Following the overhaul of the program in June 2014, we continue to see significant changes to the Canadian Temporary Foreign Worker program. The continuous changes are making the program harder to navigate. Employers continue to be challenged to confirm that they are using the Temporary Foreign Worker program in cases of acute labour shortages.
Decided on 9 April 2015, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) ruled that where an employee in H-1B status changes work location to one that is outside of the current labor condition application’s (LCA’s) area of geographic coverage, the change is material and requires the filing of a new LCA and amended H-1B petition.
On 7 April 2015, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the H-1B annual cap for employment in fiscal year (FY) 2016 has been reached in the first five business days. USCIS began accepting H-1B cap petitions for FY 2016 on 1 April 2015.
On 24 February 2015, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that effective 26 May 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending employment authorization eligibility to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B non-immigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status.