H1B Visa Program 2010 - New Rule for H1B Sponsors / Employer Companies
On January 13th, 2010 the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued updated guidance to adjudication officers to clarify what constitutes a valid 'H1B employer-employee relationship' to qualify for the H1B visa 'specialty occupation' classification.
The memorandum clarifies such relationships, particularly as it pertains to independent contractors, self-employed beneficiaries, and beneficiaries placed at third-party worksites.
The memorandum is titled: "Determining Employer-Employee Relationship for Adjudication of H1B Petitions, Including Third-Party Site Placements: Additions to Officer's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 31.3(g)(15)(AFM Update AD 10-24)."
In addition to clarifying the requirements for a valid H1B employer-employee relationship, the memorandum also discusses the types of evidence petitioners (H1B sponsor companies) may provide to establish that an H1B employer-employee relationship exists and will continue to exist with the H1B holder throughout the duration of the requested H1B visa validity period.
the new H1B employer rule adds a lot of extra red tape for the following types of companies:
1. agencies and consulting firms that employee, but then sub-contract out the employee to work at a different client site location
* the rule does NOT affect agencies who provide services that facilitate the process of helping people to find sponsorship jobs at other end-companies who then employ and file for the H1B visa
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