Vic Goel to Speak at AILA Seminar on Recent H-1B Guidance


Vic Goel, Managing Partner of Goel & Anderson, will appear as an invited speaker in a Legal Education Audio Seminar sponsored by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) on Thursday, June 1, 2017.

The seminar will feature prominent immigration attorneys in a high-level discussion on the challenges presented by new H-1B guidance for computer programmers. Goel, who is also the AILA Business Immigration Committee Chair, will provide tips and strategies for successfully demonstrating how certain positions can still qualify as a "specialty occupation" following a recent United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy memorandum that may affect the ability of some persons employed as computer programmers to obtain H-1B status.

The new policy memorandum, issued on March 31, 2017, revokes a December 22, 2000 memo which stated that computer programmer would generally qualify as a "specialty occupation" and be eligible for approval of an H-1B petition. The new memorandum advises that persons employed as computer programmers, particularly those in entry-level positions, may not necessarily be considered as employed in a "specialty occupation" and may not qualify for H-1B status since a bachelor's degree in a specific field may not be required for the position.

While the USCIS states that this is not a change in policy, the language of the memorandum does appear to present new challenges to companies in the IT field. Goel & Anderson remains committed to delivering innovative immigration solutions to the complex legal challenges encountered by clients.

Information on how to register for the seminar or purchase audio CD recordings of the series is available through the AILA website.