There are going to be some changes to the
H-1B application procedure for individuals interested in changing locations in their
job in 2015. Hi, it’s Michael Niren immigration lawyer and founder of VisaPlace.com. There
has been some proposals put forward to change some of the rules with respect to H-1B visas.
H-1B visas are for individuals in specialty occupations to come to United States on work
permits for American employers. The changes are that, there’s going to be
$325 additional fee for individuals who are on H-1Bs who change work sites, who work off
in areas that are not originally envisioned by the original application. How it works
is that a labor condition application amendment has to be filed with the appropriate fee.
Now, there are a lot more details that have to be put forward, but this is going to be
a burden on employers. Let’s call it a tax and not only the fee has to be filed, but
legal fees also have to be paid. And it’s gonna cause more trouble than it’s worth. It’s hard enough for American employers to
hire and get approved for visas for foreign nationals, a much needed part of the American
labor force. And now the government is imposing this added burden. Also, the law will be retrospective
for individuals who have changed locations, I believe prior to May 21st. So in any event,
more developments will inevitably come from this, and we will let you know what transpires.
But I don’t call this good news, I just call this an added burden, a tax grab if you will.
I don’t see how it’s necessary. In any event, it’s something that we as a
law firm have to deal with, and we will deal with it to help our clients, our foreign nationals,
and our American employers. Hope you liked this video. If you did, click “Like” and always
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