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Employers: April 3 Start Date for 2018 H-1B Visa Applications

Employers may first apply for Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B visas for individuals not currently in H-1B status on Monday, April 3, 2017 for a start date of October 1, 2017....more

New DHS Rule Gives Employers, Employees Flexibility in the Face of Immigrant Visa Backlogs

The Department of Homeland Security published a final rule on November 18, 2016, relating to certain employment-based visa programs. The new regulations will go into effect on January 17, 2017. The rule focuses on job...more

Immigration Update: USCIS Announces Filing Fee Increases

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) published new fee schedule for immigration and naturalization benefit requests. The fee schedule was last adjusted on November 23, 2010. The rule is in effect for applications or...more

USCIS: Form I-9 Remains in Effect After Expiration Date

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that until further notice employers should continue to use the existing Form I-9 for employment eligibility verification. The current version of the form will...more

Last Call for New Cap H-1Bs and International Student STEM Optional Practical Training Changes

April 1 is the filing date for new H-1B cap subject applications. There is a 7-day process that must be completed through Department of Labor prior to filing. If you have any potential H-1B petitions (foreign students on...more

H-4 Spouse Employment Authorization and H-1B Cap Reminder

On May 26, 2015, USCIS will begin accepting employment authorization applications for some H-4 dependent spouses. H-4 spouses are eligible for work authorization if their H-1B spouses have...more

Employers: April 1 Start Date for 2016 H-1B Visa Applications

Employers may first apply for 2016 H-1B visas for individuals not currently in H-1B status on April 1, 2015 with a start date of October 1, 2015. USCIS received approximately 172,500 H-1B petitions during the first week...more

Growing Michigan - Fourth Quarter 2014

In This Issue: - GAPPs Improve Michigan Food Processing - 30 Projects Announced to Support Michigan Specialty Crop Growers - Proposed Privacy Fences Around Michigan Apiaries - Great Lakes Ag-Tech...more

President Obama Announces Plan for Executive Action on Immigration

Yesterday evening, President Obama announced his administration's plans to utilize executive action to reform the current immigration system. The announced plan includes the following employment-based immigration changes...more

Growing Michigan - Third Quarter 2014

In This Issue: - Food and Drug Administration Not Required to Ban Antibiotics Given to Food-Producing Animals - U.S. Department of Agriculture Expands Crop Insurance under 2014 Farm Bill -...more

Growing Michigan - Second Quarter 2014

For decades, the Environmental Protection Agency has been charged with administering the United States Clean Water Act. One question that has bedeviled farmers, business owners and individuals – as well as judges and lawyers...more

Employers: April 1 Start Date For 2015 H-1B Visa Applications

Employers may first apply for 2015 H-1B visas for individuals not currently in H-1B status on April 1, 2014 with a start date of October 1, 2014. USCIS received approximately 124,000 H-1B petitions during the first week...more

2/11/2014  /  H-1B , Immigrants , USCIS , Visas

Growing Michigan - Fourth Quarter 2013

In This Issue: - Proposed EPA Water Rule Could Expand Regulatory Authority Over Streams and Wetlands - USDA Finalizes Import Regulations for "Mad Cow Disease" - Organic Farmers Effected by Farm Bill Extension...more

1/20/2014  /  EPA , Farm Bill , Farms , Food Labeling , Organic , USDA , Water

OSC Discourages Pre-Populating Section 1 When Using Electronic I-9 Programs

The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices ("OSC") recently issued an opinion letter discouraging the practice of pre-populating Section 1 of the Form I-9 when utilizing electronic I-9...more

Senate Passes Immigration Reform

The Senate passed its comprehensive immigration reform bill. ...more

Supreme Court Clears Way For Same-Sex Spouse Immigration Benefits

The Supreme Court Defense Of Marriage Act decision allows US Citizenship and Immigration Services to process immigration benefits to same-sex spouses who entered into a marriage where the marriage was legally authorized. ...more

Growing Michigan - Second Quarter 2013

In This Issue: - Monsanto Wins Supreme Court Patent Case Concerning Roundup Ready Soy Beans - Farm Bill Moves Forward But Remains in Doubt - Bridge to Prosperity: New Bridge Between U.S. and Canada Approved -...more

Battery Currents: Advanced Energy Storage - April 4, 2013

In This Issue: - Chinese Auto Parts Maker Buys A123 Systems - Return of ARRA Funds - Tax Incentives Extended for Battery Maker - Ford Increases Electric Vehicle Dealers and Pushes Sales - Michigan Lithium-Ion...more

4/9/2013

FY 2014 H-1B Visa Cap Closed And Lottery Selection Process

On April 5, 2013, USCIS closed FY 2014 H-1B filings after receipt of approximately 124,000 petitions. USCIS conducted a lottery process to determine the 20,000 U.S. Master Degree and 65,000 general category H-1Bs to be...more

4/9/2013  /  H-1B , Immigration Reform , Lottery , USCIS , Visas

USCIS Correction: English Version I-9 Must Be Completed By Most Employers

The new Form I-9 is available in English and Spanish. USCIS clarified that Spanish I-9 is available for completion only by Puerto Rico employers. All employers may continue to use the Spanish form for reference, but the...more

3/14/2013  /  Eligibility , Hiring & Firing , I-9 , USCIS

New Form I-9 Effective May 7, 2013

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the revised Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification "(Rev. 03/08/13) N" will be available on USCIS's website (www.uscis.gov) on March 8, 2013. At the time of...more

3/8/2013  /  Eligibility , Hiring & Firing , I-9 , USCIS

Preparing For Seasonal Agricultural Labor

The U.S. government's expected focus on immigration and employment law enforcement in 2013 will continue to significantly impact agricultural employers. In 2012, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security...more

Michigan Secretary Of State To Issue Driver’s Licenses To DACA Recipients

Beginning February 19, 2013, the Michigan Department of State will begin issuing driver's licenses and state identification cards to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. The change is based on an United...more

2014 H-1B Visas

Employers may first apply for 2014 H-1B visas for individuals not currently in H-1B status on April 1, 2013 with a start date of October 1, 2013. The 2013 H-1B visa cap was reached on June 11, 2012 and this year we expect the...more

1/31/2013  /  H-1B , Visas

USCIS Announces Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Process

On March 4, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting applications for a new provisional waiver process that will allow qualifying immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents) of U.S....more

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