Martenson, Hasbrouck & Simon LLP’s Immigration and Global Migration Practice Group serves a diverse group of clients including multinational corporations, national, regional and local employers, start-up ventures, entrepreneurs, and individuals. We are a full-service practice group offering services and counseling ranging from U.S. employment and family based temporary and permanent visas, to global mobility management, and immigration compliance.
Martenson, Hasbrouck & Simon LLP works closely with our clients to provide strategic guidance and solutions to meet their immigration and global migration needs. For companies hiring foreign workers, we offer solutions throughout the employment lifecycle, including strategic immigration planning for start-ups, temporary and long-term visas, employment authorization and permanent resident status (green cards). We assist corporate clients with immigration-related matters including Form I-9 and E-Verify compliance, due diligence arising from mergers and acquisitions, anti-discrimination matters, and response to government audits and investigations. We are committed to helping our clients compete in the global marketplace and understand the need for creative, yet compliant, immigration solutions. We manage, oversee, and advise multinational companies on the mobilization of key personnel around the globe. We also represent individuals in family-based immigrant visa and naturalization matters.
We provide a high level of service, responsiveness, and attention to detail for cases where time is always critical. Immigration laws and procedures are constantly changing, and legal solutions must keep pace with both government regulations and a company’s business strategies. Our team utilizes its experience and expertise to create tailored solutions to navigate a subjective immigration system.
We have a proven track record of success representing clients before government agencies involved in immigration and naturalization matters, including US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the State Department (including consular offices abroad), and the Department of Labor (DOL).
USCIS Announces FY 2025 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period
On January 30, 2024, USCIS announced a final rule aimed at strengthening the integrity of the H-1B registration process as well as reducing fraud and the potential for gaming the registration system.
- Integrity measures include a beneficiary-centric selection process which will ensure that each beneficiary has the same chance of being selected, regardless of the number of registrations submitted on their behalf.
- The initial registration period for the FY 2025 H-1B cap will be from March 6, 2024, to March 22, 2024. Registrations must be done electronically via a USCIS online account.
- USCIS will launch new organizational accounts allowing collaboration on H-1B registrations and petitions. Online filing for Form I-129 and associated Form I-907 will be available starting Feb. 28, 2024, for non-cap H-1B petitions and from April 1, 2024, for cap petitions.
- Increased filing fees and a new edition of Form I-129 will be required for cap cases selected in the lottery.
USCIS Fee Rule Takes Effect April 1 with Significant Increases for Employment-Based Filings
In a significant shift, USCIS has recently unveiled an updated fee rule, ushering in notable changes in immigration filing fees. Among the adjustments, H-1B and L-1 petition fees witness a substantial surge, with H-1B registration fees also set for an increase.