Christopher Helm

Christopher Helm

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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2018 Diversity “Green Card” Lottery Registration Period: Oct. 4 to Nov. 7, 2016

Registration for the U.S. Department of State’s electronic Diversity Visa (DV) “green card” lottery for fiscal year 2018 began at 12:00 noon U.S. Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Entries must be submitted by...more

10/18/2016 - Diversity Lottery Green Cards US Department of State Visas

New OPT STEM Rule Extends Employment Period for Foreign Students; Imposes New Obligations on Employers

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a revised rule which allows foreign students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to extend their 1-year period of Optional Practical...more

4/28/2016 - DHS E-Verify Foreign Students Hiring & Firing OPT Popular STEM Time Extensions Training Requirements

Reminder: H-1B Petition Deadline is April 1: Employers Need to Act Now

This is a quick reminder that employers should prepare now if they plan to file H-1B petitions on April 1, 2016 for the fiscal year commencing October 1, 2016. It is expected that the demand for H-1Bs will be very strong once...more

2/17/2016 - Foreign Workers H-1B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Popular Visa Caps

H-1B Petition Deadline is April 1: Employers Need to Act Now

This is a quick reminder that employers should prepare now if they plan to file H-1B petitions on April 1, 2016 for the fiscal year commencing Oct. 1, 2016. It is expected that the demand for H-1Bs will be very strong once...more

1/14/2016 - H-1B Visas

New Restrictions for Travelers Entering the USA on the Visa Waiver Program

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of qualifying countries to travel to the United States for business or pleasure without a visa for stays of up to 90 days. The 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 2029)...more

1/4/2016 - Consolidated Appropriations Act Iran Iraq Sudan Syria Terrorist Threats Visa Waiver Program

2017 Diversity “Green Card” Lottery Registration Period: Deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, Noon EST

Registration for the U.S. Department of State’s electronic Diversity Visa (DV) “green card” lottery for fiscal year 2017 began at 12:00 noon U.S. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Entries must be submitted by...more

10/15/2015 - Diversity Lottery Green Cards Immigrants Visas

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 Documents (EAD) 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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