panelists will discuss the lessons learned from FY 2018, and review recent H-1B adjudication trends in light of the “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order and the 2017 USCIS Computer Programmer Policy Memorandum. In addition, in order to equip practitioners with best practices and filing strategies, our speakers will identify pre– and post-filing tips to help successfully navigate the increasingly complex H-1B process.

Featured Topics

  • Level 1 and Level 2 Wage Scrutiny
  • Specialty Occupation and Establishing Degree Requirements
  • USCIS Computer Programmer Policy Memorandum
  • “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order and Its Practical Implications
  • The Employer-Employee Relationship: Consulting Companies, Multiple Worksites, and Offsite Employment

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Matthew D. Stump (DL), USCIS Service Center Operations Liaison Committee Chair, Oklahoma City, OK
Matthew D. Stump maintains a focused practice on employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant business visa matters, I-9 and corporate compliance and federal mandamus litigation. He has extensive experience representing industry-leading scientists, professors, artists, musicians, athletes and entrepreneurs as well as counseling corporations, universities, and government agencies on obtaining visas and green cards for foreign-national employees. Mr. Stump’s expertise includes Hs, Ls, TNs, Os, Ps, Es and many other nonimmigrant visa categories as well as extraordinary ability, outstanding researcher, multinational manager, and national interest waiver green card categories. He places special focus on counseling clients through the U.S. Department of Labor Alien Labor Certification (PERM) process. Mr. Stump is Chair of AILA’s Service Center Operations (SCOPS) Liaison Committee and serves as a member of AILA’s HQ Liaison Committee. He served as Chair of AILA's Vermont Service Center Liaison Committee from 2015 to 2017 and has served on AILA's SCOPS, Ombudsman, Interagency, and National Distance Learning Committees.

Jonathan A. Grode, AILA Law Student Outreach Committee Chair, Philadelphia, PA
Jonathan Grode serves as the practice director for the Green and Spiegel’s US Operations. He has worked continuously in the U.S. business immigration law field since 1999 and has amassed considerable experience obtaining nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for new company start-ups, professional workers, artists and entertainers, athletes, physicians, and scientific researchers. In addition, Mr. Grode has significant experience dealing with Department of Labor and Department of Homeland Security enforcement actions as well as with EB-5 Investor filings. In addition, he is an Adjunct Faculty at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law where he teaches business immigration law, advising global corporations, and law practice management.

Joseph J. Shepherd, AILA CSC Liaison Committee Vice Chair, Los Angeles, CA
Joseph J. (“JJ”) Shepherd is a senior associate in the Los Angeles office of Tafapolsky Smith Mehlman LLP. Mr. Shepherd advises employers, investors, and individuals regarding all aspects of U.S. immigration and nationality law. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the AILA CSC Liaison Committee and as a Member of the AILA SCOPS Liaison Committee. He previously served as a Member of the AILA ACES (Athletics, Culture, Entertainment, and Science) Committee (2015-2017), as a Member of the AILA LGBT Immigration Issues Working Group (2014-2015), as a Department of State Liaison for AILA So. Cal. (2016-2017), as a USCIS District 23 Liaison for AILA So. Cal. (2015-2016), as a Congressional Advocacy Liaison for AILA So. Cal. (2014-2015), and as a Founding Member of the LGBT Committee for AILA So. Cal. (2013-2014). Mr. Shepherd has authored numerous articles published by AILA andBender's Immigration Bulletin, including in such distinguished AILA publications as Immigration Options for Artists & Entertainers, 2nd Ed. and the Inside Immigration Monograph Series. Mr. Shepherd is licensed in Massachusetts and practices exclusively immigration and nationality law.

The speaker's/author’s views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker's/author’s experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and experiences may differ from your own.