Preparing for H-1B Season FY 2020: Filing Tips and Pitfalls to Avoid - Recording (.MP3)

Preparing for H-1B Season FY 2020: Filing Tips and Pitfalls to Avoid - Recording (.MP3)

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Recorded 1/31/2019
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format MP3
SKU WS2019-01-31-DL

USCIS has released data indicating that, thus far in fiscal year (FY) 2019, both the increase in lengthy Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and the decline in H-1B approvals continue. In light of the FY 2020 H-1B cap-subject quota season opening on April 1, 2019, our expert panelists will discuss lessons learned in FY 2019 to date, review recent H-1B adjudication trends, recap USCIS memoranda affecting H-1Bs, and identify pre– and post-filing tips to help successfully navigate the increasingly complex H-1B process.

Featured Topics

  • Is a Level 1 Wage Occupation Approvable for All H-1B Professional Positions?
  • Specialty Occupation and Establishing Degree Requirements
  • Recent USCIS Memoranda Affecting H-1Bs
  • Documenting the Employer-Employee Relationship
  • Best Practices and Filing Strategies to Avoid an RFE

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Joseph J. (“JJ”) Shepherd
Joseph J. (“JJ”) Shepherd is an associate in the New York office of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP. He advises employers and individuals on all aspects of U.S. immigration and nationality law, with a particular emphasis on immigration compliance. JJ has extensive experience managing employment-based U.S. immigration programs for multinational corporate clients in the technology, financial services, information media, automotive, research, mining, and video game industries. He also has experience advising and representing individual, corporate and institutional clients in the motion picture and television, arts and entertainment, and higher education industries. JJ currently serves as the Chair of the AILA California Service Center Liaison Committee and as a member of the AILA Service Center Operations (SCOPS) Liaison Committee. He previously served on several other national AILA committees and working groups, and is frequently invited to speak at national conferences and seminars regarding current trends and best practices in U.S. immigration law and policy.

April A. Caminez-Bentley
April A. Caminez-Bentley is an Attorney at the law firm of Messer Caparello, P.A., in Tallahassee, FL. She advises clients on compliance with the government’s I-9 verification requirements and the E-Verify process; provides defense of workplace enforcement actions; facilitates the admission of foreign nationals into the United States for employment purposes in a variety of non-immigrant classifications; assists employers with the sponsoring of foreign nationals employees for legal permanent residence status (including extraordinary ability petitions, outstanding researchers and professors, multinational executives and managers, foreign nationals with advanced degrees and the labor certification process, as well as National Interest Waivers); and counsels clients as to the immigration options available for international investors and physicians. April is an active member in AILA, currently service on the Board of Directors for AILA’s Central Florida Chapter, and on AILA’s USCIS Texas Service Center Liaison Committee and AILA’s Distance Learning Committee for the 2018-19 Term.

James D. Prappas
James D. Prappas is a Director in the Houston, Texas office of Kane Russell Coleman Logan PC. He has over 30 years’ experience representing businesses, families and individuals concerning employment-based immigration, family-based immigration, naturalization, and worksite enforcement matters. He is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and ranked in Chambers USA Guide, Immigration – Texas (2015-2018).

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