Frances P. Rayer is experienced in the immigration field, where she represents institutional clients and multinational corporations who are seeking to employ foreign nationals in the United States on either a temporary or permanent basis.
The majority of Fran’s practice focuses on the area of employment-based immigration for institutional clients, multinational corporations, and universities. Her clients come from a wide variety of industries, including technology, telecommunications, health care, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, engineering, and education. She assists clients in acquiring employment-based visas for key employees so they will be authorized for employment in the United States. She advises companies on employee documentation requirements and I-9 and E-Verify compliance issues.
She has experience representing clients before the Department of Labor, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration Board of Appeals, and the EOIR. She speaks frequently on immigration-related and employer compliance issues under the immigration laws. Frances was a member of the court-appointed Liaison Committee, where she represented Chinese refugees seeking asylum in the United States having arrived aboard the Golden Venture.
Fran has been selected by her peers for inclusion on The Best Lawyers in America® list since 2005 and was named 2017 "Lawyer of the Year." She is also listed in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® magazine.
August 20, 2020
Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).
August 28, 2019
Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
August 22, 2018
One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
August 23, 2017
Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.
May 08, 2017
The new attorneys add depth in Pittsburgh across Commercial and Corporate practices and continues to expand its national Labor & Employment Department
May 25, 2022
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced premium processing for certain petitioners.
May 04, 2022
This May, USCIS announced a Temporary Final Rule increasing the automatic extension period for certain Employment Authorization Documents for up to 540 days.
April 04, 2022
Fran Rayer and Beth Olivera discuss USICS's announcement that it had received enough electronic registrations during the initial registration period to reach the FY 2023.
April 01, 2022
Fran Rayer and Beth Olivera discuss the USCIS plan aimed to increase efficiency and reduce burdens to the legal immigration system.
January 31, 2022
Beth Olivera and Fran Rayer discuss the initial registration period for the FY2023 H-1B Cap Lottery. It will begin on March 1, 2022, and run through March 18, 2022.
November 22, 2021
Fran Rayer and Beth Olivera discuss USCIS's new policy that automatically extends employment authorization for dependent spouses in L-2 and E-1/E-2/E-3 status and also automatically extends employment authorization for certain H-4 spouses.
November 16, 2021
Beth Olivera and Fran Rayer discuss USCIS's new policy guidance to address the structural changes for nonimmigrant H-4 and L-2 spouses seeking employment authorization.
October 28, 2021
Fran Rayer and Beth Olivera discuss President Biden's proclamation lifting travel restrictions on people traveling from Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.
October 19, 2021
Beth Olivera and Fran Rayer discuss Biden's easing of travel restrictions on all fully vaccinated international travelers.
October 12, 2021
Fran Rayer and Elizabeth Olivera discuss the 2023 diversity visa lottery registration program.
September 21, 2021
Fran Rayer and Beth Olivera discuss Biden administration's plans to ease travel restrictions on all international travelers coming into the United States.
August 30, 2021
Fran Rayer and Beth Olivera discuss the CDC's new policy requiring immigrants inside the United States seeking adjustment of status to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
August 02, 2021
Beth Olivera and Fran Rayer discuss USCIS 's decision that it will no longer accept written requests to reschedule biometric services appointments at application support centers
June 10, 2021
Fran Rayer and Elizabeth Olivera discuss the USCIS's new policy updates to the policy manual that will clarify the criteria and circumstances for expedited processing; improve the existing request for evidence and notice of intent to deny guidance; and increase the validity period for initial and renewal employment authorization documents for certain noncitizens with pending adjustment of status applications.
May 27, 2021
Fran Rayer and Elizebeth Olivera discuss the CBP and DOS announcement that U.S. citizens with expired U.S. passports may return to the United States.
May 17, 2021
Fran Rayer and Beth Olivera discuss USCIS suspending the biometric requirements for certain I-539 applicants for a two-year period beginning on May 17, 2021.
May 03, 2021
Fran Rayer and Beth Olivera discuss Biden's restriction on travel to India.
April 28, 2021
Fran Rayer and Elizabeth Olivera discuss USCIS's new policy guidance to address the issue of deference to prior approvals when adjudicating a request for an extension.
February 26, 2021
Fran Rayer and Elizabeth Olivera discuss E-3 premium processing service. The E-3 classification applies only to nationals of Australia who are coming to the United States solely to perform services in a specialty occupation.
February 26, 2021
Fran Rayer and Elizabeth Olivera discuss Biden revoking Trump's travel ban.
February 25, 2021
Fran Rayer and Elizabeth Olivera discuss DHS's and ICE's new flexibility policy when it comes to in-person verification of identity and employment eligibility documentation for Form I-9
February 08, 2021
Fran Rayer and Elizabeth Olivera discuss the timing for the initial registration period for the FY2022 H-1B Cap Lottery.
February 01, 2021
Beth Olivera and Fran Rayer discuss USCIS decision to extend deadlines for responding to specific requests from the agency. USCIS will consider a response to the qualifying requests and notices timely filed if they are received within 60 calendar days after the response due date set on the request or notice.
October 16, 2020
Fran Rayer and Elizabeth Oilvera discuss USCIS's announcement that it will increase fees for premium processing, to take effect Monday, October 19, 2020.
October 08, 2020
Fran Rayer and Elizabeth Olivera discuss the DHS and DOL's interim final rules on H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 visas.
October 06, 2020
Fran Rayer discusses the process for the 2022 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program.
September 08, 2020
On August 3, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Final Rule that alters the USCIS filing Fee Schedule. On average, the filing fees were increased overall by approximately 20 percent.
July 15, 2020
Fran Rayer and Beth Olivera discuss the settlement in President and Fellows of Harvard College et al. v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security et al., allowing foreign students to remain in the United States even if all classes will be online.
July 15, 2020
Fran Rayer and Beth Olivera discuss the resumption of Visa services at certain U.S. embassies and consulates around the world.
July 01, 2020
Fran Rayer and Elizabeth Olivera discuss the furloughs at USCIS.
July 01, 2020
Frances Rayer and Elizabeth Olivera addressed common questions related to immigration and COVID-19.
June 23, 2020
Fran Rayer, Scott Bettrigde, Daniela Berisiartu Barshel, and Elizabeth Olivera discuss President Trump's extension of Proclamation 10014.
May 29, 2020
Fran Rayer and Elizabeth Olivera discuss USCIS decision to resume offering premium processing services for cases involving Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, in phases over the month of June.
April 23, 2020
Fran Rayer, Scott Bettridge, Daniela Barshel, and Elizabeth Olivera discuss what President Trump's temporary suspension of certain categories of immigrants from entering the United States means and who is impacted.
March 18, 2020
Fran Rayer and Beth Olivera explain what the USCIS canceling all face-to-face appointments, interviews, and events, including asylum interviews and citizenship ceremonies, means for applicants and petitioners.
March 17, 2020
Fran Rayer discusses the temporary suspension of premium processing service for fiscal year (FY) 2021 cap-subject H-1B petitions.
December 16, 2019
Learn about the changes USCIS announced for its online registration system that will be implemented in the 2020 H-1B lottery.
November 25, 2019
Fran Rayer discusses the proposed increased fees for green cards applications, associated work and travel authorizations, and citizenship filing fees.
November 18, 2019
Fran Rayer and Velika A. Nespor discuss what employers should do when they receive an SSA no match letters.
November 07, 2019
Fran Rayer discusses the extension of Temporary Protected Status related documentation for beneficiaries under the TPS designation for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan through January 4, 2021.
October 11, 2019
Michael Hanlon and Fran Rayer discuss the new Pennsylvania law affecting the construction industry that goes into effect on October 6, 2020.
October 02, 2019
Frances P. Rayer discusses what you need to know about the 2021 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, including dates the lottery is open and who is eligible to enter.
July 01, 2019
Velika A. Nespor and Frances Rayer discuss the new requirements for all nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applicants.
March 06, 2019
Velika Nespor and Frances Rayer discuss USCIS's automatic extension of TPS status until January 2, 2020.
September 10, 2018
Frances Rayer discusses DHS's increase in fees for premium processing of certain employment-based immigrant benefit requests.
August 29, 2018
Frances Rayer discusses that the temporary suspension of premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions will continue and be expanded; beginning September 11, 2018, and continuing through February 19, 2019.
March 22, 2018
Frances Rayer discusses the USCIS's temporary suspension of premium processing for all H-1B cap-subject petitions. This suspension of premium processing only affects H-1B cap-subject petitions.
March 16, 2018
Fran Rayer discusses significant changes in the visa availability for Indian and Chinese nationals in the employment-based first-preference category (EB1).
January 29, 2018
Fran Rayer discusses the H-1B quotas for FY2019 and what employers should be doing now in anticipation of the start of H-1B cap filing season.
October 27, 2017
Fran Rayer discusses that I-140-based adjustment of status applicants will be required to appear for an in-person interview at a local USCIS office and how this could impact final adjudication of the I-485 permanent residence application.
October 18, 2017
Frances Rayer and Scott Bettridge discuss a recent update to the 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program along with a change to application deadline dates.
October 04, 2017
Frances P. Rayer discusses the USCIS announcement that premium processing has been reinstated for all H-1B petitions and that effective October 3, 2017, employers may request to upgrade pending H-1B petitions to premium processing.
September 19, 2017
USCIS announced on Monday, September 18, 2017, that it will immediately accept premium processing requests of all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap. H-1B cap petitions filed in April 2017, requesting a start date of October 1, 2017, can now be upgraded to premium...
September 18, 2017
Fran Rayer discusses the Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Program (sometimes referred to as a green card) that enables foreign nationals to apply for permanent residence in the United States without employer or family sponsorship.