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The Economic Times: 98% of H-1B visa rejections unchallenged


Most instances of H-1B visa denial do not attract appeals by employers, according to new research by a US-based anti-immigration think tank. This comes even as denial rates for the prized visa category have spiked to 24% in financial year 2019 from about 6% in 2015. In 98.4% of the cases where the H-1B visa was denied, the employer chose not to file an appeal, said David North, a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), which is based in Washington, DC.

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Immigration changes in the UK

Courtesy of our friends at Globaladvocaten, we are providing this helpful information explaining recent changes to the United Kingdom’s immigration laws.

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If you need assistance with outbound immigration to the United Kingdom or other countries, we stand ready to assist through our Globaladvocaten network.

Globaladvocaten is a collaboration between independent law firms with a network that includes over 800 lawyers working in 20 countries, and is a premier resource for Shumaker, enabling us to add value for our clients abroad. Globaladvocaten has been ranked by the Chambers Global Guide for 2019 for Leading Regional Law Firm Networks – Europe-wide. 

Forbes: Ken Cuccinelli, U.S. Immigration Services Chief, Boasts Of Increasing Bureaucracy

Ken ImmigrationIn a new press release, Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), boasted that the Trump administration has increased red tape and bureaucracy for U.S. companies. It’s the latest example of administration officials lauding efforts to make it more difficult for employers to obtain what economists often consider to be a company’s most valuable resource – talent.

Since 2017, Trump administration policies have focused on restricting the entry of immigrants and foreign nationals, including scientists and engineers. “Denial rates for new H-1B petitions have increased significantly, rising from 6% in FY 2015 to 32% in the first quarter of FY 2019,” according to a National Foundation for American Policy analysis. (more…)

Shumaker is a Proud Sponsor of AILA Central Florida Chapter’s 33rd Annual Immigration Law Conference

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is pleased to announce that is a sponsor of AILA Central Florida Chapter’s 33rd Annual Immigration Law Conference, which is being held at the The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club from October 24, 2019 – October 26, 2019.

This year’s conference is chaired by Immigration Practice Group Co-Chair and partner, Maria del Carmen Ramos. The conference will focus on business and family immigration. Experts from around the country will be presenting on a variety of immigration hot topics ranging from complicated issues in worksite enforcement to the latest on the public charge rule.

Limited spots are still available for law students, attorneys, and paralegals.  If interested in registering, please click here.

For more information, please contact Maria del Carmen Ramos at 813.227.2252 or

Forbes: Restrictions On H-1B Visas Found To Push Jobs Out Of The U.S.


Important new research concludes immigration restrictions that prevent companies from hiring high-skilled foreign nationals in the U.S. represent bad economic policy and are counterproductive. The first-of-its-kind study examining company-level responses to government immigration rules found H-1B visa restrictions carry the unintended consequence of pushing jobs outside the United States and lead to less innovation in America.

Read the rest of the Forbes article here.

Attorney Spotlight

Maria del Carmen Ramos, Partner, Handles all types of immigration matters for foreign nationals and large institutional clients, including routinely filing petitions for non-immigrant visas on behalf of employers, and advising and training employers on I-9 compliance.