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H-1B Worksite Changes: Can Employers Expect Relief Before August 19th Deadline?

As H-1B employers scramble to create a plan of action to ensure compliance with new guidelines and interpretations surrounding H-1B workers and changes in worksite, industry leaders are calling for more temperate policy...more

7/9/2015 - Compliance Employee Relocations Filing Requirements Foreign Workers H-1B Hiring & Firing USCIS

Visa Processing Nearly Back Online After Critical Hardware Failure, but Bottleneck May Take Weeks to Clear

After a major hardware failure on June 9th that created significant delays in processing and issuing visas, the Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) for U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide is nearly back online. As of...more

6/25/2015 - Agricultural Workers Passports Popular Security Checks USCIS Visas

Get to Work: Employment Authorization for H-4 Spouses

On May 26, 2015, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting applications for employment authorization from certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants. Eligible individuals include H-4...more

6/3/2015 - Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) H-1B H-4 Spouses Human Resources Professionals Immigration Procedures USCIS

A Busy Summer Ahead for Some H-1B Employers: USCIS Instructs on H-1Bs with Worksite Changes

In a controversial ruling last month that changed years of established policy, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) issued an H-1B precedent decision. At issue was whether an employer is required to file not only a new...more

6/1/2015 - Administrative Appeal Office H-1B Human Resources Professionals Location Changes USCIS

USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Extension of Stay Petitions

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced yesterday that starting May 26, 2015, it will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B Extension of Stay petitions until July 27, 2015. Employers are urged...more

5/20/2015 - H-1B H-4 Spouses Immigration Non-Immigrant Visas USCIS Visas

Two New TPS Extensions Announced - Time to Update Form I-9s for Registered Employees

Employers are reminded to "auto extend" the work authorization of eligible nationals by recording the necessary information on their Form I-9s. In the coming weeks, employment authorization documents (EAD)s for a number of...more

3/4/2015 - Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) Foreign Nationals I-9 Temporary Protected Status Time Extensions

USCIS Announcement Today: Applications for Employment Authorization of Certain Spouses of H-1B Non-Immigrants Begins In May

Earlier today, February 24, 2015, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced they will begin accepting applications for employment authorization from certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants...more

2/25/2015 - Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) H-1B H-4 Spouses Spouses USCIS

The H-1B Visa - the New Powerball The H-1B Visa: The New Powerball

The Time is Now - Based on the extremely limited nature of the H-1B filing window, employers are advised to begin laying the groundwork now to maximize the opportunity to obtain one of the highly coveted H-1B slots....more

2/24/2015 - H-1B Immigration Procedures Lottery Visa Caps Visas

Ebola Ripple Effect: Eligible Nationals from Certain West African Nations Granted Temporary Protected Status

On November 20, 2014, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced his decision to designate Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus...more

12/5/2014 - Ebola Foreign Nationals Popular Temporary Protected Status

The Intersection of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and the Form I-9: What All US Employers Need to Know

In This Issue: - What Is TPS? - What Is the Importance of TPS to an Employer? - May I hire or continue to employ someone with an expired Employment Authorization Document (EAD)? - How do I know my...more

10/2/2014 - Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) I-9 Immigrants Popular Temporary Protected Status Visas

Immigration Violations Cost Resort Chain $2.5M – What Is Your Compliance Exposure?

In This Issue: - Timeline - Exposure and Liability - What Should Employers Take Away from This? - For More Information - About Polsinelli’s Immigration Practice - Excerpt from...more

9/22/2014 - Compliance Employer Liability Issues Hospitality Industry Immigrants Visas

Health Care Provider Personally Liable for $1.1 Million Due to Improper Payroll Deductions from Foreign National Employees

The United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit has found the owner of a medical clinic personally liable for a $1.1 million award for back pay and fines because H-1B visa and J-1 waiver fees were deducted from the pay of...more

9/15/2014 - Back Pay Corporate Counsel Foreign Nationals H-1B Healthcare Immigrants J-1 Visas Popular Visas

Baby Steps On The Road To Immigration Reform

With the future of immigration reform still up in the air the Obama administration is forging ahead on its own. On May 6th, as part of an ongoing effort to attract and retain highly skilled immigrants, the Department of...more

5/16/2014 - DHS Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Immigrants Immigration Reform Visas

The Light Went Out On My Star: Don't Lose F-1 Employees While Waiting On H-1B Approval

It is common for companies to hire college students and plan to continue their employment after graduation. Increasingly, many foreign college students are in the United States on F-1, student visas and receive 12 months of...more

2/26/2014 - F-1 Foreign Workers H-1B Visa Caps Visas

Tick Tock: The H-1B Visa Clock Is Ticking

The H-1B is the main visa used by U.S. employers to hire highly skilled, professional, foreign workers. Each year on October 1, approximately 65,000 H-1Bs are made available (with an additional 20,000 for foreign nationals...more

2/4/2014 - Deadlines H-1B Immigrants USCIS Visas

Employer Immigration Information Now Available To The Public

Recent changes by the U.S. Department of Labor will make public certain information concerning their foreign national employees. On July 1, 2013, in furtherance of the Department of Labor's Open Government Initiative,...more

7/31/2013 - DOL Foreign Nationals Labor Certifications

Labor & Employment Law Update - January 2013 : New Year Employer Checklist

In This Issue: - New Health Care Mandates - I-9's for Immigration in 2013 - A Policies and Procedures Review - Classifying Employees as Exempt or Non-Exempt? - Awareness of National Labor Relations Board...more

1/17/2013 - Affordable Care Act Compliance DOL Exempt-Employees Full-Time Employees Healthcare I-9 ICE NLRA NLRB Non-Exempt Employees Pay or Play Payroll Taxes

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