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USCIS Receives Around 172,500 H-1B Petitions, Completes Selection Lottery

On April 7, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) stated that it had received sufficient H-1B cap-subject petitions to reach the annual 65,000 “regular cap” limit for fiscal year (FY) 2015. USCIS also...more

4/11/2014 - H-1B USCIS Visa Caps

FY 2015 H-1B Cap Reached, Selection Lottery To Be Conducted

On April 7, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received sufficient H-1B cap-subject petitions to reach the annual 65,000 “regular cap” limit for fiscal year (FY) 2015. USCIS also...more

4/8/2014 - H-1B USCIS Visa Caps Visas

Is 2014 The Year For Immigration Reform?

Last year saw renewed efforts at a comprehensive immigration reform bill with the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan passage of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744), a bill that...more

3/28/2014 - Border Security Immigrants Immigration Modernization Act Immigration Reform

USCIS Delivers On Its Promise To Conduct L-1 Employer Site Visits

In the August/September 2013 issue of the Immigration eAuthority, we reported on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) plans to have its Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) unit conduct...more

3/28/2014 - Immigrants L-1 USCIS Visas

Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions For FY 2015 Should Be Filed On March 31, 2014 To Be Received By USCIS On April 1, 2014

The filing period for “new” H-1B petitions to be counted against the annual H-1B quota (the “H-1B cap”) for FY 2015 begins on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Note that petitions need to be mailed on March 31 to ensure receipt by the...more

1/24/2014 - Filing Deadlines H-1B Immigrants USCIS Visas

Heavy Demand Results In Untimely Retrogression For EB-2 India

Employers and their attorneys monitor the U.S. Department of State (DOS) Visa Bulletin to determine when sponsored employees may file adjustment of status applications on Form I-485 (the last step in the permanent residence...more

1/24/2014 - Department of State EB-2 I-485 Applications Immigrants Retrogression Visas

Will The New E-Verify Security Enhancement Help Or Hurt?

“E-Verify” is an internet-based system, operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Used in conjunction with Form I-9, Employment Eligibility...more

1/23/2014 - DHS E-Verify I-9 Immigrants Social Security Adminstration USCIS

California’s New Anti-Retaliation Protections For Foreign Workers Effective January 2014

In October 2013, California enacted several new laws that provide California workers, who are seeking to change their personal information, engage in whistleblower activity, or exercise their workplace rights, with expanded...more

1/23/2014 - Anti-Retaliation Provisions Foreign Nationals Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Virginia’s Mandatory E-Verify Requirement Effective December 2013

At the federal level, E-Verify is mandatory only for certain federal contractors and subcontractors who must use E-Verify to confirm that particular employees are authorized to work in the United States. At the state level,...more

1/23/2014 - E-Verify Immigrants USCIS

Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions For FY 2015 Should Be Filed On March 31, 2014

The filing period for “new” H-1B petitions to be counted against the annual H-1B quota (the “H-1B cap”) for FY 2015 begins on Monday, March 31, 2014. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept cap-subject...more

12/3/2013 - H-1B Immigrants Quotas USCIS Visas

Expect Significant EB-2 India Retrogression In December

The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Visa Bulletin sets out per country priority dates that regulate when an individual can begin the final phase of the “green card” process, either through adjustment of status or consular...more

11/21/2013 - Department of State EB-2 Green Cards USCIS Visas

ICE (Again) Changes Its Position On Pre-Population Of Section 1 Of Form I-9

An important issue for many employers that use electronic I-9 systems is the pre-population of employee information in Section 1 of the I-9 form by electronic I-9 programs. Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, is...more

11/21/2013 - DHS E-Verify I-9 ICE USCIS Visas

USCIS Clarifies Eligibility Requirements For STEM OPT Extension

A recent interim policy memorandum, released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), clarifies the degree completion requirements for the 17-month extension of Optional Practical Training (OPT) available to...more

11/21/2013 - F-1 Immigrants STEM Students USCIS Visas

New Bill Calls For Biometric Exit-Tracking System

A key element of immigration control involves tracking the arrival and departure of foreign visitors to the United States. While the need for arrival controls is apparent, many argue that recording departures is also...more

11/21/2013 - Biometric Information DHS Foreign Nationals Immigrants Visitors

Justice Department Settles Citizenship Status Discrimination Claim

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), through the Civil Rights Division’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), recently settled a claim alleging that the company in question...more

11/21/2013 - Discrimination DOJ F-1 H-1B Immigration and Nationality Act OSC Settlement Visas

Immigration Consequences Of A Possible Federal Government Shutdown

If the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate fail to pass a bill financing the federal government, it will likely result in a partial government shutdown on October 1, 2013. The effect of a shutdown will vary among...more

9/30/2013 - Customs and Border Protection Department of State DOL Government Shutdown USCIS

DOJ And NLRB Agree To Cooperate In Investigating Labor And Immigration Law Violations

On July 8, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that the Civil Rights Division’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) had entered into a Memorandum of...more

9/25/2013 - DOJ Immigration Procedures Memorandum of Understanding NLRB OSC Policy Violations

USCIS Seeking To Revise Form I-9 (Again)

Earlier this year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) introduced a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, the form that must be completed by all employers to verify the employment...more

9/25/2013 - I-9 USCIS Visas

L-1 Intracompany Transferees May Face New Challenges

Since the creation of the L visa category in 1970, the L-1 statutory provisions have been modified several times. In recent years, L-1 cases have been subject to heightened scrutiny both by the U.S. Citizenship and...more

9/25/2013 - L-1 National Security OIG USCIS Visas

Justice Department Settles Two Immigration-Related Discrimination Claims

The Department of Justice (DOJ), through its Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), recently settled two claims alleging discrimination, based on unfair documentary practices...more

9/24/2013

Justice Department Cautions Against Re-Verification Of I-9 Documents By General Contractor

The Department of Justice (DOJ), through its Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), recently issued a Technical Assistance Letter in response to a written request by a...more

9/24/2013 - Citizenship Status Discrimination Discrimination DOJ General Contractors I-9 OSC Verification Requirements Visas

DHS Report Signals New Challenges For L-1 Intracompany Transferees

The L visa allows qualifying multinational companies with a parent, subsidiary, branch, or affiliate abroad to transfer managers and executives (L-1A) and employees with “specialized knowledge” (L-1B) to work in the United...more

9/4/2013 - DHS Intra-Company Transferees L-1 USCIS Visas

Recent OCAHO Decision Reminds Employers To Complete Accurate And Timely I-9 Forms

As immigration reform measures proceed through Congress, it is critical that employers are prepared for strict worksite enforcement of I-9 requirements to prevent costly auditing and penalties for paperwork violations or the...more

7/17/2013 - Compliance Deadlines Filing Requirements I-9 Immigrants OCAHO Penalties Required Documentation Visas

Staggered Implementation Of Georgia And North Carolina E-Verify Laws Completed On July 1

In May and June 2011 respectively, the states of Georgia and North Carolina each passed laws mandating the use of E-Verify, an internet-based system, administered by the federal government, which allows businesses to...more

7/17/2013 - Compliance E-Verify I-9 Immigrants Small Business Visas Work Permits

Sweeping Immigration Reform Bill Passes Senate

On June 27, 2013, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744) passed the Senate by a vote of 68 to 32....more

7/16/2013 - Immigration Reform New Legislation

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