Nina Thekdi

Nina Thekdi

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President Obama Announces Plan for Executive Action on Immigration

Yesterday evening, President Obama announced his administration's plans to utilize executive action to reform the current immigration system. The announced plan includes the following employment-based immigration changes...more

11/24/2014 - Barack Obama DACA Deportation DHS Executive Orders Green Cards Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Immigration Reform PERM STEM

Employers: April 1 Start Date For 2015 H-1B Visa Applications

Employers may first apply for 2015 H-1B visas for individuals not currently in H-1B status on April 1, 2014 with a start date of October 1, 2014. USCIS received approximately 124,000 H-1B petitions during the first week...more

2/11/2014 - H-1B Immigrants USCIS Visas

OSC Discourages Pre-Populating Section 1 When Using Electronic I-9 Programs

The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices ("OSC") recently issued an opinion letter discouraging the practice of pre-populating Section 1 of the Form I-9 when utilizing electronic I-9...more

8/29/2013 - Anti-Discrimination Policies I-9 Immigration and Nationality Act Immigration Reform OSC

Senate Passes Immigration Reform

The Senate passed its comprehensive immigration reform bill. ...more

7/1/2013 - I-9 Immigration Reform Proposed Legislation

Supreme Court Clears Way For Same-Sex Spouse Immigration Benefits

The Supreme Court Defense Of Marriage Act decision allows US Citizenship and Immigration Services to process immigration benefits to same-sex spouses who entered into a marriage where the marriage was legally authorized. ...more

7/1/2013 - Citizenship DOMA Equal Protection Same-Sex Marriage US v Windsor USCIS

FY 2014 H-1B Visa Cap Closed And Lottery Selection Process

On April 5, 2013, USCIS closed FY 2014 H-1B filings after receipt of approximately 124,000 petitions. USCIS conducted a lottery process to determine the 20,000 U.S. Master Degree and 65,000 general category H-1Bs to be...more

4/9/2013 - H-1B Immigration Reform Lottery USCIS Visas

USCIS Correction: English Version I-9 Must Be Completed By Most Employers

The new Form I-9 is available in English and Spanish. USCIS clarified that Spanish I-9 is available for completion only by Puerto Rico employers. All employers may continue to use the Spanish form for reference, but the...more

3/14/2013 - Eligibility Hiring & Firing I-9 USCIS

New Form I-9 Effective May 7, 2013

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the revised Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification "(Rev. 03/08/13) N" will be available on USCIS's website (www.uscis.gov) on March 8, 2013. At the time of...more

3/8/2013 - Eligibility Hiring & Firing I-9 USCIS

Michigan Secretary Of State To Issue Driver’s Licenses To DACA Recipients

Beginning February 19, 2013, the Michigan Department of State will begin issuing driver's licenses and state identification cards to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. The change is based on an United...more

2/5/2013 - DACA Deferred Action Driver's Licenses Secretary of State

2014 H-1B Visas

Employers may first apply for 2014 H-1B visas for individuals not currently in H-1B status on April 1, 2013 with a start date of October 1, 2013. The 2013 H-1B visa cap was reached on June 11, 2012 and this year we expect the...more

1/31/2013 - H-1B Visas

USCIS Announces Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Process

On March 4, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting applications for a new provisional waiver process that will allow qualifying immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents) of U.S....more

1/5/2013 - Unlawful Presence Waivers USCIS Visas

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