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How to Prepare for a Visit from ICE

With immigration in the news now more than ever, and a national shift in enforcement strategy by the Trump Administration, it is important to prepare your staff for a visit by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)...more

Trump Administration Takes Aim at H-1Bs

Besides the wall, another immigration-related theme made a frequent appearance in the presidential campaign: the H-1B visa. This program allows foreign nationals with a bachelor’s degree or higher (or the equivalent in...more

Travel Ban Suspended by Hawaii Federal Court

On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, a federal court in Hawaii temporarily enjoined the Executive Order commonly known as the “travel ban” that was to take effect today (Thursday, March 16, 2017). Several other federal courts have...more

USCIS Announces Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1Bs filed on or after April 3, 2017

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) announced its plan to stop premium processing on the first working day of April (Monday April 3, 2017) for all H-1B filings. Background - “Premium processing” is a...more

3/7/2017  /  H-1B , Time Extensions , USCIS

Travel Ban Reinstated

Today the White House released the promised updated “travel ban” Executive Order (“Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”). The original Executive Order was enjoined by a federal court on...more

Executive Order on Visa Issuance, Screening, and Refugee Admissions Policies

The President issued an Executive Order late Friday, January 27, 2017, banning entry for people from certain countries for 90 days. The situation developed over the weekend and continues to develop. ...more

REMINDER: New I-9 Form Now Required

The new version of the I-9 form is now required for all hires as of January 22, 2017. The form may be completed online, printed, and signed, or it may be printed and completed manually....more

1/24/2017  /  I-9 , Required Forms , USCIS

New National Interest Waiver Standard: Removing obstacles for many talented immigrants

Despite a wide variety of opinions about immigration, most people agree that a person who will benefit the national interest should be allowed to immigrate. While immigration law includes a path for immigration in the...more

New Electronic I-9 Form - Some Bugs and Tricky Provisions

A new I-9 form was released this week, which will become mandatory on January 22, 2017. Until that time, employers may continue to use the “old” version (dated 03/08/2013). Electronic completion - The form now can...more

Election Results: What does it mean for immigrants and their employers?

The election of Donald Trump to the presidency will undoubtedly change immigration processes, and could change immigration laws. While it is too early to know anything for certain, we are carefully monitoring developments...more

Form 1095-C and I-9 Compliance: How to handle "mismatches"

Employers complying with the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) by filing Form 1095-C increasingly face another question: Are they in compliance with their I-9 obligations? The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires employers with...more

New STEM OPT Rule Goes Into Effect May 10: Good news and challenges

Both F-1 students and employers have been following the litigation over the F-1 OPT (optional practical training) program. The government was sued by tech workers in Washington, D.C. regarding a part of this program, the...more

Information about H-1B Filings FY2017

The H-1B “cap” petition filing deadline is quickly approaching. As a reminder, this is the national deadline for submitted petitions to sponsor workers in “specialty occupations” for those positions that are subject to the...more

3/31/2016  /  Filing Deadlines , H-1B , Lottery , OPT , STEM , USCIS , Visa Caps

Immigration Update: Court grants government extension request for OPT STEM rule

An update to the notice we posted last week about the ongoing STEM OPT litigation: The court, in Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, granted the government (Department of...more

U.S. Department of State Implements Visa Waiver Program Entry Restrictions

The budget bill, which was signed into law in December, disallows “Visa Waiver” entries for nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan (whether or not they have ever visited those countries) and persons from any country who have...more

Update on STEM OPT Litigation

Many of you are following the STEM OPT saga closely. As the original deadline of February 12, 2016, approaches, we are providing this brief update. As background, the OPT (optional practical training) program is part...more

Budget bill brings both relief and disappointment (or Congressional leadership is both naughty and nice*)

Congressional leaders worked late into the night Tuesday to reach agreement on the federal budget (or omnibus appropriations in Washington-speak). Although the bill has not become law, passage is expected this week....more

Immigration Update: Visa application dates moved back in some categories for October 1 filings

The Department of State released a revised October Visa Bulletin Friday, September 25. The revision moves back several categories in the new Dates for Filing charts. (For the original dates, please see our previous post...more

New Immigrant Application Filing Dates Announced for October

Some hoped-for change is finally here. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) have coordinated a system to allow “early” filing of the final step in the green card process for...more

What is going on with STEM OPT?

A recent federal court ruling has created uncertainty and speculation about the STEM OPT program. This summary is provided to inform employers and F-1 STEM students of the facts about the effect of this decision....more

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Update on Visa Delays and H-1B News

Visa Delays World Wide - The Department of State (DOS) has announced that due to a central computer hardware problem, visa issuance has temporarily stopped. Applicants interviewed after June 9 will experience...more

EADs for H-4 Spouses Rule Announced

As promised since President Obama’s Executive Action of November 20, 2014, USCIS is amending its rules to allow work authorization for H-4 spouses in certain instances effective May 26, 2015. H-4 spouses (spouse...more

Initial Outline of the President's Executive Action on Immigration

We reviewed the outlines of the President's plan on immigration that he announced last week. These are broad outlines gained from a meeting with the White House that included staff of the American Immigration Lawyers...more

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Possible Executive Action - How to prepare

The news is abuzz with speculation about executive action by President Obama in the coming days. Despite these “leaks” no one really knows whether action will be taken or what any plan may contain. ...more

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: L-1 Visa Inspections Have Begun

The Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) unit of USCIS has begun inspecting L-1 visa holders as planned. FDNS has inspected (and likely is continuing to inspect) H-1B holders for several years. L-1s are the latest...more

8/5/2014  /  FDNS , Immigrants , L-1 , USCIS , Visas
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