Jorge Lopez

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Critical Filing Dates for FY 2018 H-1B Cap

Employers that wish to sponsor H-1B workers for Fiscal Year 2018 can begin filing petitions on April 1, 2017, for a start date of October 1, 2017.  The H-1B visa is used by businesses that wish to employ foreign nationals to...more

1/20/2017 - Filing Deadlines H-1B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Immigrants Immigration Procedures Lottery USCIS Visa Caps Visas

Employers Must Use the New Form I-9 Starting January 22, 2017

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) rolled out a new Form I-9 in November 2016. Starting January 22, 2017, all employers must use the new Form I-9, which is dated November 14, 2016 (the edition date is on...more

1/18/2017 - Electronic Filing Eligibility Foreign Workers Hiring & Firing I-9 Immigrants Required Forms U.S. Customs USCIS Verification Requirements Visas

Reducing Redundancy: Colorado Repeals its State-Specific Employment Verification Requirement

Effective August 10, 2016, Colorado has eliminated the requirement that employers collect and retain state employment verification forms for each new hire. The Colorado General Assembly concluded that the state collection...more

8/19/2016 - Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing I-9 Record Retention Required Forms USCIS Verification Requirements

Fifth Circuit Overturns $226,000 Fine Imposed on a Staffing Company for Completing Section 2 of Form I-9 Remotely

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) takes the position that employers must physically review original documents in the actual presence of a new hire when completing the attestation in Section 2 of the Form I-9 (the...more

8/15/2016 - Corporate Counsel DHS E-Verify Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing I-9 ICE Immigration Immigration and Nationality Act OCAHO Popular Staffing Agencies

Important Reminders for Employers Regarding this Year's H-1B Cap

As we head into the final month before petitions for H-1B visas must be filed for Fiscal Year 2017, employers should keep the following information in mind: FEIN Validation - If an employer has not filed a labor...more

2/26/2016 - EIN Foreign Workers H-1B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Labor Condition Applications USCIS Visa Caps Wage and Hour

Critical Filing Dates for FY 2017 H-1B Cap

Employers who wish to sponsor H-1B workers for Fiscal Year 2017 can begin filing petitions on April 1, 2016 for a start date of October 1, 2016. The H-1B visa is used by businesses who wish to employ foreign nationals to...more

1/21/2016 - DOL Filing Requirements H-1B Labor Condition Applications USCIS

DOL Proposes New Rule for Certain Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Programs Affecting Employment

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a proposed rule to amend employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs. The new rule is intended to benefit both U.S. employers and foreign national...more

1/20/2016 - Corporate Counsel EB-1 Grace Period H-1B I-140 I-9 L-1 Non-Immigrant Visas Work Visas

DOL Misclassification Guidance on Independent Contractors Could Affect Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Classifications

On July 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor issued guidance to clarify when workers can be classified as independent contractors or employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This Administrator’s Interpretation...more

10/26/2015 - B-1 Business Visitor Canada DOL ESTA FLSA Foreign Nationals Foreign Workers H-1B Independent Contractors Mexico Misclassification NAFTA Popular TN-Visas Wage and Hour Work Visas

USCIS Issues New Procedures for Determining Time for Filing Green Card Application

On September 9, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) promulgated new procedures for determining the visa availability date for individuals waiting to file employment- and family-based applications for...more

9/18/2015 - DOL Executive Orders Filing Deadlines Green Cards H-1B Immigration Reform Obama Administration US Department of State USCIS Visas Work Visas

Current Immigration Consequences of the Government Shutdown

With the federal government shutdown now a reality, employers should be aware of the immigration consequences. The following outlines how the government shutdown is affecting the operations at agencies that process...more

10/4/2013 - DHS DOL E-Verify Government Shutdown Social Security Administration (SSA) Tentative Nonconfirmation

Workplace Policy Institute: Immigration Reform in 2013 - What U.S. Employers Can Expect

For the past decade, lawmakers have discussed immigration reform, but changes to U.S. immigration laws have been minimal. During the 2012 election campaign President Obama pledged to place immigration reform at the top of his...more

2/6/2013 - ACHIEVE Act DACA Dream Act E-Verify Foreign Nationals Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 Immigration Reform Non-Immigrant Visas STEM Visas

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