Employers of international personnel confront more immigration-related challenges now than ever before. Concerns about terrorism and security have dramatically slowed immigration processing, restricting or even blocking the movements of international personnel. Increased scrutiny of L-1 petitions and the unavailability of H-1B and H-2B visas until October 1, 2004 further reduce opportunities for employing international personnel. The anticipated introduction of a new labor certification procedure, known as PERM, will reshape the green card process. Finally, immigration issues now affect other key processes for international employees, from obtaining Social Security numbers to getting driver's licenses.
This program and the written materials will provide employers strategies for coping with these and other problems in the immigration arena. In addition, the program will offer advice from representatives of leading international companies who will 'share their secrets' and policies about employing international personnel.
- Recurring problems at U.S. ports of entry
- New restrictions on L-1 visas
- Coping with the H-1B and H-2B caps
- Strategies for short-term assignments
- Labor certifications in a weak economy
- PERM: when will it happen and what will it do?
- Problems with driver's licenses and Social Security numbers
- Learning from your peers at leading companies
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
I. Welcome And Overview
8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
II. The Ins And Outs Of Entry: Getting In Ain't What It Used To Be
A. Recurring Problems For International Personnel At U.S. Ports Of Entry
B. The US-VISIT Requirements And Their Impact
C. Summary Removal
D. Security Clearances What The Government Already Knows About An International Employee
9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
III. An 'L' Of A Mess: New Rules For L-1 Intracompany Transferee Visas
A. Changes To L-1 Blankets
B. Readjudication Of Approvals During Extensions
C. L-1s Assigned To Customer Sites
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
IV. What In The 'H' Is Wrong: Current Problems With H-1B Visas
A. The Impact Of The H-1B Cap
B. Tougher Standards For 'Specialty Occupations'
C. Alternatives To H-1B TN, O-1 And E Visas
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
V. Just Passin' Through (Short-Term Visitors, Trainees And Employees)
A. B-1 For H-1B
B. B-1, H-3 And J-1 Options For Trainees
C. H-2B Temporary Workers
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
VI. Green Cards Through Labor Certification: PERM Is Finally Here
A. New Recruitment Obligations
B. Employers' Prevailing Wage Responsibilities
C. Conversion Of Pending Applications
1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
VII. Green Cards Without The Labor Certification Process Outstanding Researchers, Extraordinary
Ability, National Interest Waivers And Multinational Executives/Managers
A. International Executives And Managers Stricter Standards
B. Qualifying For Extraordinary Or Outstanding How Good Do You Have To Be?
C. National Interest Waivers Still Viable?
2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
VIII. Pandora's Box: Miscellaneous Problems For International Personnel
A. Visa Appointments And Processing At U.S. Consulates
B. Getting Driver's Licenses
C. Obtaining Social Security Numbers
3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
IX. Learn From Your Peers: Leading Carolina-Based Companies Share Their Immigration Secrets
A. Managing An Immigration Program In Today's Environment
B. Review Of Frequent Immigration Scenarios
C. Common Immigration Problems And Pitfalls For International Personnel