April 30, 2015

About the Program

USCIS Ombudsman Maria Odom, Mary Pivec, partner in FordHarrison’s Business Immigration Group, Denise Rahmani, head of Oracle’s Immigration program, Lynden Melmed, former Chief Counsel at USCIS, and now a partner at BALGlobal, will discuss the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office precedent decision Matter of Simeio Solutions LLC. Under this new decision, which is binding on all USCIS adjudication officers, a move of an H-1B employee to a different geographical area may constitute a material change requiring the filing of an amended H-1B petition supported by a new Labor Condition Application. This decision changes the agency’s prior interpretations of when an amended petition is required.