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Gerald P. Goulder

Gerald Goulder’s Legal Guides

33 total

  • Changing H-1B Employers is More Than a “Simple Transfer”

    When an employee in H-1B status seeks to change employers the H-1 B status is not transferred from one employer to another employer because H-1B status is not transferable from one employer to another

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  • USCIS Revises Form I-693, "Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record”

    Effective July 26, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will only accept the latest version of the report of medical examination and vaccination record (I-693 form). This versio

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  • USCIS Seeks to Expand Eligibility for Provisional (Stateside) Unlawful Presence Waivers

    Provisional (stateside) unlawful presence waivers may soon be expanded to include all foreign nationals who are statutorily eligible for an immigrant visa and a waiver of inadmissibility based on unla

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  • What is H-1B "Cap-Gap"?

    The "cap-gap" addresses F students whose OPT-employment authorization ends on or after April 1, but does not extend to the October 1st H-1B employment start date; cap gap extends the authorized period

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  • Best Tips for Entrepreneur H-1B Petitions

    Generally, USCIS has been rigid not approving H-1B petitions from employers where the beneficiary-employee is also the majority owner. As a result, it has long been difficult to secure approval of an

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  • Certain H-4 Nonimmigrants May Soon Be Eligible for Employment

    Spouses of foreign nationals in H-1B visa classification, under current US immigration law, are not permitted to accept employment. A nonimmigrant spouse or child of an H-1B principal visa holder is c

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  • Serious Immigration Consequences for Marijuana Possession Despite State Law Changes

    Recently I have met with several clients wanting to discuss the impact of marijuana legalization or decriminalization on immigration status. Several states have legalized or decriminalized recreationa

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  • STEM OPT Extensions and Pending H1B Petitions

    Even if your employer’s H1B petition was selected for review by USCIS in the H1B “lottery,” it may be advantageous to apply for STEM OPT extensions, where appropriate. STEM OPT F-1 students who have c

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  • DACA Renewal: Renewing USCIS-granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

    Beginning in September 2014, USCIS will start reviewing applications for DACA renewal--applications to renew DACA status, and employment authorization, for persons previously granted 2-year DACA by US

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  • Most Companies Need an Immigration Compliance Pogoam, but may not know it

    All employers have immigration-related compliance obligations regardless of whether they employ any foreign nationals. Forms I-9, Employment Eligibility Verfication, are part of your immigration compl

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