1. April 1, H-1B Visa Petitions Begin

April 1, H-1B Visa Petitions Begin

April 1, H-1B Visa Petitions Begin: Guidance for Employer Sponsors
Event ID: 16079
Session ID: 15329

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Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Shanon R. Stevenson, attorney at law
Price: $299.00, On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
CE Credits: This program has been approved for 1.5 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. This program is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
Who Should Attend? HR, in-house counsel, financial officers, presidents

Making a job offer to a foreign national will often depend on the success of your H-1B visa petition, and April 1 marks the beginning of the period for filing petitions for the next fiscal year. H-1Bs allow foreign citizens to work in the U.S. for a set period of time. The petition process and the responsibilities of the employer sponsor can be cumbersome. What should you know before you begin the petition process? Immigration law can be tricky and can often get in the way of hiring good candidates from another country. There are also visa related issues that can get in the way when it comes to retaining current foreign employees. Since the Great Recession, government agencies are taking a harder look at employer-sponsored petitions, and this has made the sponsorship process more difficult for employers. Please join Shanon R. Stevenson, attorney at law, as she takes you through the H-1B visa petition process helping you to identify potential questions that might arise along the way before they are asked.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Review critical H-1B visa requirements
  • Learn how to determine if a foreign national is even a good H-1B visa candidate
  • Discuss how to write client agreements which address the sponsoring employer’s right to control foreign nationals who work offsite at a client location
  • Know the importance of position descriptions in the H-1B visa petition
  • Know the art of writing offer letters that deal with unresolved visa issues


Your conference leader for “April 1, H-1B Visa Petitions Begin: Guidance for Employer Sponsors” is Shanon R. Stevenson, attorney at law. Shanon is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher and Phillips LLP, and a member of the firm's Global Immigration Practice Group. Shanon's practice focuses on corporate immigration law. She began practicing in this area in 1998. She has comprehensive knowledge and extensive experience in a broad range of immigration areas, including: I-9 compliance, advising clients on current immigration legislation, handling nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications, outbound visas, Export Administration Regulation Deemed Export determinations, etc. Shanon is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She has been repeatedly recognized for her immigration practice in Georgia Super Lawyers – Rising Stars. Shanon is "AV" peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Shanon earned her J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law.


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