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The Impact of the President’s Executive Action Upon U.S. Employers

On Thursday evening, November 20, 2014, President Obama announced that he was taking executive action that will primarily shield up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation. U.S. employers will benefit from...more

11/24/2014 - Barack Obama Deportation DHS Executive Orders Green Cards Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Immigration Reform PERM STEM USCIS

Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions For FY 2015 Should Be Filed On March 31, 2014 To Be Received By USCIS On April 1, 2014

The filing period for “new” H-1B petitions to be counted against the annual H-1B quota (the “H-1B cap”) for FY 2015 begins on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Note that petitions need to be mailed on March 31 to ensure receipt by the...more

1/24/2014 - Filing Deadlines H-1B Immigrants USCIS Visas

Will The New E-Verify Security Enhancement Help Or Hurt?

“E-Verify” is an internet-based system, operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Used in conjunction with Form I-9, Employment Eligibility...more

1/23/2014 - DHS E-Verify I-9 Immigrants Social Security Adminstration USCIS

Virginia’s Mandatory E-Verify Requirement Effective December 2013

At the federal level, E-Verify is mandatory only for certain federal contractors and subcontractors who must use E-Verify to confirm that particular employees are authorized to work in the United States. At the state level,...more

1/23/2014 - E-Verify Immigrants USCIS

Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions For FY 2015 Should Be Filed On March 31, 2014

The filing period for “new” H-1B petitions to be counted against the annual H-1B quota (the “H-1B cap”) for FY 2015 begins on Monday, March 31, 2014. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept cap-subject...more

12/3/2013 - H-1B Immigrants Quotas USCIS Visas

USCIS Seeking To Revise Form I-9 (Again)

Earlier this year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) introduced a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, the form that must be completed by all employers to verify the employment...more

9/25/2013 - I-9 USCIS Visas

L-1 Intracompany Transferees May Face New Challenges

Since the creation of the L visa category in 1970, the L-1 statutory provisions have been modified several times. In recent years, L-1 cases have been subject to heightened scrutiny both by the U.S. Citizenship and...more

9/25/2013 - L-1 National Security OIG USCIS Visas

DHS Report Signals New Challenges For L-1 Intracompany Transferees

The L visa allows qualifying multinational companies with a parent, subsidiary, branch, or affiliate abroad to transfer managers and executives (L-1A) and employees with “specialized knowledge” (L-1B) to work in the United...more

9/4/2013 - DHS Intra-Company Transferees L-1 USCIS Visas

Supreme Court Decision On DOMA Should Provide Equal Access To Immigration Benefits

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that denied federal benefits to same-sex partners....more

6/28/2013 - Citizenship DOMA Due Process Equal Protection Immigration and Nationality Act Immigration Reform Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor USCIS

FY 2014 H-1B Cap Reached, Selection Lottery Conducted

On April 5, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, for the first time since 2008, the H-1B cap for FY 2014 had been met within the first week of the filing period. According to the agency, it...more

4/9/2013 - H-1B USCIS Visa Caps Visas

Sequestration Likely to Affect Immigration Services

On March 1, 2013, the Budget Control Act, including sections mandating across-the-board budget cuts to federal agencies (known as “sequestration”), went into effect. The sequester is likely to negatively impact immigration...more

3/8/2013 - Customs and Border Protection Department of State DHS DOL ICE Sequestration Spending Cuts USCIS Visas

Immediate Relatives Of U.S. Citizens May Soon Apply For Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers In The United States

According to a final regulation, published on January 3, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has established a new process for certain individuals to apply for provisional unlawful presence waivers...more

1/18/2013 - Green Cards Unlawful Presence Waivers USCIS Visas Waivers

USCIS Implements New Immigrant Fee Starting February 1, 2013

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, beginning February 1, 2013, the agency will collect a $165 Immigrant Visa Department of Homeland Security Domestic Processing Fee (USCIS Immigrant Fee)...more

1/18/2013 - Department of State DHS Permanent Residence Cards USCIS USCIS Immigrant Fee Visas

“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” Initiative Effective as of August 15, 2012

The initiative to defer the deportation of eligible young persons without lawful immigration status was officially implemented on August 15, 2012, when the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting...more

9/14/2012 - Deferred Action DHS Dream Act USCIS

Employers Should Continue to Use Current Form I-9 After August 31, 2012

On August 13, 2012, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9, the form that must be completed by all employers to verify the employment eligibility...more

9/12/2012 - I-9 USCIS

FY 2013 H-1B Cap Reached

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, as of June 11, 2012, it had received enough H-1B cap-subject petitions to reach the annual 65,000 “regular cap” limit. On June 7, 2012, USCIS also...more

7/9/2012 - H-1B USCIS Visas

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