Jessica Cook

About the Author

Jessica Cook is an associate in the Atlanta office of the law firm Fisher & Phillips, and a member of the firm's Global Immigration Practice Group. Her practice is focused on immigration and nationality law, including visa work, handling both temporary and permanent visa cases, as well as advice regarding I-9 compliance, discrimination, and document abuse provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Contact her at jcook@laborlawyers.com.

The O-1A Visa: It’s For People With Extraordinary Abilities

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By Jessica Cook The O-1A visa category is available to foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, education, business, or athletics who want to work in the United States. These individuals are a part of a small percentage of people who have risen to the very top in their respective fields…

What You Need to Do to Prepare Your Company for an I-9 Audit

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By Jessica Cook The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) continues to issue Form I-9 Notices of Inspection to businesses across the nation. In fiscal year 2012, ICE served 3,004 Notices of Inspection to businesses, totaling over $12 million in fines. Additionally, ICE made 520 criminal arrests tied to…

Immigration Will Begin Accepting 2013 H-1B Visa Petitions on April 1

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By Jessica Cook On Monday, April 1, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting FY 2014 H-1B cap-subject petitions for employment starting on October 1, 2013. What is the H-1B cap? There is an annual cap on the number of new H-1B petitions available each year. The law allows for…

Hiring Australians? Then You Should Take a Look at the E-3 Visas

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By Jessica T. Cook U.S. employers wishing to hire a foreign worker who is an Australian citizen should consider the E-3 visa category. The E-3 visa category is only available for Australian citizens, and the E-3 visa permits Australian citizens to work in the U.S. in “specialty occupations” on a temporary basis. Specialty…

TN Visa Option for Canadian, Mexican Citizens Wanting Work in U.S.

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By Jessica T. Cook Since the H-1B visa cap was reached on June 11, 2012, U.S. employers wishing to hire a foreign worker who is a Canadian or Mexican citizen should consider the TN visa category. The TN visa category is part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and permits Canadian…

USCIS Will Start Accepting H-1B Visa Petitions on April 2

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By Jessica Cook On Monday, April 2, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting FY 2013 H-1B cap-subject petitions for employment starting on October 1, 2012. U.S. businesses use the H-1B visa to employ foreign workers in “professional” or “specialty occupation” positions. The H-1B visa allows for six (6) years…

Immigration Service Hits Employers With New Round of I-9 Audits

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By Jessica T. Cook U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to make good on its promise to audit employer’s I-9 forms to ensure compliance with federal immigration laws. ICE served another round of I-9 Notices of Inspection (NOIs) to 1,000 businesses nationwide. Employers receiving a Notice of Inspection will be given three…

Court Upholds Arizona’s E-Verify Law, Penalties for Using Unauthorized Workers

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By Jessica Cook and Kim Thompson This week (May 26, 2011) the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s 2007 immigration law that requires all employers to use E-Verify for all new hires and permits the revocation of a company’s business license as a penalty for employing unauthorized workers. This decision resulted from a challenge…