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Fiscal Year 2016 H-1B Cap Is Reached

On April 7, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it had reached the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2016. The USCIS also announced that it had received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B...more

4/9/2015 - H-1B Lottery USCIS Visa Caps Visas

DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants

On February 24, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule that extends eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based...more

2/27/2015 - DHS Employment Authorization Document H-4 Spouses H1-B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Non-Immigrant Visas USCIS Visas

January 2015 Immigration Alert

Happy New Year!!! All of us in the Immigration Law Group at Epstein Becker Green wish you the very best for a healthy and prosperous 2015. We hope that all your petitions and applications are approved and that...more

1/19/2015 - Barack Obama Department of State Executive Orders H-1B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Immigration Procedures Immigration Reform J-1 Visas OPT USCIS Visa Bulletins Visa Caps Visas

Immigration Alert: September 2014

Sixth Circuit Expands the Liability of Health Care Employers for Sponsorship Costs - On August 20, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued its decision in Kutty v. U.S. Department of Labor, No....more

9/22/2014 - Affordable Care Act Appeals Discrimination DOJ DOL EB-2 EB-3 Employer Liability Issues H-1B Health Care Providers Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Hiring & Firing Hospitals I-9 J-1 Visas National Origin Discrimination Sponsors Staffing Agencies USCIS

Special Immigration Alert: USCIS Releases Updated Guidance on H-1B Eligibility for Nurses

On July 21, 2014, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") released a policy memorandum ("PM"), dated July 11, 2014, which provided the first new guidance on H-1B eligibility for nurses in 12 years!...more

8/5/2014 - Corporate Counsel Guidance Update H-1B Hiring & Firing Nurses USCIS

Special Immigration Alert: U.S. Consulates in Canada Temporarily Suspend Third Country National Visa Processing for Summer

We confirmed today that the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Canada all will limit nonimmigrant visa appointments by third-country nationals (TCNs) not working and residing in Canada for the summer due to staffing concerns...more

6/6/2014 - Canada Immigrants Visas

Special Immigration Alert: DHS Issues Proposed Rules to Retain Highly Skilled Foreign Workers

DHS Proposes to Issue Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Spouses - On May 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") proposed a rule that would authorize employment authorization for certain H-4...more

5/15/2014 - DHS Foreign Workers H-1B H-4 Spouses Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Immigrants Visas

Immigration Alert: April 2014

I. USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2015 H-1B Cap - As most H-1B employers know, there is an annual quota on the number of new H-1B petitions that can be approved each federal fiscal year. The quota is 65,000 for regular H-1B...more

4/29/2014 - H-1B I-9 Immigrants OCAHO USCIS Visas

Special Immigration Alert: USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap for FY 2015

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year ("FY") 2015. USCIS also announced that it had received...more

4/9/2014 - H-1B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa USCIS Visa Caps Visas

Immigration Alert: January 2014

I. H-1B Nonimmigrant Season Opens on April 1, 2014, for Fiscal Year 2015 - As most H-1B employers know, there is an annual quota on the number of new H-1B petitions that can be approved each federal fiscal year. The...more

2/4/2014 - Affordable Care Act Department of State E-2 E-3 Employee Rights FLSA Foreign Nationals H-1B I-9 ICE Immigrants Non-Immigrant Visas OCAHO Termination Undocumented Immigrants USCIS Visas

Immigration Alert: October 2013

I. USCIS Instructs on Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses - On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States ("SCOTUS") held that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") was unconstitutional....more

10/30/2013 - Department of State Discrimination DOJ DOMA EEOC FLSA Green Cards I-9 Immigrants Immigration Reform Marriage Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor USCIS Visas

Special Immigration Alert: 2015 Diversity Visa Lottery Begins on October 1, 2013, and Ends on November 2, 2013

The Department of State ("DOS") has announced the registration period for the DV-2015 Diversity Visa ("DV-2015") lottery. It will begin on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. EDT (GMT-4), and will conclude on Saturday,...more

10/1/2013 - Foreign Nationals Visas

Special Immigration Alert: The Immigration Ripple Effect of a Government Shutdown

The looming prospect of a Government shutdown will have a significant impact on the immigration process. Activities of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be largely unaffected because it is funded by...more

9/27/2013 - Department of State DOL Government Shutdown Immigrants PERM USCIS

Immigration Alert: July 2013

I. SCOTUS Holds DOMA Unconstitutional - On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States ("SCOTUS") held that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") was unconstitutional. United States v. Windsor,...more

7/22/2013 - DHS DOMA Estate Tax Foreign Nationals Immigrants Immigration Reform Marriage Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor USCIS Visas

Immigration Alert: April 2013

In This Issue: Comprehensive Immigration Reform Debate Begins! USCIS Reports That H-1B Cap Is Reached in First Week; New Form I-9 Becomes Effective on May 7, 2013; CBP Announces Form I-94 Automation; DOS Permits Access to...more

5/2/2013 - Department of State Discrimination DOJ EB-5 FLSA Fraud H-1B I-9 Immigrants Immigration Reform USCIS Visa Caps Visas

Immigration Alert: January 2013

In this issue: - H-1B Nonimmigrant Season Opens on April 1, 2013, for Fiscal Year 2014 - Report Finds Immigration Laws Frustrate the Admission of Critical Health Care Professionals - Senators Offer...more

1/30/2013 - Affordable Care Act Discrimination DOJ E-Verify Fraud H-1B Healthcare Healthcare Professionals Immigration Reform Visas

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