In December 2014, the City of Chicago City Council passed Mayor Emanuel’s ordinance to raise the minimum wage for all Chicago workers to $13.00 per hour by 2019. The ordinance raises the minimum wage in steps; beginning with an…
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The H-2B visa is used by U.S. companies to temporarily employ skilled or unskilled foreign nationals in nonagricultural positions.
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa to the United States for professionals and individuals with “specialty occupations” requiring a bachelor’s degree. A “specialized occupation” requires theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge. Examples of “specialty occupations” include engineers, physicians, accountants, teachers and others. April 1st is the earliest date to file cap-subject petitions. The USCIS received 172, 500 cap-subject H-1B visa petitions during the first week of April, 2014. For the first time since Congress imposed an arbitrary numerical cap on H-1B petitions in the early 1990s, there were more losers than winners in this year’s lottery. Given that the cap is presently set at 85,000 (65,000 H-1B regular cap and 20,000 H-1B master’s exemption), there are a total of 87,500 individuals who will not be able to work in H-1B status for the companies which sponsored them.
Our firm was excited to hear Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new plans to help immigrants not only find work, but start their own businesses, too. The mayor believes the initiatives will make Chicago the most immigration-friendly city in the world.