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H-1B season is fast approaching – Are you ready?

posted by: INSZoom date: Feb 03, 2015 Compliance, Human Resources, Immigration case management comments: Comments Off on H-1B season is fast approaching – Are you ready?
Immigration professionals need to mark their calendars: H-1B visa applications are due April 1.

In less than eight weeks, this year's H-1B visa filing season begins. While many immigration attorneys and human resources professionals have already begun their application prep, others many need to utilize their immigration case management software to catch up.

What to expect this year
Fragomen predicts demand for the 85,000 available H-1B visas will be greater this year than it was last year, which is impressive considering U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services received 172,500 petitions last year.

The 172,500 applications submitted in 2014 were all received in a one-week period, and USCIS used two separate lotteries to decide which petitions to process. Of those who applied, 20,000 filled the cap for workers with U.S. advanced degrees. This left 152,500 people to be selected for the 65,000 bachelor degree-level spots.

"HR departments and attorneys need to have their H-1B petitions in on April 1, 2015."

What you need to do
Considering the intense demand for H-1B visas, HR departments and attorneys need to have their petitions in on April 1, 2015. Petitions submitted to USCIS after the 85,000 cap has been reached will automatically be rejected and not part of the lottery. The longer you wait to submit an H-1B petition, the more likely you are to miss the cut off, which is a moving target.

Last year, the chance of receiving a H-1B visa was 42 percent, down from 62.5 percent in 2013, Fragomen reported. If demand for these visas is even greater this year, the likelihood of getting your visa processed could be less than half.

Immigration professionals should take advantage of their CMS to get their H-1B visas in on time.Immigration professionals should take advantage of their CMS to get their H-1B visas in on time.

It isn't all doom and gloom
While the need for H-1B visas may make you slightly pessimistic about you clients' chances of receiving a visa, there's no need to believe you can't get your petition in immediately on April 1 and have a stronger chance of getting approved. There's an element of chance with the lottery, but not in the preparation.

The many benefits of your immigration-focused CMS can prepare you to file your clients' petitions right away.

The H-1B workflow within the case management platform ensures you don't miss any critical steps of the process leading up to April. This will keep you on track while you gather wage information, which can include union and government data, and submit Labor Condition Applications with the U.S. Department of Labor. You can also set calendar reminders when you need to move to the next step.

Through the secure client portal, you can collect the information and official documents you need from your clients to prove they meet the education and specialty occupation requirements for the H-1B visas. 

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How a cloud-based CMS can save you money: Part 1 [VIDEO]

posted by: INSZoom date: Feb 02, 2015 Money and time saving tips comments: Comments Off on How a cloud-based CMS can save you money: Part 1 [VIDEO]
Using a cloud-based CMS can reduce businesses' IT and hardware expenses.

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Are you interested in saving your business money?

Some law firms and companies are hesitant to use a cloud-based case management software program because they’re unsure of the costs and the ease or difficulty of implementation. However, a majority of businesses can integrate a cloud-based CMS into their daily processes smoothly.

Once implemented, cloud-based CMS provide cost savings in a variety of areas.

A major financial benefit is that the firm or company isn’t responsible for maintaining and replacing expensive servers. The cloud provider takes care of the physical and electronic data storage and has its own IT department to handle issues.

This means the monthly hardware and IT bills drop significantly for businesses using the cloud.

Check back for the second of this two-part series on how a cloud-based CMS can save you money.

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Ask for feedback to improve your customer service [VIDEO]

posted by: INSZoom date: Feb 02, 2015 Immigration case management comments: Comments Off on Ask for feedback to improve your customer service [VIDEO]
Ask for feedback from your clients so you can improve your customer service.

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Are your clients 100 percent happy with your services?

If you don’t ask them, you’ll never know.

Customer service is more than providing the best outcome for your clients’ immigration cases – it’s ensuring your clients are treated respectfully, kept up to date and always prepared for the next step in their cases.

Create a feedback form for your clients to fill out at least once during and then again after your relationship with them. This way, you can ascertain whether your firm is providing poor, adequate or superior service to your clients.

Creating a client feedback form is simple in your cloud-based immigration case management software. Your clients can fill it out online and submit it securely through the client portal.

Check back for more information on how INSZoom can help you manage your immigration cases.

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Ease the process of formalizing retainer agreements [VIDEO]

posted by: INSZoom date: Jan 30, 2015 Immigration case management comments: Comments Off on Ease the process of formalizing retainer agreements [VIDEO]
Attorneys can finalize retainer agreements quickly with a cloud-based case management system.

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Are you finding retainer agreements to be a hassle? Establishing a retainer with a client is a good way to start the relationship off on the right foot. Everyone involved understands the work that's to be done and the fees associated with it.

However, it can be hard to schedule time with a client to fill out a simple contract, and in some situations, your clients are in another country.

Forget about time and geography by creating and finalizing retainer agreements in your cloud-based immigration case management system. The secure system allows you to create fully customized agreements, send them to your clients and receive an electronically signed copy back.

Additionally, clients can pay any upfront fee through the case management software with their credit cards.

Check back for more information on how INSZoom can help you manage your immigration cases.

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A strong case management program can help professionals prepare for immigration reforms [VIDEO]

posted by: INSZoom date: Jan 29, 2015 Immigration case management comments: Comments Off on A strong case management program can help professionals prepare for immigration reforms [VIDEO]
Invest in a comprehensive case management system to prepare for next year's immigration reforms.

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Are you prepared for immigration reforms in 2015?

Following President Barack Obama's November speech regarding immigration laws, HR departments and law firms alike began to scramble to prepare.

One major change is for Deferred Action for Parental Accountability. The new law will allow millions of people who pass background checks and have kept up with their taxes to stay in the U.S. Parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for the deferred action and will be able to seek legal employment under the new law.

The reform hasn't gone into effect yet, but HR departments and firms can prepare by investing in a comprehensive immigration case management system like INSZoom, which has already begun preparing a new petition type for deferred action for parents.

Check back for more information on how INSZoom can help you manage your immigration cases.

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