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