Jennifer Roeper

Jennifer Roeper

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

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Government Shutdown Possible: Immigration Delays

If Congress is unable to arrive at an agreement on the 2016 federal budget, the Federal government may shut down, resulting in the suspension of some immigration services. Immigration functions that are funded by user fees –...more

9/22/2015 - DOL Federal Budget Government Shutdown PERM USCIS

Technical Problem Affects PERM Filings

A technical “glitch”, the result of a software update implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) on September 1, 2015, prevented some employers from filing PERM applications later in the month. According to the DOL,...more

9/16/2015 - DOL Electronic Filing PERM

Temporary Protected Status Announced for Yemen

Effective September 3, 2015, nationals of Yemen are eligible for Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for 18 months due to the ongoing armed conflict within the country. Yemen is experiencing widespread conflict and a resulting...more

9/9/2015 - Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) Temporary Protected Status Yemen

I-9 Violations Result in Harsh Consequences

A recent decision by the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer – United States of America V. Hartmann Studios, Inc. – has resulted in more than $600,000 in civil penalties for the employer/defendant. The...more

8/19/2015 - Administrative Hearings Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing I-9 Sanctions

USCIS Suspends Premium Processing of Petitions for H-1B Extension

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced yesterday that it will temporarily suspend premium processing of Petitions for H-1B extensions beginning on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. USCIS will continue to process H-1B...more

5/21/2015 - Delays H-1B Hiring & Firing Human Resources Professionals Immigration Procedures USCIS

DOL and DHS Release Joint New Rules for H-2B Visa Program

Last week the U.S. Departments of Labor and Homeland Security announced an interim final rule to reinstate and make improvements to the H-2B Visa program, and a final rule to establish the prevailing wage methodology to be...more

5/4/2015 - DHS DOL H-2B Interim Guidance Popular Prevailing Wages Visas

Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses

As a reminder, effective May 26, 2015, eligibility for employment authorization will be extended to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident status....more

4/10/2015 - Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) H-1B H-4 Spouses Visas

Congressman Jolly’s Bill Could Change Lives of E-2 Visa Holders

Congressman David Jolly of Florida is working on a bill that would provide a pathway for E-2 visa holders to obtain permanent residence based on the length of their residency in the United States and their economic stability....more

3/10/2015 - E-2 Immigration Procedures Permanent Residence Cards Proposed Legislation Visas

Temporary Injunction Issued Against DAPA And Expanded DACA

Judge Andrew Hanen, a federal judge in South Texas, temporarily blocked President Obama’s executive actions on immigration this past Monday, February 16. The lawsuit was brought by 26 states and Judge Hanen ruled that the...more

2/23/2015 - Deferred Action Immigration Reform Injunctions Obama Administration

USCIS Announces H-2B Cap Reached for the First Half of Fiscal Year 2015

USCIS announced that, as of January 26, 2015, it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated limit, or “cap” on the total number of foreign nationals who may seek a visa or otherwise...more

2/11/2015 - H-2B USCIS Visa Caps Visas

New Form I-129 Now Available

USCIS recently published revised Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker with an Oct. 23, 2014 edition date...more

1/14/2015 - I-129 USCIS

USCIS Updates Its List of 68 Countries Eligible to Participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

On December 16, 2014, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in consultation with Department of State, added five new countries to the list of countries eligible...more

12/19/2014 - DHS H-2A H-2B USCIS Visas

U.S. & China Extend Visas for Business Travelers, Tourists, and Students

As a reminder, following a meeting with President Xi Jinping from the People’s Republic of China to discuss U.S. and China foreign relations in November of this year, President Obama announced changes to certain visas issued...more

12/11/2014 - China Reciprocity Rules Visas

Executive Actions on Immigration… Now, what?

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is not currently accepting applications under President Obama’s Executive Actions. This notwisthanding, if you believe you will be eligible to apply for a benefit, you can...more

11/24/2014 - Barack Obama DACA DAPA Deportation Executive Orders Immigration Procedures Immigration Reform USCIS

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