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Alternatives to the H1-B Visa

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Produced on January 30, 2017

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Course Information

Time 63 minutes
Difficulty Advanced

Course Description

The H-1B visa program is used by U.S. businesses to employ foreign workers in occupations that require theoretical and practical application of highly specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher (or its equivalent), such as scientists, engineers, or computer programmers. Although the H-1B visa program was designed to allow U.S. businesses to hire foreign workers to fill temporary business needs, a numerical Cap severely limits the use of the H-1B visa program, to 85,000 total each fiscal year.

Due to the numerical limits of the H-1B visa program, U.S. businesses are forced to find alternative methods to employ foreign workers. Fortunately, there are many alternatives to the H-1B visa under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act. This course, presented by Matthew Blaisdell (materials prepared by Jeremy Richards,  partner at Richards & Kruger), provides information on available alternatives to the H-1B visa program, including: TN Visa, L1 Visa, O1 Visa, and B-1 visa.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the numerical limitations of the H-1B Visa program
  2. Learn the basic requirements for: TN Visa, L1 Visa, O1 Visa, and B1 Visa
  3. Identify alternative U.S. work authorization options
  4. Assess how the identification of alternatives to the H-1B visa program can assist in employing foreign workers 

Credit Information

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Matthew Blaisdell

Matthew Blaisdell, Esq.

Matthew Blaisdell is an attorney Brooklyn, New York, with a full concentration in immigration law. He is the former Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) National Consumer Protection and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and is current Chair of AILA’s Consumer Protection Rapid Response Team. He frequently writes and presents on the topic of consumer protection and immigration fraud, and he has provided testimony to several cities considering legislation to protect immigrant consumers.

He also regularly provides trainings and lectures on topics related to attorney ethics, practice management, prosecutorial discretion and advocating before various government agencies, immigration legislation and policies, constitutional issues, immigration options for youth and unaccompanied minors, LGBTQ immigration issues, immigration consequences of criminal activity, humanitarian forms of relief, and non-immigrant visas.

He received his juris doctor, as well as an LL.M in environmental law, from Pace Law School, and is a graduate of the New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute (NYCELLI).


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Michael R.

Great overview of different types of visas and how to determine which one would best fit a client.

Adam C.

One of your better speakers - clear, understandable

Eileen N.

Excellent instructor.

Taylor B.

Great course!

Jesse S.

I actually liked this program more than usual, and I think it would be awesome to have more programs available in these intricate specialty areas like Immigration, its very hard to find CLE on the subject.

Patrick P.

instructor did a REALLY GOOD job!!!!

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Andrea W.

I particularly liked listenting to this attorney. He was well spoken, clear, did not rush through the material, summarized often and was a good teacher, esp since this is not an area in which I had any background.

Janet Lindsay R.

a lot of good information

Dane B.

I enjoyed the course

Steven G.

Very well done. made a complicated subject understandable. looking forward to taking more courses with lawline.

Alexis R.

thank you


extremely timely!! Awesome.

Tyler C.

Speaker was good and on top of issues.

Walter T.


Greg D.

Good intro to topic.

Amy G.

Very good. Lots of information including practical considerations.

William H.

Effective and thorough presentation.

Holly R.

Very helpful information; good presentation! Thank you.

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