Anthony El-Hashem

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Anthony El-Hashem is an associate attorney in the Immigration Planning and Compliance team within Akerman’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Anthony is responsible for the strategic preparation and management of employment and family-based immigration matters on behalf of corporate clients in various industries, including hospitals and healthcare networks, laboratories, universities, parenteral drug packaging companies, software development and technology firms, advertising agencies, and wealth management firms, among others. Through his advice and counsel, clients are better prepared to navigate and understand the complex issues associated with nonimmigrant and immigrant visa processes, such as H-1B, L-1A/L-1B, O-1, and TN Petitions, and PERM labor certification applications and I-140 Petitions in the EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 preference classification categories, to hire and retain top foreign talent and remain in compliance with U.S. immigration laws.

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USCIS Launches New Organizational Accounts Platform to Facilitate the H-1B Lottery Registration Process

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched its new organizational accounts platform which allows multiple individuals within an organization, as well as their legal representatives, to collaborate on and prepare H-1B registrations on behalf of qualified candidates for the upcoming H-1B lottery. It’s imperative that employers familiarize themselves with this platform to avoid … Continue Reading

A Modern Approach: USCIS Proposes to Update the H-1B Program

USCIS is proposing to modernize the H-1B visa program by streamlining eligibility requirements, improving program efficiency, providing greater benefits and flexibilities for employers and workers, and strengthening integrity measures related to the lottery. Employers are invited to participate in the rulemaking by submitting written data, views, comments, and arguments on all aspects of USCIS’s proposed … Continue Reading

Retrogression and Further Delays Expected in the Employment-Based Immigrant Visa Process During May 2023

Employers sponsoring foreign nationals should be aware that some cut-off dates for filing immigrant visa applications in certain employment-based (EB) preference categories have recently “retrogressed” or moved backwards in time due to increased demand. The Department of State publishes a monthly Visa Bulletin, which apprises foreign nationals of the time to file their immigrant visa … Continue Reading

The H-1B Lottery Registration Period is Approaching!

Employers interested in hiring foreign nationals in specialty occupations should seriously consider registering for the H-1B lottery, which is quickly approaching. Last month, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it would open the initial registration period for this year’s H-1B lottery at noon EST on March 1 and close at noon EST on … Continue Reading