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USCIS hits H-2B cap for first half of fiscal year 2015 [VIDEO]

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USCIS announced Feb. 2 it reached its H-2B cap.

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Have you submitted your H-2B petitions yet?

Jan. 26 was the final receipt date for H-2B worker visa petitions asking for an employment start date before April 1. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Feb. 2 it reached its H-2B cap for the first half of the fiscal year 2015. This means the service has hit the total 33,000 H-2B petitions that are congressionally allotted for the first half of this year.

The USCIS will reject any H-2B petitions seeking a work start date before April 1 and received after Jan. 26.

However, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will continue to accept work visa applications for those who don't apply to the congressional cap. Workers extending previously granted H-2B visas and spouses and children of H-2B workers are generally not counted toward the cap.

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What to do if you don't have your scanner handy [VIDEO]

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Immigration professionals can use scanner apps and their smartphones to upload documents to their CMS while on the go.

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Law offices and HR departments working on going paperless rely heavily on their scanners to get the job done. However, sometimes you’re out of the office when documents need to be scanned into your cloud-based case management system.

In this case, professionals can use their smartphone camera and an app to scan a device.

Scanner apps are perfect for attorneys and immigration professionals who travel yet need to ensure documents get digitized as quickly as possible so that others back at the office can access them too.

Some scanning apps available are TurboScan, Scanner Pro, Scanbot and PDFpen Scan+.

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The importance of getting to know your scanner [VIDEO]

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Offices need to invest in easy-to-use scanners if they want to go paperless.

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Are you ready to create a paperless office?

If so, then you and your staff need to get to know your scanners.

Moving to a paperless office relies heavily on creating and storing digital documents in the cloud. While many forms and new documents can be generated electronically, a large amount of paper will need to be translated to digital form through scanners. Incoming documents should be scanned immediately and the office will need to tackle closed and ongoing files on top of the normal workload.

Before going paperless, you may have had a couple of scanners in your office and even then, you and your staff may not have known how to work them well.

Now, it's time to do your research, invest in easy-to-use equipment and make sure everyone has training on how to use them. Without this foundation, any paperless initiative will stall.

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How a cloud-based CMS can save you money: Part 2 [VIDEO]

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A cloud-based CMS can increase productivity, saving businesses money in the long run.

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In the first of our two-part series, we discussed how cloud-based case management software can help businesses save money by reducing how much they spend on hardware and IT help. But, these are just two of the ways businesses save money through the cloud.

Firms and HR departments can drastically cut down on the amount of paper they use in the office, which is not only good for the environment but also lowers supply costs.

Additionally, the cloud's many benefits allow staff members to get more done in a day. Having everything at their fingertips means attorneys and HR professionals aren't hunting for files or searching for lost contact information. Increased efficiency means less time – and therefore money – is wasted.

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Use data analytics to improve your bottom line

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Data analysis within your case management system can help you determine the state of your practice.

We live in a world of data – it's literally all around us.

Every time you log into your email, send a text or check out a social media profile, you create more data. You're also generating data every time you take on a new client, and you shouldn't let this information go to waste. How you handle your clients' cases, the amount of time each process takes and your success stories are all important data points you can use to evaluate various aspects of your practice.

What's your likelihood of success?
You know you can't guarantee your clients anything, but some cases are more likely to see the desired ending than others. By carefully tracking the outcomes of your clients' matters, over time you'll be able to see more clearly a new client's chance of success. You'll also be able to see which strategies improved the likelihood of success and which may be a waste of your time.

"Are you losing money with flat fees?"

Are your fees reflective of your services?
If you use a flat fee system, you can't truly know if you're billing your clients the appropriate amount without taking a deep look into how you handle your immigration cases. Without analyzing the data available to you, you may not be profiting on some of your flat fee matters and not even know it.

The average length of time you spend on different types of immigration matters and how long you take to perform specific tasks are all important pieces of information. Not every type of case will take the same amount of time. Certain visa applications or petitions include more steps, need more in-depth research or require additional court appearances and meetings. Since different matters take varying amounts of time and labor, each matter shouldn't cost the same. If they do, you're probably losing money on some clients.

You may not realize it but all the information you need to determine if your prices are right is safely tucked away in your immigration case management software. As long as you accurately input your schedule, tasks and time spent on each client's case into the CMS, you can generate reports on the average amount of time you spend on different types of immigration matters. This analysis will help you determine if flat fees are the best billing option for certain matters or whether your current fees are right. 

Have you weighed your time versus your fees?Have you weighed your time versus your fees?

Who is a valuable employee?
Measuring the effectiveness and value of staff members can be uncomfortable, but firms have limited resources and can only invest in employees who improve the bottom line. By tracking who performs which tasks and the time it takes them to do so in the CMS, attorneys can evaluate their staff's performance. 

Collecting and analyzing data used to be a common function in the technology industry. However, the practice has spread through businesses and in recent years, reached the legal field. The benefits of data analysis are endless and attorneys can increase insight into the effectiveness of their practice by running reports in their immigration case management system.

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