Author: Sandra Feist

H-1B Visa Trends: Is This the New Normal?

As a U.S. immigration lawyer, I find that I need to give myself a pep talk on a regular basis these days. My pep talk tends to go like this: “Responding to complicated Requests for Evidence (RFEs) by the federal government is my job. I specialize in assisting employers – universities, multinational corporations, public schools, small nonprofits, and many others – hire and retain top talent from around the world. I’ve spent the last 16 years building up my expertise and sometimes, I find myself on the front lines of a battle between the federal government and these employers....

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Finding Equilibrium in an Unsteady World

“You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.”  – Tom Brokaw So far this year, I’ve experienced dark moments where my calling in immigration law has felt like a burden. I’ve envied acquaintances in professions that permitted them to close their eyes to the news and focus inward on their families and community. As an immigration attorney, I don’t have that luxury these days, and it has...

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