Human Resources professionals often face urgent questions from management about how to sponsor a foreign national candidate for employment in the U.S., how to extend a foreign national’s expiring U.S. work visa, and how to change a foreign worker’s status in the U.S. from one type of work visa to another. It is difficult enough for Human Resources professionals to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of employment laws to also sustain up-to-date knowledge of all the different work visa categories available under U.S. immigration laws. After all, different types of non-immigrant (temporary) visas are issued for different purposes – travel, business, study, employment, etc. Specific documentation and evidence are necessary to meet the requirements of each different visa category. Not all temporary visas authorize employment. It is therefore possible for a foreign national to be in the U.S. lawfully, but not be allowed to work. In addition, nearly all employment-related non-immigrant visas authorize employment only in a specific position and for a specific employer. Any other employment is prohibited. All of these issues have become even more complicated as the new administration introduces various executive actions to limit immigration, which have had a and uncertain impact on business requirements, such as obtaining visas and employee travel.
Please join Shanon R. Stevenson, partner at Fisher & Phillips LLP, as she discusses the various types of temporary work visas that are available for foreign nationals to work in the U.S., including B, E, F, H, J, L, O, P, Q, and TN visas, and federal requirements that govern an employer’s compliance with work visas.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Just a sampling of the many practical tips you’ll take away:
- Discuss the various types of temporary work visas that are available for foreign nationals in the U.S., including B, E, F, H, J, L, O, P, Q, and TN visas
- Identify the best available work visa option for your candidate
- Review the requirements for H-1B work visas for specialty occupations
- Understand your available options if you do not receive one of the limited number of available H-1Bs for your worker(s)
- Review the requirements for L-1A and L-1B intra-company transferees
- Examine the requirements for the TN work visa for Canadian and Mexican citizens pursuant to NAFTA
- Understand the requirements for O-1 Alien of Extraordinary Ability work visas
- Discuss the most common and costly errors employers make when using work visas for foreign national employees
- Understand the circumstances under which the work visa can be extended and the length of time the visa extension will last
- Determine whether dependents are also eligible for work visas
- How recent executive actions on immigration affect employers
- AND MUCH MORE!
YOUR CONFERENCE LEADER
Your conference leader for “Make It Work – An HR Professional’s Guide to U.S. Work Visas Under the Trump Administration” is Shanon R. Stevenson, attorney at law. Ms. Stevenson 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 non-immigrant 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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