Ceridwen Koski

Ceridwen Koski

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

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Severe Delays at USCIS Create Need for Nimble Approach by Employers

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) service centers are experiencing severe delays in processing immigration cases due to an overwhelming backlog. USCIS has not publicly identified the cause of the delays or...more

3/8/2016 - H-1B Time Extensions USCIS Visas

5 Key Developments in the H–2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Workers Program

On December 18, 2015, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (the Act) was signed into law. In addition to approving funding for a broad range of federal programs and agencies, the law also enacted a number of changes to...more

1/25/2016 - Consolidated Appropriations Act DOL H-2B Prevailing Wages

DHS Issues New Regulations for Certain Highly Skilled Workers

On Friday, January 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published a final rule—Enhancing Opportunities for H–1B1, CW–1, and E–3 Nonimmigrants and EB–1 Immigrants—in the Federal Register. The new regulations,...more

1/20/2016 - CW-1 DHS E-3 Final Rules H-1B1 Visas

A Potential Federal Government Shutdown: The Immigration Implications for Employers

Congress has until September 30, 2015 to reach an agreement on the 2016 Fiscal Year federal budget. If an agreement to fund the federal government is not reached, immigration processes are expected to be impacted as they were...more

9/24/2015 - Canada Customs and Border Protection DOL E-Verify Federal Contractors Foreign Nationals H-1B I-9 Labor Condition Applications PERM Prevailing Wages Security Checks USCIS Visas

Advertising Requirements in PERM—A Survey of BALCA’s Application of 20 CFR § 656.17(f)(7)

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) permanent labor certification (PERM) program requires employers to conduct specific recruiting activities to test the labor market before filing an application. The regulation at 20 CFR §...more

9/3/2015 - Advertising BALCA Criminal Background Checks DOL Employee Housing Hiring & Firing PERM Recruitment Policies Travel Wages

U.S. Work Visas for International Startup Entrepreneurs: Plan Well, Know Your Options

The best way to ensure compliance with immigration regulations is to plan as far in advance as possible and to know when it is necessary to obtain a visa. ...more

8/27/2015 - Business Formation Entrepreneurs H1-B Legal Perspectives Popular Startups Visas Work Visas Young Lawyers

OIG 2015 Plan Focuses on ICE’s Business Selection Process for I-9 Investigation

As part of its 2015 fiscal year Annual Performance Plan published on October 1, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) will review the approach of Immigration and Customs...more

11/17/2014 - Audits DHS Enforcement I-9 ICE OIG

EB-2 India Retrogresses Significantly in November

As predicted in the August/September 2014 issue of the Immigration eAuthority, the U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Visa Bulletin for November 2014 indicates that the priority date for the employment-based second preference...more

10/13/2014 - EB-2 Hiring & Firing US Department of State USCIS Visas

Cap-Subject H-1Bs Will Be Effective October 1

On October 1, 2014, FY 2015 H-1B cap-subject visa petitions will be valid. Individuals in possession of valid H-1B petitions must take appropriate action to demonstrate work authorization for the petitioning employer. For...more

9/16/2014 - H-1B Immigrants Visa Caps Visas

USCIS Clarifies Eligibility Requirements For STEM OPT Extension

A recent interim policy memorandum, released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), clarifies the degree completion requirements for the 17-month extension of Optional Practical Training (OPT) available to...more

11/21/2013 - Form F-1 Immigrants STEM Students USCIS Visas

FAQs on Immigration Processing During the Federal Government Shutdown

As of the evening of October 3, 2013, Congress had not yet reached an agreement to fund the federal government. As a result, some federal agencies that rely solely on government funding cannot provide services and have been...more

10/7/2013 - DOL Government Shutdown Immigrants USCIS Visas

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