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Travel Ban 3.0 Blocked by Judges

The most recent travel ban (commonly called Travel Ban 3.0), which was to go into effect today (October 18, 2017) has been enjoined by two federal courts, one in Hawaii and one in Maryland. The Hawaii court blocked...more

Clarification of Expanded Interview Requirement for "Green Cards"

At a recent “stakeholder” call, the government provided more information about the new universal interview requirement for green cards (permanent residence) issued in the United States (otherwise known as the “adjustment of...more

Iowa Driver's License Renewals for Temporary Visa Holders

Iowa Department of Transportation recently changed the procedure for license renewals for persons with temporary visas. The ability to obtain a driver’s license is often a reason people want to file visa applications with...more

Social Security Numbers May be Requested with Work Permission

The form I-765 has been revised so that applicants may request a Social Security number at the same time. The form is used to request work permission, known as EAD or Employment Authorization Document, by certain foreign...more

New Travel Ban

No doubt you have heard that the President issued a Proclamation extending and changing the travel ban which resulted in so much controversy earlier this year. The new ban is based on a survey of how countries in the world...more

Dream Act of 2017

If you are concerned about the rescission of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), now is the time to contact your senators and representatives. We would be happy to assist you with talking points or setting up a...more

Premium Processing for H-1Bs Resumes

Premium processing (expedited review by the government) has resumed as of October 3, 2017, for all H-1B petitions. If you are interested in using premium processing for a new or pending H-1B petition, please let us know. ...more

10/6/2017  /  H-1B , USCIS , Visas

Warning on F-1 Visas During OPT

The Department of State recently updated the Foreign Affairs Manual regarding issuance of F-1 visas. The change puts more emphasis on the applicant’s intent to return to the home country after study in the U.S....more

10/6/2017  /  F-1 Visa , OPT , US Department of State

DACA Rescinded: Help us Members of Congress - You Are Our Only Hope!

President Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program today, September 5, 2017. The program, originally put into place on June 15, 2012, gave people who had entered the U.S. as children and...more

USCIS to Interview Most "Green Card" Applicants: Expect Delays

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service has announced that effective October 1, 2017, applicants for “adjustment of status” (the last step in the “green card” process) based on employment sponsorship and for...more

Change in Government Process for "Advance Parole" Travel

This alert applies to you only if you are in H-1B, H-4, L-1 or L-2 status and you are applying for “adjustment of status” in the United States. If you have been approved to immigrate (approved PERM or approved Form I-140)...more

Another New I-9 Form Becomes Mandatory September 18, 2017

It was only six months ago that the new fillable I-9 for went into effect, but just this week (July 17, 2017) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service published a new version, deleting the November 16, 2016, version from its...more

Travel Ban 3.0

On June 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal of the injunction on the Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” known as the “travel ban,” in its...more

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

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