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Potential Government Shutdown: Immigration Consequences for Employers and their Foreign National Employees

Seyfarth Synopsis: If Congress fails to pass a funding bill by midnight on Friday, April 28, resulting in a federal government shutdown, it would trigger numerous immigration-related ripple effects on employers, both large...more

Trump Administration Issues “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order

Seyfarth Synopsis: The EO orders the Departments of State, Justice, Labor, and Homeland Security to propose new rules and issue new guidance to “protect the interests of U.S. workers” and “promote the functioning of the H-1B...more

H-1B Quota Reached

Seyfarth Synopsis: USCIS announced today that it has reached the FY 2018 H-1B Cap. On April 7, 2017, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received sufficient H-1B petitions to meet...more

New Department of State Cable Implements Extreme Vetting Measures

Seyfarth Synopsis: New DOS cable instructs U.S. consular posts to identify population groups for tougher visa screening, which will likely lead to increased processing times....more

Federal Courts Temporarily Block the Trump Administration's Revised Travel Ban

Seyfarth Synopsis: Federal judges from Hawaii and Maryland have issued nationwide Temporary Restraining Orders (TROs) effectively blocking the implementation of the Trump administration’s revised travel ban, which was...more

USCIS Suspends H-1B Premium Processing Beginning April 3, 2017

Seyfarth Synopsis: USCIS recently announced that the agency will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions beginning on April 3, 2017. USCIS indicates the purpose of the suspension is to process H-1B...more

Revised Travel Ban: President Trump Signs New Executive Order

Seyfarth Synopsis: On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new Executive Order temporarily restricting certain foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entry into the United States for 90...more

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Halt on Trump Administration's Travel Ban

Seyfarth Synopsis: A three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Trump administration’s motion to reinstate the travel ban. Late on Thursday, February 9, the Ninth Circuit panel voted to...more

Federal Court Temporarily Halts Suspension of Travel to U.S. for Previously Affected Foreign Nationals

Seyfarth Synopsis: Immediate Stay of Trump’s Executive Order has been denied and travel ban remains halted for now. On Friday, February 3, a Federal District Court in Washington issued a temporary restraining order...more

President Trump Signs Two Executive Orders on Immigration

Seyfarth Synopsis: On January 25, 2017, President Trump signed two Executive Orders, one focusing on border security and the construction of a physical wall along the southern border and another focusing on improving public...more

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Publishes Final Rule Improving Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa...

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers and foreign nationals should take note of critical changes to DHS’ regulations impacting employment-based immigration for highly skilled workers. On January 17, 2017, the Department of...more

Canada to Overhaul the Express Entry Permanent Residency Eligibility Requirements

Seyfarth Synopsis: Canada to significantly alter the Permanent Residency eligibility requirements under the Express Entry points-based program. The following alert is relevant to organizations with a presence in...more

USCIS Releases New Form I-9

Seyfarth Synopsis: USCIS releases new Form I-9, which employers must begin using no later than January 22, 2017. On November 14, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Form I-9,...more

Significant Increase in USCIS Filing Fees to Take Effect in December 2016

Seyfarth Synopsis: Effective December 23, 2016, the filing fees for many USCIS nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions and applications will increase. The filing fees for USCIS nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions and...more

10/25/2016  /  Filing Fees , USCIS , USCIS Immigrant Fee

New Canadian Entry Requirement: Leniency Period Extended to November 9, 2016

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Electronic Travel Authorization (the “eTA”), Canada’s new entry requirement for visa exempt nationals entering Canada by air, was announced in March 2016. The eTA effective date has been extended to...more

New Canadian Entry Requirement to Become Mandatory on September 29, 2016

Seyfarth Synopsis: Canada launched a new Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) that must be obtained by visa-exempt nationals entering Canada by air on or after September 29, 2016. Individuals requiring an eTA will not be...more

Canadian Immigration Updates

The following alert is directed to organizations with a presence in Canada or who anticipate the need to place talent at a Canadian work site. 1. Beginning December 1, 2016, Mexican Citizens Will Not Need a Visa for...more

DOJ to Increase Fines for Immigration-Related Violations

Seyfarth Synopsis: New regulations will increase fines on U.S. employers for unlawfully employing foreign nationals and engaging in unfair employment practices related to immigration. In the wake of the Bipartisan...more

USCIS Receives More Than 236,000 H-1B Cap Petitions and Completes Lottery Process

Seyfarth Synopsis: USCIS completes the lottery process and receives more than 236,000 H-1B cap petitions. On April 12, 2016, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received more...more

4/15/2016  /  H-1B , Popular , USCIS , Visa Caps

Electronic Passports Now Required for Visitors to the U.S. Under the Visa Waiver Program

Seyfarth Synopsis in a Second: Visa Waiver Program travelers to the U.S. must now possess an e-Passport. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that effective April 1, 2016, in accordance with the...more

H-1B Quota Reached

Seyfarth Synopsis in a Second: USCIS announced that the Fiscal Year 2017 H-1B quota has been reached. On April 7, 2016, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received sufficient H-1B...more

4/11/2016  /  H-1B , USCIS , Visa Caps

DHS Publishes Final Stem OPT Rule

On Thursday, March 10, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) published the long-anticipated final STEM Optional Practical Training (“OPT”) rule in the Federal Register. The final rule will take effect on May 10, 2016. ...more

3/14/2016  /  DHS , Final Rules , Foreign Students , OPT , STEM

H-1B Work Permit Filings: Will You Beat the Cap?

This Management Alert is intended to enable employers to identify any current employees and employment candidates who may require H-1B work permit sponsorship before October 1, 2017. We recommend that employers identify any...more

Canadian Immigration: Revisiting Canada’s Tough New Employer Compliance Regime

Strict New Penalties for Non-Compliant Employers - The Government of Canada is increasingly focused on employer compliance and has implemented a number of initiatives since 2014, including the overhaul of the Temporary...more

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