AAO Work Site Ruling Still Troubles Attys, Despite Guidance

By Allissa Wickham (May 22, 2015, 8:49 PM EDT) -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued guidance this week that clarified exceptions to a recent Administrative Appeals Office decision on H-1B work site changes, but attorneys say despite a new compliance grace period the ruling could still cause headaches for consulting companies and employers whose workers telecommute.

Under the AAO's decision in Matter of Simeio Solutions LLC, employers must file an amended H-1B petition, along with an updated Labor Condition Application, if an H-1B worker is moved to a significantly different location than the one listed on initial visa application documents.

Although USCIS won praise for issuing quick and surprisingly flexible...

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