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The H-1B program allows companies in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher in the specific specialty, or its equivalent. H-1B specialty occupations may include fields such as science, engineering and information technology, and fields such as teaching and accounting. 

DHS has announced a final rule amending regulations governing cap-subject H-1B petitions, including those that may be eligible for the advanced degree exemption. The final rule reverses the order by which USCIS selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B regular cap and the advanced degree exemption, and it introduces an electronic registration requirement for petitioners seeking to file cap-subject H-1B petitions.

Employers are attempting to challenge these strict regulations in court and also mitigate the restrictions as best they can.

As the major objective of this webinar, you will learn:

  • The important role that H-1B workers play in our economy
  • How the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) selects applications?
  • How H-1B applications have decreased and their impact on employers
  • To identify the requirements of the “Buy American, Hire American” initiative
  • What the changes are in the new H-1B process?
  • What specialty occupations?
  • How the previous Lottery system and current Lottery system has changed?
  • How the new administration increased rejection of H-1B applications in new and current requests?
  • The impact of H-4 Visas rejection for spouses also add the decrease in H-1B application
  • What are the challenges to the new regulations for specialty occupations?

The H-1B visa approval in 2019 has become more stringent than ever before. The USCIS after reviewing the H-1B visa program has come up with a number of policies and regulatory changes to carry out the current administrations’ “Buy American, Hire American” initiative, including a conscientious review of employment-based visa programs.

The work permit H-4 visa for spouses of H-1B visa holders, and the lottery system that selects beneficiaries of the program every year will be impacted based on such a policy initiative. Many employers are attempting to mitigate these regulations and still be able to hire specialty occupations. Learn how the increase of H-1B rejections is impacting companies who count on H-1B employees to operate their businesses.

  • Employers who currently use H-1B employees
  • Employers considering H-1B employees
  • HR and other professionals responsible for process H-1B applications
  • Recruiters seeking to fill specialty position
  • Technologies firms
  • Department of defense contractors

Margie Faulk is a senior level human resources professional with over 15 years of HR management and compliance experience. A current Compliance Advisor for HR Compliance Solutions, LLC, Margie, has worked as an HR Compliance advisor for major corporations and small businesses in the small, large, private, public and Non-profit sectors.  Margie has provided small to large businesses with risk management strategies that protect companies and reduces potential workplace fines and penalties from violation of employment regulations. Margie is bilingual (Spanish) fluent and Bi-cultural.

Margie’s area of expertise includes Criminal Background Screening Policies and auditing, I-9 document correction and storage compliance, Immigration compliance, employee handbook development, policy development, sexual harassment investigations/certified training, SOX regulations, payroll compliance, compliance consulting, monitoring US-based federal, state and local regulations, employee relations issues, internal investigations, HR management, compliance consulting, internal/external audits, and performance management.

Margie is a speaker and accomplished trainer and has created and presented compliance seminars/webinars for over 16 US and International compliance institutes. Margie has testified as a compliance subject matter expert (SME) for several regulatory agencies and against regulatory agencies, thank goodness not on the same day. Margie offers compliance training to HR professionals, business owners, and leadership to ensure compliance with workplace and regulations.

Margie’s unique training philosophy includes providing free customized tools for all attendees. These tools are customized and have been proven to be part an effective risk management strategy. Some of the customized tools include the I-9 Self Audit. Correction and Storage program, Ban the Box Decision Matrix Policy that Employers can provide in a dispute for allegations, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Compliance Guide, Drug-Free Workplace Volatile Termination E-Book and other compliance program tools when attendees register and attend Margie’s trainings.

Margie holds professional human resources certification (PHR) from the HR Certification Institution (HRCI) and SHRM-CP certification from the Society for Human Resources Management. Margie is a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics (SCCE).

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