Immigration and Nationality Compliance Year-End Newsletter

November 19, 2014

Giving thanks for your support

We are pleased to share the inaugural issue of the Wiggin and Dana Immigration Practice Group Newsletter. We will circulate this newsletter periodically by e-mail to bring to the attention of our colleagues the latest updates in the areas of immigration and nationality law and compliance, with reports on recent developments, upcoming visa deadlines, as well as happenings at Wiggin and Dana. We welcome your comments and questions

Introducing the Wiggin and Dana Immigration Team
2014 brought some new members to our Immigration Practice Group. We would like to introduce our new and improved immigration team:

Peter Lefeber is Co-Chair of the firm's Immigration Practice Group. Mr. Lefeber has practiced labor and employment law exclusively on behalf of private employers for more than three decades. His client base and breadth of experience are expansive, representing management in all aspects of the employment relationship.

Najia Khalid is Co-Chair of the firm's Immigration Practice Group and as Co-Chair of the firm's Diversity Committee. She represents clients in connection with nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions, labor certification applications, family-based petitions, adjustment of status and citizenship applications and immigration interviews.

Caroline Park
is an associate in the firm's Labor, Employment and Benefits Department and assists in the preparation of non-immigrant and immigrant petitions, applications, supporting documents, motions, briefs, and legal memorandums for submission to government agencies.

Christina Williams
assists in the preparation of non-immigrant and immigrant petitions, applications, supporting documents, motions, briefs, and legal memorandums for submission to government agencies.

Mike Callahan
is a paralegal in the firm's Immigration Practice Group

Chris Primini
is a paralegal in the firm's Immigration Practice Group

Chris Holtz
is a legal secretary in the firm's Immigration Practice Group

Najia Khalid Named Chair of the Connecticut AILA Corporate Practice Committee
Immigration attorney Najia Khalid was named Chair of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association's Practice Committee. As Chair of the Program Committee, Najia [insert one-two sentences on your role as chair].

Lunch and Learn Visa Workshop Series

Earlier this year, we hosted our first in a series of hands-on visa training workshops designed to walk employers through the ins and outs of preparing a visa petition. This workshop provided an overview of preliminary information and the start-finish steps to secure an H-1B visa. Please stay tuned for future workshop announcements in the New Year.

On the Road…
Below is just a sampling of the various speaking events that we participated in this year. Please contact Jennifer Paquin at 2033498-4358 or at [email protected] if you are interested in planning an immigration program at your organization.

International Startup Panel & Showcase

Are You Ready for the Agency Audit?

5th Annual Private Club Executive Symposium

Wiggin and Dana Client Briefing

Demystifying the H-1B Visa

Immigration 101 for International Entrepreneurs

Lunch & Learn Visa Workshop Series: H-1B 101

2015 – 2016 H-1B Visa Cap Season Soon Approaching
H-1B Visa Cap Season is just around the corner, and Wiggin and Dana would like to remind employers to plan ahead when considering recruitment of foreign workers. H-1B visa status is available to an individual who will perform services in a "specialty occupation" that generally requires a bachelor's degree or its equivalent to perform the responsibilities the position entails. There is an annual quota or cap for H-1B visas of 65,000. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting cap-subject H-1B petitions on April 1, 2015. If the H-1B cap is exceeded in the first five days, the USCIS will conduct a random lottery to select which cases will be processed, and the cases not selected will be rejected. Employers who wish to utilize the H-1B visa category are urged to make preparations in advance.