Christopher Helm

Christopher Helm

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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New Immigration Regulations Authorize Employment for Certain H-4 Spouses

Starting May 26, 2015, certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants will be permitted to apply for work authorization in the United States. Those permitted to work include individuals in H-4 status whose H-1B spouses...more

3/6/2015 - DHS Employment Authorization Document H-1B H-4 Spouses Spouses USCIS

Immigration Reminder: Prepare Now for April 1 H-1B Filing Deadline

This is a quick reminder that employers should prepare now if they plan to file H-1B petitions on April 1, 2015 for the fiscal year commencing Oct.1, 2015. It is expected that the demand for H-1Bs will be very strong once...more

2/26/2015 - Filing Deadlines H-1B

Annual Diversity “Green Card” Lottery Registration Period: Oct. 1 to Nov. 3, 2014

Registration for the U.S. Department of State’s electronic Diversity Visa (DV) “green card” lottery for fiscal year 2016 will begin at 12:00 noon U.S. Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Entries must be...more

9/25/2014 - Diversity Lottery Green Cards Immigrants Visas

DOMA Decision: Same-Sex Couples Can File Marriage-Based Immigration Petitions

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor, 570 U.S. ___ (2013) ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional. Shortly after, Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of the...more

7/5/2013 - Civil Unions DOMA Domestic Partnership Immigrants Immigration Procedures Immigration Reform Marriage Same-Sex Marriage US v Windsor Visas

New Form I-9s Available; Must Use for New Hires and Reverifications After May 7, 2013

On Friday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Form I-9 that employers should begin using for all new hires and reverifications. Employers may continue to use previously accepted revisions...more

3/12/2013 - Eligibility Hiring & Firing I-9 USCIS

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