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12.30.2015

Lane Powell’s Immigration Practice Group Quoted in Portland Business Journal Article About H-1B Visa Safe Harbor Period

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An Immigration Legal Update authored by Lane Powell Shareholder Diane Butler was featured in a December 23 Portland Business Journal article titled “Oregon Law Firm: Rule Changes Could Yank Visas From Tech Workers, Scientists.” The article and the Legal Update discuss how employers who have moved H-1B workers from one location to another may need to file new H-1B petitions rather than relying on prior approval. The safe harbor period for filing new petitions ends Friday, January 15. Butler recommends new applications be filed by Wednesday, January 6, in order to meet the January 15 deadline.

A prominent Northwest law firm says businesses may need to make sure they’re following new rules regarding certain foreign-born workers once the new year hits.

Lane Powell’s Immigration Practice Group, in a note issued this week, wrote that employers who have moved H-1B workers from one location to another may need to file new H-1B petitions. Many businesses incorrectly assume that such provisions are still covered through the prior approvals.

For additional information, read the December 22 Legal Update titled “Safe Harbor Period for H-1B Petitions Following Job Site Changes Ends January 15.”