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Executive Orders on Immigration: How Employers Can Prepare for Increased Enforcement Actions

Recent press reports describe worksite raids and other types of enforcement action by U.S. immigration authorities, illustrating the new immigration reality introduced by the Trump Administration. Employers have taken notice...more

Travel Ban: Executive Order Affecting Nationals of Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen

On Jan. 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order (“EO”) barring non-U.S. citizens who are citizens of Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen (the “Restricted Countries”) from entering the U.S. for at...more

New Version of Form I-9 – Employers Must Use On or Before Jan. 22, 2017

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification for employer use. Starting Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use only the new version of the Form I-9...more

2018 Diversity “Green Card” Lottery Registration Period: Oct. 4 to Nov. 7, 2016

Registration for the U.S. Department of State’s electronic Diversity Visa (DV) “green card” lottery for fiscal year 2018 began at 12:00 noon U.S. Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Entries must be submitted by...more

New OPT STEM Rule Extends Employment Period for Foreign Students; Imposes New Obligations on Employers

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a revised rule which allows foreign students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to extend their 1-year period of Optional Practical...more

Reminder: H-1B Petition Deadline is April 1: Employers Need to Act Now

This is a quick reminder that employers should prepare now if they plan to file H-1B petitions on April 1, 2016 for the fiscal year commencing October 1, 2016. It is expected that the demand for H-1Bs will be very strong once...more

H-1B Petition Deadline is April 1: Employers Need to Act Now

This is a quick reminder that employers should prepare now if they plan to file H-1B petitions on April 1, 2016 for the fiscal year commencing Oct. 1, 2016. It is expected that the demand for H-1Bs will be very strong once...more

1/14/2016  /  H-1B , Visas

New Restrictions for Travelers Entering the USA on the Visa Waiver Program

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of qualifying countries to travel to the United States for business or pleasure without a visa for stays of up to 90 days. The 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 2029)...more

2017 Diversity “Green Card” Lottery Registration Period: Deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, Noon EST

Registration for the U.S. Department of State’s electronic Diversity Visa (DV) “green card” lottery for fiscal year 2017 began at 12:00 noon U.S. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Entries must be submitted by...more

Federal Guidance Clarifies When and How Employers Can Accept California’s New AB 60 Driver’s Licenses from Possibly Unauthorized...

Since early 2015, qualified California residents have been able to apply for and receive a driver’s license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles without proving that their presence in the United States is authorized...more

H-1B Demand for Fiscal Year 2015 Anticipated to be High: File April 1, 2014 for October Start Date

USCIS will soon post its guidance for filing cap-subject H-1B petitions on April 1, 2014 for an Oct. 1, 2014 start date. It is anticipated that the demand for H-1Bs in fiscal year (FY) 2015 (which starts on Oct. 1, 2014) will...more

2/25/2014  /  Deadlines , H-1B , Immigrants , USCIS , Visas

E-Verify System Offline Due to Government Shutdown

As a result of the shutdown of the federal government, the E-Verify system is currently unavailable. E-Verify’s unavailability will have a significant impact on human resource operations for participating employers. To...more

10/4/2013  /  E-Verify , Government Shutdown , USCIS

Demand for New H-1Bs Anticipated to Be High: File April 1, 2013 for Oct. 1, 2013 Start Date

April 1, 2013 will be the first opportunity to file new H-1B petitions for employers wishing to hire new H-1B workers for an Oct. 1, 2013 start date. Because it is likely that the cap on the number of H-1Bs will be quickly...more

3/13/2013  /  H-1B , Visa Caps , Visas
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